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Former Massachusetts gov. joins 2020 Democratic presidential field

November 15, 2019


Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Thursday officially entered the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Here's where he stands on the biggest health care issues.

Millions in US have lost someone who couldn't afford treatment

November 14, 2019


A Gallup poll published Tuesday found that 13% of U.S. adults, or roughly 34 million Americans, know a friend or family member who died in the past five years because he or she could not afford their medical treatment or medication.

Total federal exchange signups down by 20% from last year, CMS data shows

November 14, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced 754,967 individuals signed up for federal exchange plans during the second week of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, bringing total federal exchange plan signups to 932,049 so far.

CMS wants to crack down on unauthorized Medicaid spending. Here's how.

November 14, 2019


CMS on Tuesday released a proposed rule intended to increase transparency around states' supplemental Medicaid payments and financing arrangements by establishing new reporting requirements.

Hospital acquired conditions are declining—so why are pressure injuries on the rise?

November 14, 2019


The rate of hospital-acquired pressure injuries has continued to rise while other hospital-acquired conditions have fallen, prompting some providers to question whether federal regulators are taking the right approach to reduce incidence rates.

Another appeals court upholds CMS' controversial 2017 DSH payment rule

November 14, 2019


A second federal appeals court last week reversed a lower court's ruling and upheld a 2017 rule that changed how CMS calculates Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments to ensure providers are not doubly compensated for care costs covered by third-party insurers.

What Americans are stressed about, charted

November 13, 2019


Americans are citing health care, mass shootings, and the presidential election as significant sources of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's "Stress in America" survey released last week.

This patient's surgery was fully covered by his insurance. So how did he wind up with a $11,000 bill?

November 13, 2019


In 2018, 63-year-old Tom Saputo was transported via air ambulance to receive a life-saving double lung transplant, but while the operation was fully covered by Saputo's health insurance, the air ambulance ride was out of his health plan's network and left Saputo with an $11,524.79 bill.

Medicare Parts A, B premiums to rise in 2020, CMS says

November 12, 2019


CMS on Friday announced that premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts will increase for Medicare Parts A and B for the 2020 coverage year.

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