Analysis and Insight

Beyond daily news coverage, the American Health Line editorial team has taken in-depth looks at some of the more complex health care issues. Below you'll find several of these features.
  • Yes, federal judges just struck down part of the ACA. Here's why stakeholders shouldn't panic—yet.

    December 19, 2019

    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a 2-1 ruling issued Wednesday struck down the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as unconstitutional, but left the rest of the law intact—at least for now. Here's what you need to know.

  • Medicare for All, Google's health care plans, and more. 2019's most popular stories.

    December 18, 2019

    American Health Line's editorial team covered a wide range of health care stories this year, including the 2020 election, value-based care models, and more. We've rounded up American Health Line's top 10 most-read stories of 2019.

  • Your guide to a healthier, happier 2020

    December 16, 2019

    American Health Line's editorial team in 2019 read through scores of news stories and studies on the lifestyle choices that we face every day—from whether diet sodas increase the risk of premature death to whether exercising in the morning is better.

  • Pharmacy benefit managers, explained

    November 21, 2019

    Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have gained national attention as regulators have sought to address rising prescription drug prices. But how exactly do these companies fit into the drug supply chain? American Health Line's Jose Vasquez and Advisory Board's Gina Lohr break down everything you need to know about PBMs.

  • How to resolve 'surprise' billing? It's a sticking point for Congress.

    November 7, 2019

    The issue of surprise bills has gripped the nation and Congress plans to take action. But there is one major roadblock: federal lawmakers cannot decide whether rate setting or arbitration is the best way to settle such bills. American Heath Line breaks down both of these proposals.

  • Yes, America has a nursing shortage. (But it isn't what you think.)

    October 22, 2019

    As baby boomers retire and more novice nurses join the workforce, health systems are facing a new kind of nursing shortage: an experience shortage. American Health Line's Danielle Poindexter spoke with experts to learn about the experience shortage and what nursing leaders can do to close the experience gap.

  • Maternal mortality in the US, charted

    October 9, 2019

    Black women were three times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women between 2007 and 2016, even among states with the lowest maternal mortality rates. Here's how providers and states are addressing the problem.

  • Cleveland Clinic wants to double its patient population in 5 years. Can it do it?

    October 1, 2019

    In his 2019 annual address, Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Tom Mihaljevic announced an audacious five-year goal: to become "the best place for health care anywhere." It was a sign that the system wasn't content to rest on its laurels. But how would it actually try to follow through? American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell dives deep to find out

  • The 5 latest health care moves by Amazon, Google, Apple, and more

    September 20, 2019

    American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell breaks down five stories you should know about the moves Big Tech disruptors have made in the past month—and how they could impact the health care industry.

  • Is $4.5B a fair price for a wrist surgery? (Hint: No.)

    September 9, 2019

    Jay Crawford, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, recently argued in STAT News that a colleague "should have been paid $4.5 billion for fixing my broken wrist, not $1,000." Here's why Crawford's argument is misguided—and what it nonetheless reveals about U.S. health care prices, according to American Health Line's Thomas Seay.

  • 5 years ago, Mayo Clinic made 3 huge bets. Are they paying off?

    August 20, 2019

    Five years ago, Mayo Clinic embraced a strategic plan to revitalize the 150-year-old system, including three strategic gambles that ran counter to prevailing wisdom. So how have Mayo's big bets worked in practice? American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell dives deep to find out.

  • Congress has grown silent on the controversial 340B program—but here's why it still matters

    July 26, 2019

    Legislative efforts to reform the controversial 340B Drug Pricing Program appear to have lost momentum in Congress, but experts say the forthcoming 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule could include proposals to address critics' concerns. American Health Line outlines where the 340B debate stands—and what changes experts expect.

  • CVS is opening 1,500 HealthHUBs. What's their endgame?

    July 23, 2019

    In June, CVS Health announced that it would create 1,500 new HealthHUB stores—a model that provides around 80% of the services of the average primary care practice. American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell explores why and outlines the key takeaways for providers.

  • Disruptor watch: The 7 latest health care moves by Amazon, Google, Uber, and more

    July 16, 2019

    Want to know what Amazon, Apple, Google, and other tech giants are up to in health care? American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell breaks down seven stories you should know about the big moves disruptors have made in the past month—and how they could affect the industry.

  • Your debate night primer: Where the 2020 Democratic hopefuls differ on health care

    June 26, 2019

    Millions of voters will tune in tonight and tomorrow to watch the Democratic presidential hopefuls cross swords in the first 2020 presidential debates—and health care is sure to emerge as a point of contention. Here's where the candidates stand on hot-button topics ranging from Medicare-for-All to prescription drug prices to marijuana legalization.

  • No, burnout isn't a 'medical condition.' (But it's still a big problem.)

    June 19, 2019

    In recent weeks, dozens of media outlets reported that "burnout" has been promoted to a full-fledged medical condition in the ICD-11. That wasn't exactly true—but the real story reveals why it's so important to manage the hazards of workplace burnout.

  • The 7 little-known ways Facebook is changing health care

    June 14, 2019

    This week, Facebook announced they were launching a blood donation tool on the site in several major U.S. cities. The move comes just weeks after they hired a former Google health executive to run their health efforts and made other high-profile health care moves. American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell explains what these efforts could mean for the company's future in health care.

  • The $80B question: How does Uber plan to disrupt the health care industry

    June 6, 2019

    Uber's initial public offering last month was one of the largest in tech history—starting trading at $45 a share, or a $82 million total valuation—and its efforts in health care were a major part of that sky-high figure. American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell outlines the five things you should know about their health care efforts.

  • Google's health care ambitions are way bigger than you realize

    March 13, 2019

    Do you think you understand the full scope of Google's ambitions in health care? Think again. The tech giant's health efforts are more far-reaching and ambitious than nearly anyone understands—but they're united by these six visions for transforming health care, Jackie Kimmell reports for American Health Line.

  • Haven 101: What we know about the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan joint venture so far

    May 20, 2019

    The Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan joint venture is now over a year old—and excitement about its prospects seems to be diminishing in the industry. But is that warranted? The American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell explores questions to highlight what we actually know about the venture so far. 
  • 4 key takeaways from CMS' value-based payment model announcement

    April 24, 2019

    HHS this week unveiled five new value-based payment models intended to shift primary care providers and other eligible professionals away from fee-for-service (FFS) payments. Here are four key takeaways from the announcement.

  • What would it really mean to strike down the ACA? Here are 5 of the biggest implications.

    April 5, 2019

    The Department of Justice now wants a federal appeals court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. But what exactly would happen to the health care industry if the Supreme Court strikes down the law? American Health Line rounds up experts' predictions—and many say the effects would be more far-reaching than you might expect.

