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Trump admin faces lawsuit over policy to deny visas to immigrants without health insurance

November 1, 2019


Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization this week filed a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration's recent decision to deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

In the states: Google is buying Fitbit, Florida health system faces $2.15M penalty for HIPAA violations, and more

November 1, 2019


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

Senate fails to pass resolution to roll back Trump admin's ACA changes

October 31, 2019


The Senate on Wednesday voted 43-52 to reject a resolution that would have rolled back the Trump administration's expansion of certain Affordable Care Act waivers.

More than 1,500 hospitals will receive VBP bonuses in FY 2020

October 31, 2019


CMS on Tuesday announced that over 1,500 hospitals will receive bonuses in fiscal year 2020 under Medicare's Value-based Purchasing program.

House passes bills to increase transparency around PBM rebates

October 31, 2019


The House on Monday voted unanimously to approve two bills that would increase transparency of the discounts drugmakers offer pharmacy benefit managers.

CMS launches window shopping ahead of 2020 open enrollment period

October 30, 2019


CMS last week opened window shopping for the Affordable Care Act's upcoming open enrollment period and detailed several changes the agency has made to HealthCare.gov.

Rep. Greg Walden is retiring. Here's what he's done on health care.

October 30, 2019


Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), who since 2017 has served as the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, on Monday announced that he will retire at the end of the current Congress and will not seek re-election.

Weight-loss surgery could be right for some kids, pediatrician group says

October 30, 2019


Children and adolescents with severe obesity should be considered candidates for bariatric and metabolic surgery, which has been found to lead to long-term weight loss and better overall health for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement issued Sunday.

New York's solution for 'surprise' medical bills is increasing health care costs, analysis finds

October 30, 2019


New York's arbitration process for addressing so-called "surprise" medical bills has resulted in higher payments to health care providers, and higher health care costs for state residents, according to an analysis released Thursday by the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy.

Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill might be unconstitutional, congressional researchers say

October 29, 2019


Provisions in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill that aim to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States might violate the U.S. Constitution, according to a memo issued last week by Congressional Research Service that was obtained by news outlets.

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