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HHS proposal would rescind Obama-era protections for transgender individuals

May 28, 2019

HHS on Friday issued a proposed rule that would roll back a regulation issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals.

The White House wants to recalculate the poverty line—which could have big effects for health care

May 23, 2019

The Trump administration has released a proposal to change how the federal poverty level is calculated, which could lead to millions of U.S. residents losing their eligibility for public health benefits, according to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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.

Bullock has entered the 2020 presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

May 14, 2019

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), who has advocated for affordable health care in the United States, on Tuesday became the latest candidate to announce he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

Hospitals are paid twice as much (or more) by private insurers than Medicare, study finds

May 13, 2019

Employer-sponsored private health plans in 2017 paid more than double the amount Medicare paid for identical health care services, according to a report from RAND released Thursday.

Judge orders HHS to remedy $1.6B in unlawful 340B cuts

May 9, 2019

A federal judge on Monday ordered HHS to come up with a remedial measure that would address hospital payment cuts under Medicare's 340B drug discount program for 2018 and 2019, which the judge previously ruled were unlawful.

'I'm struggling and livid': One physician's battle to navigate his father's care

May 9, 2019

After Hasan Shanawani's father was taken to the hospital with a spinal fracture, Shanawani—chief informatics officer for quality and safety at Veterans Affairs—embarked on a frustrating journey trying to navigate the "broken" United States health care system.

HHS just finalized a rule to require drug list prices in TV ads

May 8, 2019

HHS on Wednesday released a final rule that will require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements.

Is the federal government overpaying MA plans? Yes, a new study suggests.

May 8, 2019

CMS could be overpaying Medicare Advantage (MA) plans by billions of dollars because of how it calculates MA payment rates, according to Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Tuesday.

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