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Walmart will raise its minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21

May 9, 2019

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, on Wednesday announced it is increasing the minimum age at which individuals can buy tobacco products to 21 at all its U.S. retail stores and is discontinuing sales of dessert- and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes.

HHS just finalized a rule to require drug list prices in TV ads

May 8, 2019

HHS on Wednesday released a final rule that will require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements.

The chemicals in your sunscreen are seeping into your blood. Is that unsafe?

May 8, 2019

FDA in a study published this week found that a number of the active ingredients found in popular sunscreens are absorbed into the bloodstream at levels higher than the agency recommends, prompting FDA to request further research on the safety of sunscreens.

Association health plans can continue operating despite court ruling, Trump admin says

May 8, 2019

The Trump administration last week told existing association health plans that they can continue operating, even though a federal court recently struck down parts of a federal rule that expanded the plans.

CMS finalizes rule to stop states from diverting Medicaid payments to third parties

May 7, 2019

CMS on Thursday finalized a rule that intends to stop states from diverting Medicaid payments to third parties, with certain exceptions.

FDA won't ban breast implants linked with rare cancer—but it might require stricter warnings

May 7, 2019

FDA on Thursday said it will not at this time ban the use of breast implants linked with hundreds of cases of a rare cancer, though the agency said it is considering requiring stricter warnings for breast implants.

Do nurses with substance use disorders need to lose their licenses? New Hampshire is trying a different approach.

May 7, 2019

A law in New Hampshire aims to help nurses with substance use disorders recover and keep their licenses by encouraging them to self-report their conditions.

Will eliminating Rx rebates lower costs? Probably not, CBO says.

May 6, 2019

The United States' total prescription drug costs are not expected to decrease if CMS finalizes a rule designed to prohibit drugmakers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Thursday.

Tennessee could become first state to ask CMS for Medicaid block grants

May 6, 2019

Tennessee's Legislature on Thursday approved a bill that directs state officials to ask the federal government to distribute the state's federal Medicaid funding in the form of a block grant, and in exchange give the state additional flexibility over how it administers its Medicaid program.

HHS finalizes 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 3, 2019

HHS on Thursday released a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to certain medical care, including abortion care and assisted death.

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