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Texas' plan to fight 'surprise' medical bills has yielded 'quick results' (but also a 4,000-case backlog)

February 18, 2019

As so-called "surprise" medical bills continue to shock patients across the nation, the Texas Department of Insurance has developed a program to help patients appeal their bills—yielding results for consumers but also creating a booming backlog of cases.

The House can intervene in lawsuit challenging ACA's constitutionality, judge rules

February 18, 2019

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the House can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality, but declined a request to expedite the case.

The 10 healthiest (and unhealthiest) US cities, according to WalletHub

February 15, 2019

All but two of the 10 healthiest cities in the United States are on the West Coast, and three of the top cities are in California, according to an analysis by WalletHub released Monday. See how your city fared on American Health Line's interactive map.

Medicare wants to revamp ambulance payments, aiming to prevent avoidable ED visits

February 15, 2019

HHS on Thursday announced the launch of a new voluntary payment model for emergency ambulance services—called the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) model—that would allow Medicare to reimburse first responders for care delivered on-site or via telemedicine, even if patients are not taken to a hospital.

Spending in employer-sponsored plans reached an all-time high in 2017. Here's how employers are fighting back.

February 15, 2019

Spending in employer-sponsored health plans reached a record high in 2017, and the major cause was higher prices—not higher utilization, according to the Health Care Cost Institute's annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report released Tuesday.

CVS has been teasing its new, in-store 'HealthHUBs' for months. Here's what's inside.

February 15, 2019

CVS Health recently launched three of its newly remodeled concept stores, called "HealthHUBs," which include spaces for patients to meet with clinicians, labs for blood testing, and more.

In the states: Georgia seeks partial Medicaid expansion, Maine co-op asks SCOTUS to hear case on risk corridor payments, and more

February 15, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

'Medicare at 50': Inside Democrats' latest plan to dramatically expand Medicare

February 14, 2019

A group of House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow U.S. residents to buy into Medicare once they reach age 50, and would allow them to use Affordable Care Act tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies to do so.

A 'really big shift': USPSTF recommends counseling for pregnant, postpartum women at risk of depression

February 14, 2019

The United States Preventive Services Task Force for the first time is recommending that women who are pregnant or who recently gave birth receive counseling if they have risk factors for depression.

Where Democratic presidential hopefuls Delaney, Klobuchar stand on health care

February 13, 2019

Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, recently discussed the details of his proposal to implement a universal health care system in the United States, as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week announced she is joining the swath of Democrats seeking the nomination.

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