  • Lyft is betting big on health care (and it's honing in on these 3 key audiences)

    April 2, 2019

    Lyft started trading publicly on Friday—with a robust start that could make the company one of the most valuable companies to go public in the last decade. One problem? The company has never been profitable. American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell explores why the company's betting on health care to reverse that equation—and the three health care audiences it's pursuing to get there.  

  • These 10 common substances would get you banned from Major League Baseball

    Major League Baseball swings into season today, accompanied as always by controversy surrounding performance-enhancing drugs—but did you know that your own pantry or medicine cabinet might contain substances that would get you banned from baseball? American Health Line breaks down 10 substances banned from MLB that are surprisingly commonplace off the field.

  • Gottlieb is leaving FDA. Here's the legacy he'll leave behind.

    March 6, 2019

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sent waves through Capitol Hill and the health care industry on Tuesday when he announced he will resign from his position within the next month. As Heather Bell writes for American Health Line, Gottlieb had largely overcome initial criticism to establish himself as the rare Trump administration official who garnered support from policymakers on both sides of the aisle.

  • Where the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates stand on health care issues

    February 22, 2019

    Over the past few months, several candidates have joined and dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. American Health Line has rounded up where the remaining Democratic candidates stand on health care, and will continue to update this roundup throughout the 2020 presidential primary season.

  • The 10 best #HealthPolicyValentines of 2019

    February 14, 2019

    You've endured a long, cold winter, and now, at long last, it's here: Valentine's Day, when #HealthPolicyValentines take over our Twitter feeds—and our hearts. American Health Line's gathered 10 of our favorites from this year's batch, from "It's the prices, Cupid" to "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's S05.91XA (unspecified injury of right eye and orbit, initial encounter)."

  • The 5 ways Apple wants to transform health care

    January 24, 2019

    Perhaps because of the sheer breadth of Apple's ambitions, it can be tough to pin down the company's goals in health care. To help, American Health Line distilled all the confusing and sometimes-contradictory reporting into the five concrete ways Apple wants to transform the industry.

  • Hospital prices are now online. But can you decipher them?

    January 14, 2019

    CMS' new price transparency rule, which mandates that hospitals post their list of standard charges online, took effect on January 1st—and the initial data paint a confusing picture for patients. American Health Line breaks down the coverage to highlight the different ways providers have been responding to the rule and hints into how it might evolve.

  • The 5 top health care stories of 2018—and what to expect in 2019

    December 21, 2018

    As 2018 comes to a close, we're taking a look back at the biggest stories in health care. From major changes to state Medicaid programs to a state-led lawsuit that might yet succeed in toppling the Affordable Care Act where Republican lawmakers failed, American Health Line's coverage in 2018 focused on topics that most affect the health care industry.

  • Millennials are poorer than their parents. (But they're still spending twice as much on health care.)

    December 19, 2018

    Millennials spend nearly twice as much on health care as previous generations—even though they have less money to spend overall, according to a report from the Federal Reserve. American Health Line explores what millennial patients actually want from the health care system.

  • Your guide to a healthier, happier 2019

    December 18, 2018

    American Health Line's editorial team in 2018 read through scores of news stories and studies on the lifestyle choices that we face every day—from whether to start a low-carb diet for weight loss to how long to exercise. As part of our Year in Review, we compiled this list of top stories to help you stay happy and healthy in 2019.

  • A closer look: The top five American Health Line Analyses & Insights of 2018

    December 7, 2018

    American Health Line's editors and writers covered some big topics this year, including Medicare's 340B drug discount program pricing controversy, a major leadership departure at Mayo Clinic, and the year-one results from MACRA's Quality Payment Program. Below, we round up American Health Line's top five must-read Analysis & Insight pieces of 2018.

  • The 6 must-watch campaign ads that reveal how health care is shaping the midterm elections

    November 1, 2018

    As congressional candidates make their final appeals to voters, American Health Line looks at some of the most notable health care ads that graced the airways this election session.

  • The cancer jargon dictionary: 25 terms you need to know

    October 11, 2018

    Can you define CAR T-cell therapy? How about BCRA, melanoma, and myeloma? If you're fuzzy on the details, check out American Health Line's cancer jargon dictionary for definitions of 25 of the most commonly used (and sometimes confusing) cancer terms.

  • The highest- and lowest-paid doctors, in 5 charts

    October 5, 2018

    There's no question that physicians are among the country's highest-paid workers: The typical U.S. physician earned $299,000 last year. But why do some doctors get paid two or three times as much as others (or more)? American Health Line dug in to the data to find out.

  • 5 charts that show hospital pricing is even wilder than you think

    September 25, 2018

    Journalists and lawmakers increasingly are digging into stories about "surprise medical bills," but they often leave a root question unexamined: Where did those hospital prices come from in the first place? American Health Line analyzed Medicare's data files to see the range of average covered charges (the list price billed by the hospital) at every hospital in the United States for five common conditions.

  • The ACA is in serious legal jeopardy, experts say. What would striking down the law mean today?

    September 12, 2018

    When Republican-led states filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate—and the Affordable Care Act itself—few were concerned, but a federal judge caused heads to turn last year when he struck down the entire law. American Health Line spoke to experts to get a clearer picture of just how chaotic things could get if this case continues to gain traction and, ultimately, reaches the Supreme Court.

  • How Trump can (and can't) change health care via waivers

    September 7, 2018

    Even though the GOP fell short in its efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last year, the Trump administration remains dedicated to reforming health care through state-based waivers. American Health Line breaks down the three most significant ways the White House could change health care via waivers—and explains the limits of waiver authority.

  • The 4 biggest health care mega-mergers of the past year

    August 30, 2018

    With 2018's global merger and acquisition activity on pace to break records, it appears that the number and scale of M&A deals won't be decreasing anytime soon. Here are the four biggest health care mergers and acquisitions rumored or pending right now.

  • Q&A: Meet Mayo Clinic's next CEO, Gianrico Farrugia—and the 3 challenges Noseworthy says he'll face

    August 14, 2018

    Mayo Clinic's next president and CEO, Gianrico Farrugia, and Mayo's current president and CEO, John Noseworthy, spoke with American Health Line about why Mayo remains committed to physician leadership, its strategy for growth, and the three biggest challenges Farrugia will take on when he assumes the role of CEO in January 2019.
  • 3 more health myths you (probably) believe—and the real science behind them

    August 2, 2018

    Even for those of us who work in health care, it can be hard to distinguish myth from fact when it comes to our health. Therefore, American Health Line dug into three more common health myths to learn their origin and to help you understand the scientific evidence behind them.

  • 3 things to know from the big news coming out of the Alzheimer's Association's International Conference this week

    July 27, 2018

    Thousands of scientists at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference this week in Chicago to discuss new findings about disease—which already afflicts 5.5 million U.S. residents, and could affect three times as many by 2050. American Health Line has rounded up the three most important things you should know about what they discussed.

