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The healthiest (and least healthy) states, mapped

December 13, 2018


Hawaii is the healthiest U.S. state, according to the United Health Foundation's latest rankings, which considers 38 measures related to clinical care, policies, health outcomes, and more.

Federal exchange plan signups are gaining speed, but still falling behind last year

December 13, 2018


CMS data show about 4.1 million U.S. residents selected federal exchange plans from Nov. 1, the first day of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, through Dec. 8, including 934,269 people who selected plans during the sixth week of open enrollment.

4.2M US residents could pay $0 for an exchange plan in 2019, analysis finds

December 13, 2018


A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis estimates that about 4.2 million uninsured U.S. residents who qualify for premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are eligible to enroll in bonze-level exchange plans that would cost them $0 out of pocket.

House Republicans propose ACA tax delays in year-end tax package

December 13, 2018


Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday introduced a year-end tax package that would delay certain taxes called for under the Affordable Care Act, but it is unclear whether the package will advance in the House and Senate.

House approves bills targeting Medicaid drug prices, maternity care, and more

December 12, 2018


The House yesterday passed several health care bills, including one that seeks to penalize drugmakers that overcharge Medicaid.

SCOTUS declines to hear case on whether patients can sue states over Medicaid funding

December 11, 2018


The Supreme Court denied requests from Kansas and Louisiana to hear cases regarding whether patients can challenge how states choose to allocate Medicaid funds—a decision that leaves in place lower court rulings barring the states from terminating Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood.

The toughest ethical dilemmas facing doctors in 2018, according to 5,250 physicians

December 10, 2018


Medscape's 2018 Ethics Report unveils doctors' opinions on money, romance with patients, and their most trying ethical dilemmas.

Meet John O'Brien, Azar's new senior adviser on drug pricing

December 10, 2018


John O'Brien, a former executive at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, will oversee the Trump administration's implementation of a proposed Medicare Part B drug pricing model intended to bring provider reimbursements in line with prices paid in other countries.

The lag in federal exchange signups, charted

December 10, 2018


CMS data show about 3.2 million U.S. residents selected federal exchange plans from Nov. 1, the first day of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, through Dec. 1.

CMS finalizes rule on 2018 risk-adjustment payments

December 10, 2018


CMS under a new rule will "adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year," which bases such payments on statewide average premiums.

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