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Senate, House lawmakers announce a deal to fix 'surprise' medical bills

December 9, 2019


Three federal lawmakers on Sunday announced that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have reached a bipartisan agreement in principle on legislation to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that could be attached to a year-end spending bill.

'Silver loading' lowered premiums for some rural exchange plan enrollees, study finds

December 9, 2019


A recent Health Affairs study found that some exchange plan enrollees in rural areas paid slightly lower premiums than their urban counterparts in 2018 and 2019 because of a practice among health insurers known as "silver loading."

US health spending growth accelerated last year. Here's why.

December 6, 2019


U.S. health spending growth increased at a faster rate in 2018 when compared with 2017, in part because the net cost of health insurance rose more quickly due to the return of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, according to a CMS report released Thursday.

Virginia governor hits pause on state's Medicaid work requirement plans

December 6, 2019


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Wednesday announced the state is dropping efforts to approve work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries after Democrats last month won control of the state legislature, making it the latest state to "pause" work requirements amid challenges to the program.

How much would a 'public option' disrupt health care? More than you might think.

December 6, 2019


In the Democratic presidential debates, public option health plans are being positioned as more "moderate" and less "disruptive" alternatives to single-payer proposals, such as Medicare for All—but what is lost in that framing is just how much public option plans would disrupt the current system, Margot Sanger-Katz writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

The White House wants hospitals to disclose their 'secret' prices. Now, hospitals are suing.

December 5, 2019


The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration that seeks to block a final rule that that requires hospitals to publicly post their insurer-negotiated rates.

How Pete Buttigieg wants to tackle health care disparities

December 5, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Tuesday released a plan intended to combat inequality in the U.S. health care system.

Federal exchange signups reach 2.9M, CMS data shows

December 5, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced that about 2.9 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which is down by about 10% when compared with the first five weeks of last year's open enrollment period.

How Vermont wants to import Rx drugs from Canada

December 4, 2019


Vermont last week became the second state to submit to HHS a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada, as President Trump in recent weeks has reiterated his intention to allow states to do so.

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