  • 4 health myths you (probably) believe—and the true science behind them

    July 19, 2018

    Have you ever shared an amazing-sounding "fact" about health or the human body, only to be embarrassed later when you learn that fact either was unsupported or wrong? To help, American Health Line's dug into four of the most common inaccurate health myths and brought you the science behind them.

  • Twitter asks: Are you a medical researcher—or a serial killer?

    July 3, 2018

    Packing your bags full of human forearms. Picking pieces of brain off your face. Luring strangers into your basement to inflict pain. Are these the activities of a serial killer—or a medical researcher? Twitter users are exploring the strange overlap between the two vocations under the hashtag #SerialKillerOrScientist—and American Health Line's pulled out our favorites.

  • The 3 ways Trump could reshape health policy through Medicaid waivers

    May 29, 2018

    If you've read health care news in recent months, you've seen plenty of headlines about how states—from Kentucky to Utah—want to reshape their Medicaid programs via "waivers." But what exactly do these waivers allow? In the first part of this two-part series, American Health Line breaks down exactly what states can (and can't) do via Medicaid waivers, how the Trump administration has pushed those bounds, and what you can expect next.

  • Barbara Bush passes away—but not before shining a light on end-of-life care

    April 18, 2018

    Shortly before former first lady Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday, her family announced that she would stop curative treatment and seek "comfort care" at home—a move experts hope will spark many Americans to consider discussing their own end-of-life wishes with doctors. American Health Line's Scott Orwig explains how one health system created a program to make these difficult conversations easier.

  • Hospital ratings, decoded

    April 13, 2018

    Hospital ratings gets lots of buzz in the news, but do you know what factors actually determine a hospital's rank? American Health Line's Rachel Schulze dove into four of the most popular lists—from U.S. News & World Report, Leapfrog, and more—to find out how they work and why they're so controversial.

  • The new way to get into MARCA's Advanced APM track, explained

    March 26, 2018

    For 2018, the only way to qualify for MACRA's Advanced APM track—and its 5% incentive payment—is through Medicare Alternative Payment Models. Here's what you need to know about the new All-Payer Combination Option to qualify from 2019 on.

  • MACRA made simple. (Really.)

    March 1, 2018

    If you've followed the twists and turns in Medicare's latest changes to provider payments, you know that news coverage tends to devolve into alphabet soup: "CMS last year released a final rule for MACRA's QPP in 2018, with details on the MIPS and Advanced APM tracks." Confused yet? Don't worry—here's American Health Line's rundown of what you really need to know.

  • Exclusive: Mayo Clinic CEO on why he's stepping down, Mayo's future, and more

    February 21, 2018

    A day after announcing he will step down as Mayo Clinic's president and CEO at the end of 2018, John Noseworthy spoke with American Health Line's Josh Zeitlin about his 9-year tenure as chief executive, his approach to leading through change, and his advice for the Clinic's next leader.

  • The 340B drug pricing controversy, explained

    February 1, 2018

    The controversy over the 340B drug discount program has escalated to a new level: CMS has proposed major reimbursement cuts, including $1.6 billion in 2018 alone, and health care organizations countered with a lawsuit claiming the agency is jeopardizing patients' health. American Health Line explains what you should know about the 340B program: how it works, who it serves, why it's controversial, and what reimbursement cuts could mean for providers.
  • #HealthPolicyValentines are back. Here are our 10 favorites.

    February 14, 2018

    Health care policy wonks are professing their love with #HealthPolicyValentines, a social media tradition that's been going strong since 2012. American Health Line's Ben Palmer gathered the 10 best Twitter has to offer—from "Will you be my qualifying life event?" to "Much like payments for certain episodes of care, you and I are best when bundled together."

  • The top 5 health care trends to watch in 2018

    January 9, 2018

    The health care industry is in for another roller-coaster year in health policy, as Republicans in Congress set their sights on reforming Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act—all while the industry faces looming challenges from hackers and the still-raging opioid epidemic. American Health Line details what you need to watch for in 2018.

  • Your guide to a healthier, happier 2018

    January 2, 2018

    American Health Line's editorial team in 2017 read through thousands of news stories and studies on the lifestyle choices that we face every day—from whether to treat dark chocolate as a health food (don't) to the behaviors most commonly associated with cancer. Here's what we found.

  • The 5 top health policy movers and shakers of 2017 (plus 3 runners-up)

    December 21, 2017

    Here's American Health Line's annual list of the top players who influenced health policy in 2017—ranging from leaders in the Trump administration and Congress to a certain high-profile Twitter account.

  • The 10 top health care stories of 2017—and what to expect next

    December 20, 2017

    From the Congressional debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act to the ongoing implementation of the MACRA, American Health Line's coverage in 2017 focused on topics that most affect the health care industry. What were the biggest stories of the year? American Health Line's editorial team rounds up the top 10 stories of 2017.

  • Side-by-side: How the House and Senate tax bills would affect health care

    December 4, 2017

    American Health Line has put together a side-by-side chart showing how the new conference committee version of the GOP tax reform bill, which will likely pass Congress this week, compares with the House- and Senate-passed versions—including how the bills could affect health insurance, executive compensation, hospital construction projects, Medicare, academic medical centers, patients' medical expenses, and even alcohol-related deaths.

  • A closer look: The top five American Health Line Analyses & Insights of 2017

    December 7, 2017

    American Health Line's editors and writers covered some big topics this year, including the future of the CHIP program and the consequences rescinding the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate could have on other popular provisions of the law.

  • A debate dividing the industry: Is it 'healthcare' or 'health care'?

    December 5, 2017

    On Monday, the Associated Press reignited a debate that has divided clinicians, policymakers, and journalists alike: Should the phrase so often used to describe our industry be "healthcare"—one word—or "health care"? Here's what industry stakeholders told American Health Line.

  • Back to basics: 5 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about health insurance

    November 30, 2017

    The U.S. health insurance system is one of the most complex in the world, so we don't blame you if you need a refresher on the basics. American Health Line answers five key questions surrounding the different payers, methods of reimbursement, various forms of cost-sharing, and the most common types of plans on the market.

  • Is health care's 'retail revolution' here? Depends what you mean.

    Consumers have more choices than ever about where to seek care, but experts say a true "retail revolution," in which patients regularly shop around for the best prices, has yet to reach the health care industry. American Health Line spoke with stakeholders to learn about the obstacles holding the industry back.

  • CHIP expired 47 days ago. How did we get here, again?

    November 16, 2017

    Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program expired 47 days ago. This is not the first lapse in CHIP funding—but it is by far the longest, and lawmakers do not appear any closer to passing a renewal. American Health Line explores the political and policy questions at play and how they differ from those during the 2007 funding gap.

  • The Trump era is dawning for ACA open enrollment. Here are 6 big changes to expect.

