The big issue in DC is still the separation of immigrant children from their families at the southwest US border, or more precisely, how to reunite them. In order to gain sufficient support for ways to address this and other immigration issues, the House has postponed a vote on an immigration bill. * The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a bulletin to states about implementing a law that requires Medicaid to cover EPSDT services to children receiving inpatient psychiatric care. * The Department has not provided information about the future of grants to the “navigators” that help people enroll in health plans in Affordable Care Act marketplaces. * In other news, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has, for the first time, approved a drug derived from marijuana. It is approved for the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy. Read about these issues and more in this week’s Update.

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