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Weekly Line: Medicare-for-All, universal coverage, and public options? Here's where the Democratic presidential candidates stand.

February 22, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) this week joined the pack of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, and unsurprisingly, he touted his "Medicare-for-All" proposal as a focus of his campaign. 

US will spend $6T on health care by 2027, CMS says. Here's what will drive that growth.

February 21, 2019


CMS' Office of Actuaries predicts average national spending growth in the United States will increase by 5.5% annually from 2018 to 2027, outpacing growth in the country's gross domestic product and reaching a total of nearly $6 trillion by 2027.

Sanders is running for president. Here's where he stands on health care.

February 19, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, and said his campaign will focus on promoting his "Medicare-for-All" proposal, lowering U.S. drug prices, legalizing marijuana, and more.

CAR T-cell therapies save lives—but at an eye-popping cost. Here's how Medicare wants to cover them.

February 19, 2019


CMS on Friday proposed a national policy under which Medicare would cover CAR T-cell immunotherapies that treat cancer, but experts are concerned the proposal could limit beneficiaries' access to the treatments.

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.

'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.

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.

HHS wants to bolster patients' access to their electronic health data. Here's how.

February 12, 2019


HHS on Monday proposed two new rules that aim to give patients greater access to their electronic health information—and call out health care providers who impede health data sharing.

Democrats introduce bill to let Medicare negotiate drug prices

February 11, 2019


Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) on Thursday introduced a bicameral bill intended to lower prescription drug costs by allowing HHS to negotiate the prices of drugs covered by Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans.

These 6 senators are asking hard questions about 'surprise' medical bills

February 7, 2019


A bipartisan group of senators this week sent letters to health care providers and insurers to learn more about their out-of-network billing and payment practices—a step toward potential legislation to rein in so-called "surprise" medical bills.

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