    October 31, 2017

    Beginning Wednesday, consumers will be able to shop and enroll in exchange coverage for 2018, but the experience will be different in the Trump era when compared with previous years. American Health Line rounds up the six biggest ways this open enrollment period is likely to stand out from the past.

  • Rx drug prices are causing ‘financial toxicity.’ Here's how to address it.

    October 19, 2017

    Prescription drug prices continue to rise placing an increasing financial burden on patients and families—but industry experts outline three key steps providers can take to ease out-of-pocket costs for patients and reduce uncompensated care costs.

  • 6 ways Graham-Cassidy would overhaul Medicaid

    September 26, 2017

    The Graham-Cassidy health reform bill would go further than previous GOP bills in changing Medicaid, which covers nearly one-third of U.S. residents at some point each year. American Health Line breaks down the six changes you need to know.

  • Side-by-side: The ACA vs. Graham-Cassidy

    September 25, 2017

    American Health Line provides a side-by-side breakdown of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the latest Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace the ACA from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

  • No, the 50-vote ACA repeal option wouldn't die after Sept. 30—unless the GOP wants it to

    September 21, 2017

    There's a lot of talk about how the GOP has a Sept. 30 deadline to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 50 votes. But in truth, experts tell American Health Line Republicans would still have several paths to repeal after Sept. 30—if they choose to take them.

  • Is the exchange market stable? Depends on how you think about it, experts say

    September 15, 2017

    Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided when it comes to health care, and perhaps no question more sharply divides the parties than the question of how well the Affordable Care Act's exchanges are working. So who's right? American Health Line recently sat down with industry experts to find out whether they consider the exchanges to be "stable" and discuss the key questions surrounding their sustainability.

  • See the 253 hospitals in the eclipse path of totality—and what they're doing to prepare

    August 18, 2017

    Millions of people are expected to travel to see the total solar eclipse, and the hospitals in the path of totality and those close by it have been preparing for months, making sure they'll be fully staffed, stocked up on supplies, and ready for a potential onslaught of visitors.

  • Trump might stop cost-sharing reduction payments. What would that mean?

    August 7, 2017

    President Trump has repeatedly threatened to halt payments that reimburse insurers for reducing out-of-pocket costs for low-income enrollees on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. Here's what you need to know about the payments and what could happen if Trump halts them.

  • ACA repeal has been declared 'dead' countless times. What would really mean it's failed?

    August 1, 2017

    The conventional wisdom is that under Senate rules, the GOP's effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act will be officially "dead" if it doesn't pass by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. But a former Senate parliamentarian tells American Health Line that things aren't so simple.

  • No, the American Psychoanalytic Association didn't just junk the 'Goldwater rule'

    July 26, 2017

    The Twittersphere was abuzz Tuesday about a STAT News article that suggested the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) was breaking with a longstanding policy that bars psychiatrists from commenting on a public official's mental health. There's just one problem: the American Psychoanalytic Association had never adopted that policy in the first place.

  • Your jargon dictionary for the Senate debate

    July 26, 2017

    There's a lot of jargon in the current health reform debate. American Health Line has you covered with our new explainer on key terms, including reconciliation, the Byrd rule, points of order, and substitute amendments.
  • Updated side-by-side: The ACA vs. the BCRA

    July 21, 2017

    The American Health Line team put together a chart to compare several key provisions and effects of the Affordable Care Act, the original Senate GOP health care bill, and the newly updated Senate bill.

  • The flexibility fallacy: Why the Senate bill wouldn't give states much more Medicaid flexibility

    July 12, 2017

    There is some disagreement over just how much state flexibility the Senate GOP's proposed changes to Medicaid financing would create. HHS Secretary Tom Price recently said the proposed changes would make the program "much more flexible for states," but the Congressional Budget Office said most states would not "have substantial additional flexibility" under the Better Care Reconciliation Act. American Health Line's Josh Zeitlin explores who's right in the debate.

  • Would the Senate's coverage cuts lead to more deaths? We asked 10 experts.

    June 27, 2017

    Atul Gawande, the Center for American Progress, and others have argued that the Senate's draft health care bill would lead to more deaths. But is that a fair assessment based on the available evidence? American Health Line's Josh Zeitlin asked the experts.

  • Your guide to what the BCRA would actually do—and the 3 big roadblocks to its passage

    June 23, 2017

    The Senate Thursday released its long-awaited health reform draft bill, and American Health Line developed a side-by-side chart that will help you understand exactly how it differs from the Affordable Care Act and the House-passed health reform bill.

  • See how the ACA compares with the House and Senate health bills

    June 23, 2017

    The American Health Line team put together a chart to compare several key provisions and effects of the Affordable Care Act, House-passed American Health Care Act, and newly released Senate health care bill discussion draft.

  • How the AHCA would fundamentally change Medicaid, which covers 1 in 4 US residents

    June 20, 2017

    GOP lawmakers plan to fundamentally change Medicaid—and the latest reports are that Senate Republicans' bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act might include steeper cuts to the program than House's health care legislation. American Health Line examines the potential effects of those changes and how they differ from current law.
  • Dead or alive? What 10 senators' comments this past week mean for the ACA

    June 13, 2017

    In just the past week, several moderate GOP senators have seemed to become more bullish on the prospects for an Affordable Care Act repeal bill. American Health Line breaks down what you need to know about their comments—and what they say, and don't say, about the Senate's health care efforts.

  • How the AHCA would create 'Three Americas' for health care

    May 30, 2017

    The Affordable Care Act has created "two Americas" for health care—but the House-passed American Health Care Act would create three, each with different implications for hospitals and consumers. American Health Line explores the latest Congressional Budget Office findings and what they could mean for health care in America.

  • The 3 key things to watch for in CBO's looming AHCA score

    May 24, 2017

    The Congressional Budget Office today is expected to release a new score of the House-approved American Health Care Act. American Health Line outlines the three key items we will be watching for when the score drops.

  • CHIP: The 3 looming questions about the soon-to-expire program

    May 18, 2017

    In the weeks since the House-passed the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), industry stakeholders have voiced strong concerns about the bill's potential effects. American Health Line looks at a growing group of stakeholders who are raising concerns about how ACA repeal efforts could affect the future of CHIP—a health care program that covered an estimated 8.4 million U.S. children in 2015.

  • CBO—the health care bill 'scorekeeper'—explained

    May 4, 2017

    Following Thursday's House vote to approve the Republican plan to repeal and replace large portions of the Affordable Care Act, American Health Line breaks down what you need to know about the Congressional Budget Office—and the controversy around its House Republicans' decision to vote on the GOP bill without an updated "score."

  • The first 100 days: How Trump has tackled 5 key areas of health care

    April 28, 2017

    Saturday marks President Trump's 100th day in office and in that time his administration has taken several key actions that have roiled the health care industry. American Health Line takes a look back at Trump's health care agenda thus far and identifies the five key policy issues that have the biggest implications for providers.

