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Booker's announced he's running for president. Here's where he stands on health care.

February 4, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Friday announced he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination—and health care is expected to play a role in his campaign.

There's 'no evidence' that HRRP increases patient deaths, former Obama official contends

February 4, 2019

Weighing in on a heated controversy over the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Peter Orszag—who was director of the Office of Management and Budget when HRRP was created—argues in NEJM Catalyst that HRRP has "either no effect or a beneficial one on mortality."

HHS just released its long-anticipated proposed rule on PBM rebates. Here's what's inside.

February 1, 2019

HHS on Thursday released a proposed rule aimed at lowering prescription drug prices by revising federal protections that currently allow drug manufacturers to pay rebates to Medicare Part D plans, Medicaid managed care plans, and pharmacy benefit managers.

CVS, Walgreens want to sink their teeth into dentistry

February 1, 2019

CVS and Walgreens are now offering teeth cleaning and straightening services at select locations as part of a push to provide a more diverse range of health services to customers.

CMS' top 3 priorities for 2019, according to Verma

January 31, 2019

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday said the agency in 2019 will focus on rural health care provider payments, encouraging more providers to enter value-based payment models, and advancing the use of technology in Medicare.

CMS wants to raise MA payments, expand benefits in 2020

January 31, 2019

CMS on Wednesday released an advance notice of proposed changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, which includes proposals to increase baseline payment rates for MA plans, lower cost-sharing requirements for some chronic pain treatments, and offer targeted benefits to improve the health of chronically ill beneficiaries.

Congress kicks off hearings on Rx drug prices, other health issues

January 30, 2019

Committees in the Senate and House on Tuesday began a series of hearings focused on health care issues, including prescription drug prices, protections for U.S. residents with pre-existing medical conditions, and health insurance options.

New Medicare app lets beneficiaries see what their health plan does (and doesn't) cover

January 30, 2019

CMS on Monday launched a new mobile application, called What's Covered, that Medicare beneficiaries can use to look up whether Medicare will cover certain services and medical devices, as well as out-of-pocket costs.

Weekly Line: Medicare-for-All's popularity is booming. (But nobody's quite sure what it is.)

January 25, 2019

A Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll released this week found that 56% of respondents support transitioning the United States to a single-payer health system, commonly referred to as "Medicare-for-All."
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