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Weekly Line: Confused by the HRA rule? Here's how it could affect you.

June 21, 2019


The Trump administration last week finalized a pretty wonky rule that overhauls federal regulations regarding employer-funded health reimbursement accounts (HRAs). 

Medicaid work requirements don't boost employment, new study suggests

June 21, 2019


After Arkansas implemented Medicaid work requirements, thousands of adults lost their health insurance and unemployment among Medicaid-eligible adults rose, according to a study published Wednesday.

CMS announces an estimated $180M settlement of long-delayed Medicare claims

June 21, 2019


After two years of negotiations, CMS on Monday announced new voluntary options for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities to settle disputes over denied Medicare Part A claims.

The best (and worst) states for children's health, mapped

June 20, 2019


The Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday released a report that ranks the wellbeing of children in every state. See how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive maps.

Alexander, Murray just released updated legislation to address 'surprise' medical bills. Here's what made the cut.

June 20, 2019


Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday formally introduced a wide-ranging bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would establish a benchmark provider payment rate for out-of-network services, instead of the arbitration process favored by hospital industry groups.

How CMS wants to change Medicare Part D prior authorization requirements

June 20, 2019


CMS on Monday proposed a rule intended to streamline Medicare Part D's electronic prior authorization process by circumventing certain HIPAA requirements.

Lawmakers still split on how to address 'surprise' medical bills

June 19, 2019


Lawmakers and stakeholders during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing Tuesday agreed steps must be taken to address so-called "surprise" medical bills, but they were divided over the best way to do so.

Health care ministries are booming, but state regulators warn it's not insurance

June 19, 2019


More U.S. residents are turning to faith-based health care sharing ministries that provide cost-sharing arrangements to help cover members' medical bills, but some states have taken action amid complaints that members' medical bills are not being paid.

Are AMCs worth the price? 3 experts weigh in.

June 19, 2019


Despite some experts' calls to divert patients away from costly academic medical centers (AMCs), research demonstrates that AMCs might produce better patients outcomes—and might not cost as much as some policymakers fear, a trio of prominent health care experts argue.

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