  • Automation is threatening jobs in some industries. Is health care next?

    April 19, 2017

    Automation is often cited as a threat to jobs, but some experts say it could actually create new openings in health care. American Health Line takes a closer look at these trends and how automation is being used in the industry.

  • The transition to value-based payments 'can't come soon enough,' one doctor says

    April 11, 2017

    American Health Line Josh Zeitlin spoke with Asaf Bitton, an internist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, about misconceptions about the primary care industry, the transition to value-based payment models, and more.

  • ACA is largely here to stay, Cleveland Clinic CEO says

    April 7, 2017

    Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove says he thinks the Affordable Care Act is largely here to stay—but that lawmakers and regulators can do more bring down health costs. American Health Line outlines the three key steps Cosgrove says policymakers could take to make the U.S. health care system more efficient and less costly.

  • The lawsuit that could sink the ACA, explained

    March 31, 2017

    Here's what you need to know about House v. Price, a lawsuit over Affordable Care Act subsidies that could be on track to collapse the law's exchanges—unless the Trump administration appeals the latest ruling in the case.

  • ACA myth busters: Breaking down the 5 biggest misconceptions

    March 23, 2017

    Is Congress really exempt from Obamacare? Has the Affordable Care Act (ACA) led the quality of U.S. care to plummet? And for that matter, are Obamacare and the ACA even the same thing? On the ACA's seventh anniversary—and as the House gears up to vote on a plan to repeal the law—American Health Line dives into the most enduring myths, misconceptions, and misinterpretations surrounding the law.

  • Could high-risk pools make a comeback post-ACA? Some experts are skeptical.

    March 10, 2017

    High-risk pools are back in the spotlight as a potential element of plans by Republican lawmakers and President Trump to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. American Health Line explores some of the lessons learned from past high-risk pools and ways in which Republicans might seek to address individuals with pre-existing conditions.

  • Can lawmakers cover pre-existing conditions without a mandate?

    February 22, 2017

    The Affordable Care Act's defenders say that keeping some of the law's most popular provisions—such as affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions—requires mandating that everyone have insurance. But some conservative lawmakers say the mandate is unnecessary. Who's right? American Health Line's Sam Bernstein examines the issue.

  • Are the ACA exchanges really in a death spiral?

    February 16, 2017

    Humana this week said it's exiting all Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018, Molina Healthcare announced it might do the same—and Aetna's CEO declared that the exchanges are in a "death spiral." American Health Line spoke with experts to determine what's really going on.
  • Health policy wonks spread Valentine's Day love on Twitter

    February 14, 2017

    Health policy wonks are professing their love on Twitter for everything from bundled payments to antibiotic stewardship with #HealthPolicyValentines. American Health Line rounds up some of the smartest (and funniest) tweets from the annual social media tradition.

  • How a recent story on health system CEO pay misses the mark

    February 9, 2017

    Axios contributor Steven Brill this week published a ranking of the health system CEOs paid the most "for each day a patient spends in their hospital."  But while reasonable people can disagree about whether CEOs are paid appropriately, American Health Line's Josh Zeitlin argues that Brill's metric isn't very illuminating, for three big reasons.

  • How Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch could affect health care policy

    February 1, 2017

    President Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch—whom experts described as a constitutionalist who could play a role in pending health care cases. American Health Line spoke with experts to explore just how Gorsuch could affect pending and future health care cases.
  • The Trump effect: Experts predict how the president will change health care

    January 24, 2017

    A range of health care experts—including Uwe Reinhardt, Ashish Jha, and Thomas Miller—give their takes to American Health Line on how President Trump and the GOP-led Congress may change the industry.

  • A look back: 6 health care experts weigh in on how Obama changed health care

    January 19, 2017

    On President Obama's last full day in office, a range of health care experts—including Uwe Reinhardt, Ashish Jha, and Thomas Miller—give their takes to the American Health Line on how the president has changed the industry.
  • Inside the health care amendments from the Senate's 'vote-a-rama'

    January 12, 2017

    Senators had a late night last night, casting their final votes at around 1:30 a.m. to approve a budget resolution that sets the stage for Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But first, they had to get through a slew of amendments. American Health Line takes a closer look at the amendments and what they say about lawmakers' health care priorities this year.  

  • How researchers are advancing toward a vaccine against Zika

    January 6, 2017

    While the Zika virus is tapering off in the United States amid the cooler weather, researchers are working at full steam to create a safe and effective vaccine against the virus. American Health Line examines some of the vaccines that have shown the greatest potential in early trials.

  • Did you hear? The top 10 health policy quotations of 2016

    December 22, 2016

    What did stakeholders have to say about health care policy in 2016? As the year comes to a close, American Health Line's editorial team rounded up the standout quotations of 2016.

  • A closer look: The top five American Health Line Analyses & Insights of 2016

    December 21, 2016

    American Health Line's editors and writers covered some big topics this year, including the emergence of the Zika virus and the future of the meaningful use program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. We round up American Health Line's top five must-read Analysis & Insight pieces.

  • Top health care movers and shakers of 2016

    From new ways to pay physicians under Medicare to a long-discussed legislative package aimed at supporting U.S. medical innovations, 2016 brought major health care reform efforts that could shape the U.S. health system for years to come. American Health Line breaks down our picks for the top players who shook up the industry in 2016.

  • American Health Line's top 10 stories of 2016

    December 13, 2016

    From the 2016 presidential election's potential effect on health reform to the ongoing implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, American Health Line's coverage in 2016 focused on topics that would most affect U.S. residents and providers. Our editorial team rounds up American Health Line's top 10 stories of 2016, based on reader visits.

  • The GOP plans that could shape health care under Trump's administration

    December 9, 2016

    American Health Line takes a closer look at the Affordable Care Act replacement plans likely to serve as the foundation for health care reform under President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

  • The under-covered story of ACA 'repeal and delay': An immediate multi-billion-dollar tax cut?

    December 6, 2016

    The GOP's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) likely would keep the law's coverage expansions in place for several years—but immediately institute a tax cut worth more than $550 billion over 10 years, perhaps complicating efforts to fund any ACA replacement. American Health Line discusses the potential consequences of the GOP's plan with two experts.

  • Judge's overtime ruling creates uncertainty for hospitals

    November 30, 2016

    American Health Line explores how hospitals had prepared to comply with a federal overtime rule that was set to take effect Dec. 1, and the implementation questions raised after a federal judge temporarily halted the rule's implementation.

  • The fate of two insurer mega-mergers could rest on one key argument

    November 18, 2016

    American Health Line takes a look at why the fate of two mega mergers in the health insurance industry could rest on whether Cigna and Humana—the two companies that would be absorbed by Anthem and Aetna, respectively—are considered "innovative."

