CVS plans to close 22 underperforming stores in early 2020. CVS has already shuttered 46 stores in 2019, while Walgreens has closed more than 200 locations this year. (CNBC)

CRISPR, the gene editing tool, passes safety test. Immune system cells were taken from the blood of three patients in the U.S. and altered to better attack cancer. Doctors are not yet positive if this tool will improve overall survival rates. (STAT)

Kentucky Governor-elect Andy Beshear plans to rescind the Medicaid work requirement. The measure requires individuals to work or actively participate in job training to receive health coverage. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 27% of Kentuckians receive insurance through Medicaid. (CNBC)

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer voided a rule that would make it easier for healthcare providers to deny abortions and other medical services on religious or moral grounds. The judge determined the rule to be unconstitutionally coercive and stated that it conflicts with a variety of federal laws. (Reuters)

Google searches for Movember-related preventative screenings are on the decline, according to research from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Searches related to October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pinktober, have remained constant, suggesting that the latter may be a more effective campaign. (MM&M)