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Bennet, a 'Medicare for All' critic, enters 2020 presidential race

May 3, 2019


Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who last month introduced a so-called "Medicare X" proposal that would implement a public option health plan in the United States, on Thursday became the latest candidate to announce he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

FDA to require black-box warning on Ambien, Sonata, and other sleep aids

May 3, 2019


FDA will require certain prescription sleep aids, including Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta, to carry black-box warnings that display the drugs' risks, following reports that some patients who have taken the medications have experienced side effects that led to injury or death.

Facebook, for the first time, will allow anonymous posting in health support groups

May 2, 2019


Following privacy criticisms, Facebook on Tuesday announced that it will create a new community of health support groups that will allow users to post questions anonymously.

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.

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