  • 10 charts that explain the health care landscape facing a Trump White House

    November 15, 2016

    Donald Trump's election could result in profound changes in health policy—especially as his fellow Republicans have retained control of both the House and the Senate. As Trump continues to scope out his health policy agenda, American Health Line examines how recent trends in health care could affect the next administration's approach to the industry.
  • Who needs Congress? Clinton or Trump could make major health policy changes without changing law.

    November 2, 2016

    While the next president will have to work with Congress to implement many reforms, American Health Line explores the health policy changes the next president could make without Congress' approval.
  • The Obama administration is making its final ACA enrollment push. Will it be enough?

    October 26, 2016

    With less than a week before the 2017 open enrollment period begins, the Obama administration is making one last marketing push to balance the Affordable Care Act's risk pool by boosting exchange enrollment among young adults. But some experts tell American Health Line that more substantial changes are needed to entice that key demographic to enroll.

  • The five key challenges for providers expanding ambulatory care

    October 19, 2016

    Ambulatory care has been growing for nearly a decade—but its growth is posing major problems for providers, including a higher frequency of diagnostic errors and a shortage of data on care quality. American Health Line sat down with the experts to identify five key challenges providers should know.
  • What 10 health care experts would ask Clinton and Trump about health care

    October 11, 2016

    Health care accounts for nearly a fifth of the U.S. economy—but so far in the presidential and vice presidential debates, the candidates running to lead the United States have discussed their health care policies only briefly. American Health Line's Josh Zeitlin asked several health experts to share the top questions they'd ask the candidates.

  • Experts urge Congress to consider health implications in school meals debate

    October 4, 2016

    Lawmakers in the House have proposed tightening eligibility for a free school meals program, saying the revision ultimately helps direct resources to students who need them the most. However, experts tell American Health Line that tightening eligibility could lead to public health consequences.

  • The health care topics missing from the presidential debate

    September 27, 2016

    Last night, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump squared off in the first presidential debate, but health care was missing from the discussion. American Health Line looks at the biggest health care issues affecting the United States and where the candidates stand.

  • States are opening the door to telehealth payments

    September 20, 2016

    Several states that traditionally have been rated poorly for their telehealth services are considering and passing legislation to facilitate greater access and coverage. One expert tells American Health Line that "it's a long time coming."

  • CBO issues grave warning to hospitals. Here is what experts have to say.

    September 14, 2016

    A recent Congressional Budget Office analysis finds most acute care hospitals will have negative profit margins in 2025 unless they improve productivity or otherwise reduce cost growth. American Health Line speaks with the experts to determine what hospitals and policymakers can do to improve hospitals' financial futures.

  • Could a public option health plan replace the ACA's faltering co-ops?

    September 8, 2016

    Sixteen of the 23 cooperative (co-op) health plans established under the Affordable Care Act have shut down, prompting some policymakers to renew calls for a public option health plan to take the co-ops' place. American Health Line asked the experts whether a public option could achieve the co-ops' goals of lowering prices and providing a check on large insurers.

  • What the latest insurer exits mean for the ACA exchanges

    August 23, 2016

    In the past few months, three of the country's biggest insurers have announced they will dramatically reduce their exchange offerings for the upcoming open enrollment period. American Health Line examines what those changes could mean for exchange competition—and possible solutions to restore stability. 

  • The 2017 state ballots that could reshape health care delivery

    August 16, 2016

    The country's biggest health care debates are increasingly held at the state level, with ballot initiatives—such as one in Colorado to create a statewide single-payer health system—acting as the battlegrounds. American Health Line looks at the health care-related ballots state residents will vote on this fall.
  • Expert questions study on ACA premium rate increases

    August 9, 2016

    A recent Health Affairs study finds the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges have tempered overall premium rate increases, but one expert says the findings could be too good to be true. American Health Line details the contrasting arguments.

  • How clinical decision support can help providers adapt to new bundled payment models

    August 3, 2016

    American Health Line's Aly Seidel sat down with John Kontor, executive vice president of Advisory Board's Clinovations, and Stanson Health CMO Jeremy Orr for a Q&A on how hospitals can use clinical decision support to help providers adapt to new payment models .

  • How Democratic presidential nominee Clinton might expand upon Obama's health policy legacy

    July 29, 2016

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president. American Health Line outlines where her health care policy agenda aligns and diverges from those put in motion by President Obama.

  • Rx drug monitoring programs work. Why doesn't Congress mandate their use?

    July 26, 2016

    Research shows that prescription drug monitoring programs can limit overprescribing and reduce opioid-related overdose deaths. American Health Line investigates why Congress has yet to mandate their use, despite an ongoing effort to combat prescription opioid misuse.

  • Where GOP presidential nominee Trump aligns with his party on health care

    July 20, 2016

    The delegates at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday officially nominated Donald Trump for president. American Health Line outlines where his health care policy agenda aligns and diverges from other top Republicans.

  • The health care bills Congress left in limbo

    July 19, 2016

    Congress has officially closed up shop for its seven-week summer recess. American Health Line takes a look at the biggest health care bills left in limbo until lawmakers reconvene in September. 

  • MACRA's a big deal for providers. But what does it mean for patients?

    July 13, 2016

    Most health care providers and policy wonks are familiar with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act—but what will the legislation mean for patients? American Health Line attended a recent briefing where experts suggested patients could see better care coordination, improved end-of-life care, and more.

  • The Medicare trustees say IPAB is coming. Really?

    July 6, 2016

    The Medicare Board of Trustees' latest annual report projects that a controversial Affordable Care Act provision—the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)—will be triggered in 2017. American Health Line checks in with experts to examine how likely that outcome truly is and what it would mean for Medicare. 

  • How Brexit could affect the health care industry

    June 28, 2016

    United Kingdom voters' decision to exit the European Union, known as "Brexit," is causing waves in the health care industry, both inside the U.K. and abroad. American Health Line explores how the decision will affect FDA, drugmakers, medical device makers and health care researchers.

  • Is a popular ACA provision straining the exchange markets?

    June 21, 2016

    Some experts say the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) exchange population is too old and too sick to form a stable market, and one analyst suggests a popular ACA provision could be to blame. American Health Line examines how the law influences young adult enrollment and whether or not there's cause for concern.
  • Amid horror in Orlando, a renewed focus on FDA blood donation rules

    June 14, 2016

    As lawmakers expressed horror and resolve following this weekend's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, some also called attention to a little-known FDA blood donation restriction. American Health Line details the discussion and events that took place following the tragic event -- including how one hospital scrambled to respond.

  • Here's how you can stay sun-safe this summer

    June 7, 2016

    Summer is here and with it comes prominent sunscreen displays in retail stores, but not all of the sunscreen on display is created equal—and some experts say regulatory hurdles are partly to blame. American Health Line dives into the debate and uncovers how consumers can protect themselves from the sun while waiting for regulators to act.

