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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.

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.

CMS delays new primary care, kidney care value-based payment models

October 28, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it is delaying the start of several new voluntary value-based payment models, but it continued to encourage Medicare providers to apply to participate in the payment models.

Final committee OK's Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill

October 24, 2019


The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday voted 24-17 to approve House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States, sending the measure to the full House for a potential floor vote.

Judge denies CMS' request to stay ruling striking down site-neutral payments

October 23, 2019


A federal judge on Monday denied CMS' request to modify and stay a prior ruling that struck down cuts to Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

Why some Native American tribes are breaking with Indian Health Service

October 22, 2019


A growing number of Native American tribes are taking control of troubled government-run hospitals in an effort to improve care for their communities, but some are finding the turnaround is both slow and costly.

What 8 different Democratic health plans would actually cost

October 17, 2019


Federal spending would increase by up to $34 trillion over a decade if the United States implemented Democrat-backed proposals to expand the Affordable Care Act's subsidies, create a public health insurance option, or establish a single-payer health care system, according to a new report.

Democratic candidates again debated 'Medicare for All,' but is that what voters want to hear?

October 16, 2019


Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president during Tuesday's primary debate touched on several health care topics, including abortion, the U.S. opioid epidemic, and so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals—but a recent poll suggests the candidates did not discuss the health care issues voters most wanted to hear about.

CMS: More MA beneficiaries will enroll in top-rated plans in 2020

October 16, 2019


More than three-quarters of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with prescription drug coverage are expected to enroll in plans with four- or five-star ratings for the 2020 coverage year, according to CMS quality star ratings data released Friday.

CBO: Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill would save Medicare $345B, but result in fewer new drugs

October 15, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill aiming to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States would save Medicare $345 billion from 2023 to 2029, but drugmakers would bring fewer new drugs to the market, according to a preliminary analysis by the Congressional Budget Office released Friday.

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