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What Trump's impeachment by the House could mean for health care

December 19, 2019


The House on Wednesday voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—a development that could delay any Senate action on key health care priorities, such as measures to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and lower prescription drug prices.

Fewer teens are drinking, smoking, or using hard drugs. (But there's bad news, too.)

December 19, 2019


Fewer teenagers in 2019 reported drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and trying hard drugs, according to recent federal survey data—but the research also revealed some troubling trends.

How one simple letter from the IRS might have saved 700 lives

December 19, 2019


Notices that informed uninsured adults that they had paid the Affordable Care Act's penalty for being uninsured and offered them tips on how to enroll in health coverage might have reduced premature deaths, according to a working paper from three economists at the Department of the Treasury.

Physician says Biden is 'healthy, vigorous,' and 'fit' to serve as president

December 19, 2019


Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, is "healthy, vigorous," and "fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency," according to a physician's report that Biden's campaign released Tuesday.

The 120 best hospitals, according to Leapfrog

December 18, 2019


The Leapfrog Group on Tuesday released its 2019 Top Hospitals list, recognizing 120 hospitals for excellence in hospital quality, patient safety, and efficiency.

Vaping may increase risk of chronic lung disease by 30%

December 18, 2019


Amid rising concerns of a vaping-linked lung illness and e-cigarette use among youth, a new study finds vaping increases the risk of developing chronic lung conditions by nearly one third.

House approves FY 2020 spending deal with health policy changes

December 18, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted to approve two major spending packages that would allocate a total of nearly $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020.

Kentucky officially withdraws its Medicaid work requirements waiver

December 18, 2019


Kentucky's new governor, Andy Beshear (D), on Monday rescinded the state's waiver to impose work requirements and premiums on many of the state's Medicaid beneficiaries and signed an executive order to protect the state's Medicaid expansion.

Hospitals wanted to block 2020 site-neutral payment cuts. A judge just said no.

December 18, 2019


A federal judge on Monday rejected a request from the American Hospital Association and others to block site-neutral payment cuts to off-campus hospital facilities, which are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

At Cleveland Clinic, laundry is a 18-million-pound problem. Here's its solution.

December 18, 2019


Cleveland Clinic through a partnership with Evergreen Cooperative Laundry—a nonprofit, worker-owned cooperative—was able to increase the cleanliness of its linens and boost job opportunities in surrounding communities.

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