  • Zika is coming to the US. Don't panic; become an expert.

    May 31, 2016

    American Health Line tells you everything you need to know about the Zika virus, including the latest information on Zika, how it could affect U.S. residents, what can be done to curb a U.S. Zika outbreak and whether the United States is prepared for Zika's arrival.
  • Experts lambast study on medical error-related deaths

    May 24, 2016

    Some experts are questioning a BMJ study that made headlines earlier this month with its conclusion that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. American Health Line highlights the arguments challenging the study and whether the researchers in fact buried their own "key argument."

  • What MACRA means for meaningful use

    May 18, 2016

    CMS' recent release of a proposed rule that would implement value-based payment programs under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (HR 2) has raised a lot of questions. American Health Line speaks with stakeholders to shed some light on how the proposed rule will affect the future of the meaningful use program.
  • State legislatures take action to improve health care price transparency

    May 11, 2016

    Across the country, more states are taking steps to mandate price transparency among health care providers. American Health Line examines some of the latest health care price transparency laws and ways providers are preparing to comply.

  • Does Medicaid expansion improve financial well-being? Study suggests it does.

    May 3, 2016

    American Health Line delves deeper into a new study that finds the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion helped reduce individuals' collected debt and improved their financial well-being. But while some experts say the findings support a growing body of research, others say the study did not ask the right questions.

  • Q&A: Why Medicare's new primary care payment model is a big deal.

    April 26, 2016

    American Health Line's Sam Bernstein sat down with Rivka Friedman, a practice manager at The Advisory Board Company, to discuss Comprehensive Primary Care Plus -- CMS' new alternative payment model.

  • How the House, Senate diverge on patient safety in Cures bills

    April 19, 2016

    Nine months have elapsed since the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill aimed at boosting medical innovation. American Health Line looks at the latest Senate action on a companion proposal and the prospects for a final bill.
  • Rx drug prices are climbing. Could health care 'mortgages' help patients pay?

    April 12, 2016

    What is the best way to address rising drug costs? Some industry experts have called for more transparency or new payment models, while others propose creating mortgage-like loans to help patients bear the cost. American Health Line takes a closer look.

  • What a 'backdoor' to encrypted devices would mean for health data security

    April 5, 2016

    American Health Line takes an exclusive look at the surprising outcome of the legal battle between FBI and Apple and the implications for the security of individuals' health data on their smartphones.

  • Health care industry stakeholders sound the alarm on FCC's wireless auction

    March 29, 2016

    As the FCC today plans to auction of large swaths of little-used wireless spectrum, American Health Line explores concerns from the American Hospital Association and other health care stakeholders about the effect opening the spectrum will have on wireless channels dedicated to health monitoring devices.

  • Achieving transparency in health care prices -- experts say the goal is within reach

    March 22, 2016

    Despite recent efforts to improve health care price transparency, research suggests patients continue to face obstacles in determining the cost of care. American Health Line explores the new research and talks with experts about ways the industry can refocus those efforts.

  • Only half of US residents use preventive care. How can that change?

    March 15, 2016

    American Health Line dives into a new report that reveals disparities in access to care among different demographics throughout the United States and talks to the experts about what can be done.

  • Are employer wellness programs effective? Depends who you ask.

    March 8, 2016

    As companies increasingly turn to wellness programs to keep employee health care costs down, some experts say there is little evidence proving the effectiveness of such programs. American Health Line explores the wellness program debate.

  • The Obama administration likely won't see Medicaid expansion in all 50 states. Will the next administration?

    March 1, 2016

    Experts tell American Health Line there's "a zero percent chance" that Congress will enact President Obama's latest proposal to ease Medicaid expansion in holdout states and the best hope for Medicaid expansion might be a new president. Here's why.

  • Why Silicon Valley Innovators Struggle in Health Care

    February 23, 2016

    Some health care startups have pushed regulatory bounds, raising questions about whether technology innovators can flourish in the highly regulated health care industry. American Health Line takes a closer look at some startups' recent regulatory missteps.

  • Where New Hampshire Primary Winners Trump, Sanders Align on Health Care

    February 16, 2016

    American Health Line
    examines the health care positions of New Hampshire primary winners Donald Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I).

  • What Could the Iowa Caucus Results Mean for Health Care?

    February 2, 2016

    American Health Line compares health care proposals from the top three candidates currently running for president, according to the results of yesterday's Iowa caucus.

  • Medicaid Expansion Map

    The U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to opt out of the law's Medicaid expansion, leaving each state's decision to participate in the hands of the nation's governors and state leaders.
  • Top Health Care Movers and Shakers of 2015

    December 22, 2015

    From the affirmation of another major provision of the Affordable Care Act to the potential consolidation of the health insurance market, it's been a big year for health care. Here are the top players who shook up the industry in 2015.

  • Did You Hear? The Top 15 Health Policy Quotations of 2015

    December 17, 2015

    What did people have to say about health care policy in 2015? As the year comes to a close, American Health Line looked back and rounded up the standout quotations of 2015. Which comments made our list? Read below to find out.

  • Top Five Must-Read American Health Line Analysis & Insight of 2015

    December 16, 2015

    American Health Line rounds up analysis of some of the biggest health care issues the U.S. faced this year.

  • American Health Line's Top 10 Stories of 2015

    December 15, 2015

    From Supreme Court cases challenging the Affordable Care Act to the ongoing saga of Medicare's two-midnight rule, American Health Line's coverage in 2015 focused on issues that would most affect U.S. residents and providers. What were the most popular stories among our readers? Look below for American Health Line's top 10 stories of 2015, based on clicks.

  • Rising Rx Drug Prices: What's on the Table Now

    December 9, 2015

    American Health Line outlines current proposals to address prescription drug access issues from presidential hopefuls and state and federal lawmakers

  • A Look Back: Policymakers' Prescriptions for Drug Access

    December 8, 2015

    American Health Line takes a look at major federal efforts to target prescription drug accessibility.

  • Is There an End in Sight to Rising Prescription Drug Prices?

    November 13, 2015

    American Health Line talks with Truveris CEO Bryan Birch to find out whether high prescription drug prices are here to stay and strategies consumers can employ to deal with pricey medications.
  • Inside Prescription Drug Pricing

    November 12, 2015

    How do drugmakers come up with their prices? Is research and development really that expensive? American Health Line talked with Truveris CEO Bryan Birch to get some insight.
  • ICD-10: An Illustrated Classification of Diseases

    November 5, 2015

    Here's a short look at the long road to ICD-10, how the U.S. adapted the World Health Organization's standards, what we see on the horizon with ICD-11 -- and illustrations of some of the American Health Line team's favorite new codes.

