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FDA approves new 'smokeless' cigarette. But how safe is it?

May 2, 2019


FDA on Tuesday announced it will allow Philip Morris International to sell a hand-held device designed to heat tobacco without burning it, but the agency has not determined whether to allow the company to market the product as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.

'A huge red flag'? Medicaid, CHIP enrollment dropped 3% in 2018.

May 1, 2019


The latest CMS data show 2.2 million fewer people were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program from January 2018 to January 2019—a decline CMS says could stem from the improving economy, but other health experts say could stem from stricter eligibility redetermination processes.

House panel releases FY 2020 HHS spending bill with $50M for gun violence research

April 30, 2019


The House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft HHS spending bill for fiscal year 2020 that calls for a total of $99 billion in funding for HHS, including $50 million in funding for research on gun violence—which, if enacted, would mark the first time an HHS appropriations bill would fund gun violence research since 1996.

Washington lawmakers approve bill to create public option health plan

April 30, 2019


Washington's Legislature on Saturday approved a bill to create a state-funded public health insurance option, which state residents would be able to select on Washington's health insurance exchange.

The lucrative (and potentially dangerous) world of human egg donation

April 29, 2019


In the United States, egg donations offer young women a chance to make lucrative sums of money—but some experts say clinics tend to downplay the risks and complexity of the procedure.

The 3 models CMS wants states to use to improve care, lower costs for dually eligible beneficiaries

April 29, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma last week invited states to participate in demonstration models designed to integrate care for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

HHS just delayed its new liver donor allocation policy. Here's why.

April 26, 2019


Fourteen transplant centers and four transplant patients this week filed a lawsuit against HHS and the United Network for Organ Sharing over a new allocation policy for donated livers—leading HHS to delay the policy's implementation.

Federal judge blocks HHS rule barring abortion providers from Title X

April 26, 2019


A federal judge in Washington on Thursday issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks an HHS final rule that bars abortion providers and clinics that refer patients for abortion care from receiving Title X family planning grants.

It's official: US has highest number of measles cases since the disease was eradicated

April 25, 2019


CDC in a statement Wednesday said the total number of U.S. measles cases in 2019 has exceeded the record for the highest number of measles cases in a single year since the United States eliminated the disease in 2000.

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