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August 22, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
David Brodsky says he is saddened and frustrated—saddened because he lost the companionship of his 81-year-old wife, Caroline, to Alzheimer’s disease,
August 22, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
Hospital readmission rates for enrollees in Medicare Advantage (MA) are slightly higher than for those in traditional, fee-for-service Medicare plans, a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports.
August 22, 2019
By Madeline Peltzer
The Trump administration is rolling out new payment rules and incentives under an executive order to deliver better health care for kidney disease, a condition that afflicts 37 million people in the United States and has limited treatment options.
August 22, 2019
By Ashley Bateman, Ashley Herzog
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have rolled out new resources to help states navigate the process of obtaining State Relief and Empowerment Waivers, also known as Section 1332 waivers, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
August 21, 2019
By Ashley Bateman
Hospice providers under Medicare commonly deliver poor service that endangers the health of those using the program, the Office of Inspector General in the U.S Department of Health and Human Services reports.
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August 20, 2019
By Madeline Peltzer
Certified professional midwives in Michigan are now subject to a state occupational licensure requirement.
August 20, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
The Trump administration’s plans to promote transparency in drug pricing suffered a significant, if not entirely unexpected,
August 19, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) turned down a first of its kind request to provide 90 percent funding for expanding Medicaid to able-bodied adults
August 19, 2019
By Kelsey Hackem
The Trump administration is working to permit the importation of less-expensive prescription drugs originally intended for foreign markets.
August 12, 2019
By Jim Lakely
Week of August 5, 2019
August 2, 2019
By Ashley Herzog
The issue of Medicaid reform was in the spotlight at a hearing before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee during state budget discussions.
August 2, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
Opioids, the powerful painkillers that have brought relief to millions only to become a severe health problem of their own, were overprescribed by doctors to an unsuspecting public, a new report states.
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August 1, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
Air ambulance companies bill consumers and private insurers 4.1 to 9.5 times more than what Medicare pays for the same service, a study from Johns Hopkins University finds.
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July 31, 2019
By Jeff Reynolds
A new rule announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow providers of Medicare Advantage plans to expand the kinds of benefits they offer so they can compete more with each other and attract more participants overall.
July 31, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
In another sign of growing impatience with the high cost of prescription drugs, bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House that would limit pharmaceutical companies’ ability to delay the entry of generic drugs into the market.
July 30, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
The national discussion on what to do about surprise medical bills has overshadowed a bill in Congress that would freeze the practice of hospital consolidation whereby large companies buy smaller hospitals and then raise their prices.
July 30, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
A bill intended to increase the number of Americans with health insurance coverage and reduce insurance premium prices is gaining some traction on Capitol Hill with the introduction of several related bills.
July 29, 2019
By Rocco Cimino
San Francisco has become the first city in the country to ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes.
July 29, 2019
By Kelsey Hackem
Lawmakers in Wisconsin are resisting calls to expand Medicaid in the wake of a report by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) claiming expansion would lower premiums in the individual health insurance market by 7 to 11 percent.
July 26, 2019
By Ashley Herzog
The Ohio Senate is trying to tackle rising medical costs with provisions in the chamber’s version of the state’s budget that would ban surprise medical bills and require hospitals and health care providers to be more transparent in their pricing.
July 25, 2019
By Jake Grant
Establishing a reinsurance program for the individual health insurance market and requiring large insurers to offer direct primary care coverage in their plans could help Georgia address “continuing problems” in the state’s health care system, a new study
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July 25, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
A U.S. Senate panel is considering a bipartisan proposal that could broaden patent protection on discoveries involving natural processes, including human genes.
July 25, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
No longer content to let government, hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies shape the nation’s health care system, employers are showing a growing willingness to rein in rising medical costs on their own, concludes a new report by the PwC Health Rese
July 24, 2019
By Andrew Whitney
The Michigan Department of Public Health (DHHS) is offering up to eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to residents who call a tobacco quit line.
July 24, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
In a far-reaching executive order, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to spearhead a multiagency effort to assist patients in making informed decisions when addressing their health care needs.
July 24, 2019
By Jake Grant
Within hours of hearing oral arguments, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected an effort to stop a petition drive that would put Medicaid expansion on the 2020 ballot.
July 1, 2019
By John C. Goodman
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have put aside grandiose thoughts of Medicare for All and single-payer health insurance—at least for a day or two.
July 1, 2019
By Grace-Marie Turner
There is no question that many millions of Americans are frustrated with our current health care system.
July 1, 2019
The Illinois House passed a bill that would authorize the state’s Department of Insurance to reject health insurance price increases it deems unreasonable.
July 1, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
Plans to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional North Carolina residents remain in limbo, with lawmakers arguing over how to pay for the program and whether the expansion should include a work requirement.
July 1, 2019
One in four Americans either skipped health care treatment in the last 12 months or borrowed money to pay for it, a national survey by West Health Policy Center and Gallup finds.
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July 1, 2019
By Jeff Reynolds
A new rule announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow providers of Medicare Advantage plans to expand the kinds of benefits they offer so they can compete more with each other and attract more participants overall.
June 28, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
Editor’s Note: California lawmakers reached a budget deal on June 9 that will extend full-scope Medicaid benefits to low-income adults age 19 to 26 regardless of U.S. citizenship or legal immigrant status.
June 28, 2019
By Ashley Herzog
Government imposed fines, jail time and other measures to increase measles vaccination rates is calling into question the wisdom and ethics behind such measures.
June 28, 2019
The Illinois House passed a bill that would authorize the state’s Department of Insurance to reject health insurance price increases it deems unreasonable.
June 28, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
America’s $450 billion-a-year drug industry is about to get a new wrinkle as a rule finalized in May by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires all pharmaceutical companies to include the list prices of their drugs and biological p
June 27, 2019
By Ashley Herzog
The Trump administration is trying to help lower Medicare costs by offering primary care doctors a flat fee instead of the fee-for-service model currently in place.
June 27, 2019
By Leo Pusateri
In a time when 51 percent of millennials say they have a positive view of socialism, there is an organization spreading the word of free markets and capitalism in one of the sectors most vulnerable to government command and control: health care.
June 26, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
Contrary to what some politicians say, short-term limited duration health insurance (STLDI) is not “junk insurance” but an attractive option for a large number of people and won’t undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges, a new report says.
June 25, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
Louisiana lawmakers are pushing forward several bills in response to an audit of the state’s Medicaid program which resulted in the removal of 30,000 people from rolls because they earned too much money.