  • What You Need To Know About the Five Areas HHS Is Targeting This Open Enrollment Season

    November 3, 2015

    During the third open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, HHS hopes to have 10 million people sign up for health insurance through the exchanges and Medicaid.

  • Substance Use Disorders: Just Talking Points, or an Opportunity for Real Reform?

    With substance use disorders becoming an increasingly pressing issue, potential presidential candidates have begun to weigh in on the matter. Where do the candidates stand?

  • The 21st Century Cures Act Is Incredibly Popular. So Why Might it Die in Congress?

    August 13, 2015

    Will the 21st Century Cures Act, which is intended to boost biomedical research and access to treatment, continue to receive widespread support from lawmakers, or could criticism of it result in its downfall?

  • Experts: All 50 States Expected To Expand Medicaid Eventually

    July 26, 2015

    Medicaid expansion continues to be one of the most contentious and followed issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act. While many states have chosen to expand their programs, a number of Republican-led states continue to oppose expansion for various reasons ranging from ideology to cost. Will those states come around?

  • King v. Burwell: Everything You Need To Know

    June 24, 2015

    The Supreme Court is poised to rule in King v. Burwell, which challenges the Affordable Care Act's subsidies to help U.S. residents purchase coverage through the federal exchange. American Health Line rounds up all you need to know about the case ahead of the ruling, from the facts of the case to potential solutions if the subsidies are invalidated.
  • What Lawmakers Are Doing About Health Care Cybersecurity

    June 4, 2015

    Security and privacy experts seemed prescient in predicting that health care data breaches would significantly increase this year. So what are lawmakers doing about it?

  • Medicare 'Doc Fix' Affects Non-Doctor Providers, Too

    May 27, 2015

    The replacement for Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula affects not just physicians, but also nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists and other types of providers.

  • Uncovering Who's Not Covered After the ACA's Second Open Enrollment Period

    May 5, 2015

    Millions of U.S. residents have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act. And yet millions still remain uninsured, according to HHS data. Who are those millions? And what do we know about why they are still uninsured? American Health Line looked at the data and spoke with experts to find out.
  • Q&A: What Has the U.S. Learned From the Ebola Outbreak?

    March 19, 2015

    The Obama administration has stated that the Ebola outbreak is starting to wind down, although much work remains. In this edition of Expert Explanations, American Health Line sits down with Johns Hopkins University's William John Moss to assess the U.S.' initial response to the outbreak and what we can learn going forward.

  • Questions vs. Quiet: Reading the Swing Votes in King v. Burwell

    March 4, 2015

    Whether more than eight million individuals in the 34 states that use the federal exchange have insurance in 2016 could hinge on the justices' final ruling, which will come by the end of June.

  • 'Four Potentially Ambiguous Words' - A Look at the Arguments in King v. Burwell

    March 2, 2015

    Experts agree that while King v. Burwell is an extremely important case -- the fate of subsidies millions of U.S. residents have used to purchase coverage through the federal exchange hinges on the outcome -- it isn't a particularly novel legal matter. Where they disagree is on the strength of the parties' arguments.

  • ACA Round Two: A Look at the Numbers

    February 25, 2015

    Ultimately, the Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period will be evaluated by several metrics, including lowering the uninsured rate, decreasing the cost of care and providing a smooth sign-up process. By the most basic measure -- total sign-ups -- the second open enrollment period was a success, at least by the Obama administration's standards.
  • CHIP Funding Likely, But Timing Issues, Other Pitfalls Loom

    February 9, 2015

    Funding for CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, expires Sept. 30, 2015. With new coverage options available via the Affordable Care Act, and the typically contentious politics of today, some stakeholders are wondering whether CHIP funding will be reauthorized.

  • Measuring Quality: Promising, Needs More Progress

    December 16, 2014

    The U.S. spends about $2.8 trillion annually on health care, but as a country we aren't particularly sure how well that money is being spent. What we do know is that the U.S. spends far more than any other country but generally does not have better outcomes. So how do we measure quality? And how can we do it better?

  • Tracking the ACA's Second-Round Progress

    December 9, 2014

    American Health Line wanted to check in on how the exchanges are doing. To keep track of what is happening among the federal and state exchanges, this following list of need-to-know information includes last year's statistics, changes made to the exchanges and their progress during the second round.
  • The Fate of Medicaid Coverage for 2M People Could Hinge on the Outcomes of the Midterm Election

    October 29, 2014

    Political races in several states could determine whether those states end up expanding Medicaid. Here's a look at those races and what's at stake.

  • More to the Story: A Look at ACOs Under the ACA

    October 13, 2014

    Recent headlines about the Pioneer ACO program have been less than positive. However, there is more to the story. To understand ACOs under the ACA, American Health Line dug deeper.
  • A Look Back: The Demise of HillaryCare

    September 30, 2014

    Twenty years ago this month, HillaryCare -- the health reform proposal led by then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton -- was declared dead. Here's a look back at Clinton's attempts to pass reform and the plan's ultimate demise.

  • Is the Administrative Fix Increasing Premiums?

    August 26, 2014

    The Obama administration responded to the controversy over millions of U.S. residents receiving cancellation notices for 2014 policies with an administrative fix -- optional for states to accept -- that first allowed individuals to keep their coverage through plan year 2015 and has since been extended into 2016 and 2017. Now the fix might be causing a whole new controversy: some insurers say it's causing them to increase 2015 premium rates for plans sold through the ACA's exchanges.
  • Context is Key: Understanding Exchange Premium Rates

    August 14, 2014

    Premiums for health plans sold through the health insurance exchanges are set to increase by 7.5% on average next year across the 27 states -- plus Washington, D.C. -- that have publicly released proposed rates, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute. 

  • Exchange Demographics: What We Do, and Don't, Know About Enrollees

    May 9, 2014

    The Obama administration last week revealed new data on the demographics of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges. The numbers were met with great fanfare because they showed several new things that we didn't know previously. However, there still are several things that we don't yet know about the enrollees.
  • How Delays Have Altered the ACA Timeline

    April 8, 2014

    A breakdown the biggest timeline changes to the ACA, outlining when certain components were supposed to start (or end) and how the dates have been revised.
  • Behind the Numbers: Enrollment in the ACA's Insurance Exchanges

    March 20, 2014

    There's a lot riding on the outcome of the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, but does the final enrollment number on March 31 matter?
  • What Can We Learn From the Massachusetts Report on Wasteful Spending?

    January 15, 2014

    Does Massachusetts' recent report on wasteful health spending tell us anything new about efforts to control spending? Will it change how Massachusetts and other states approach cost-containment efforts?
  • Why 'HillaryCare' Failed and 'ObamaCare' Succeeded

    March 30, 2012

    Since March 30, 1992, when American Health Line first launched, there have been two major efforts to reform the country's health care system. This feature compares and contrasts health reform undertakings by former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama.
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