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Weekly Line: Inside the debate over Medicaid work requirements

May 26, 2017


Health policy wonks had plenty of reading material this week between the White House's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal and the Congressional Budget Office's score of the House-approved American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Non-publication notice

May 26, 2017


American Health Line will not publish on Monday, May 29. We will resume publication on Tuesday, May 30.

HHS: Health plan premiums have jumped since 2013, but experts say coverage is more comprehensive

May 26, 2017


While White House officials and Republican lawmakers say the report shows how harmful the Affordable Care Act has been, some health policy experts say the report does not provide a clear picture of the health insurance market.

Senate GOP lawmakers begin drafting ACA repeal bill

May 26, 2017


Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) says he is working on the Senate's Affordable Care Act repeal bill with Senate GOP leaders and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Some fitness trackers can accurately measure heart rate, but not burned calories, study finds

May 26, 2017


Tim Church, a preventative medicine professor at Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center who was not involved in the study, says the findings suggest that fitness trackers are more "fiction than fact."

Gottlieb launches new FDA committee to address opioid misuse

May 26, 2017


FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says in the coming days he will work closely with senior FDA officials to discuss how the agency could ensure it is "using [its] full authorities to work toward reducing the scope of [the opioid misuse] epidemic."

Federal appeals court ruling continues blocking travel ban

May 26, 2017


The travel ban would affect thousands of travelers coming to the United States to see family, attend school, and work in high-demand fields—including health care.

House committee advances three bills with AHCA ties

May 26, 2017


The bills, which are related to veterans' and COBRA members' access to premium tax credits, were written to work alongside the American Health Care Act.

Study highlights how patients affect a hospital's microbiome

May 26, 2017


Jack Gilbert, a microbial ecologist who led the study, says the findings show that patients who are diagnosed with hospital-acquired infections most likely "already had those bacteria when they were admitted."

In the states: A right-to-die bill in Nev., an effort to increase access to mental health care in Va., and more

May 26, 2017


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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