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How would single-payer impact health care costs and quality? It's not clear, CBO says.

May 24, 2019

Congressional Budget Office officials this week told House Budget Committee members that there currently are too many unknowns surrounding a single-payer health care system to determine how such a system would affect insurance rates and government spending, but any transition to single-payer would be "complicated."

Nearly half of rural US residents can't afford a $1,000 medical bill, survey finds

May 24, 2019

The draft bill from Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, includes a new proposal to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would require hospitals in a health plan's network to ensure all of their providers also are in the plan's network.

The best (and worst) states for health care, according to US News

May 23, 2019

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked health care in all 50 states, based on care quality, access, and public health metrics, and you can see how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive map.

States, localities sue HHS over 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 22, 2019

A group of nearly two dozen states and localities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and physician-assisted death.

The $753M question: What's Amazon got planned for PillPack?

May 21, 2019

Amazon in June 2018 announced that it was purchasing PillPack, a mail-order pharmaceutical supplier, but many questions remain about how Amazon will utilize PillPack going forward.

Doctors couldn't save this woman's life. Then, her 19-year-old daughter had an idea.

May 21, 2019

When 19-year-old Aliana Deveza learned that her dying mother's chances of finding a kidney donor were slim, she came up with a risky idea that saved both her mother's and another patient's life—and could change the way transplant centers conduct donations in the future.

CMS postpones CAR T-cell therapy coverage decision

May 20, 2019

CMS on Friday announced it is postponing a final policy decision that will outline how Medicare will cover CAR T-cell immunotherapies nationwide.

Inside CMS' rule to bolster drug price transparency in Medicare Part D, MA plans

May 17, 2019

CMS on Thursday released a final rule aimed at reducing out-of-pocket drug costs for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans by increasing price transparency.

'Weighing my daughter's life': Why one family rushed their 2-year-old to the ED—but never set foot inside.

May 17, 2019

Lindsay Clark took her 2-year-old daughter to an emergency department (ED) after the toddler accidentally swallowed an anti-nausea medication, but rather than going inside, Clark chose to wait in the parking lot to see whether the child's health would worsen—which is a surprisingly common, if risky, strategy that some families use to avoid high and unpredictable ED bills.

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