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Congress passes spending bill that repeals ACA taxes, raises tobacco-buying age to 21

December 20, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted to send President Trump two major spending packages to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2020 that include several health care provisions, such as eliminating three Affordable Care Act taxes and raising the federal minimum tobacco-purchasing age to 21.

Democratic presidential candidates wrap up 2019 debates with clash over Medicare for All

December 20, 2019


Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president during Thursday's primary debate again clashed over so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals—closing out the final debate of this year with a topic that has dominated the Democratic presidential primary debates so far.

How Bloomberg, Yang want to reform the US health care system

December 20, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who are among the candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, this week released their respective health reform plans.

Why millions of Americans' sleep apnea goes undiagnosed—and untreated

December 20, 2019


Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, but for many, proper diagnosis and treatment are out of reach, Austin Fraktwho holds positions at Veterans Affairs, Boston University's School of Public Health, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Healthand Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, write for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

How HHS wants to overhaul organ donations—and promote more living donors

December 19, 2019


HHS on Tuesday released two proposed rules intended to hold underperforming organ procurement organizations accountable for performance and promote more organ donations from living donors.

How one simple letter from the IRS might have saved 700 lives

December 19, 2019


Notices that informed uninsured adults that they had paid the Affordable Care Act's penalty for being uninsured and offered them tips on how to enroll in health coverage might have reduced premature deaths, according to a working paper from three economists at the Department of the Treasury.

House approves FY 2020 spending deal with health policy changes

December 18, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted to approve two major spending packages that would allocate a total of nearly $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020.

Congress just unveiled an FY 2020 funding deal to avoid a government shutdown

December 17, 2019


Congressional negotiators on Monday released a nearly $1.4 trillion spending agreement that would fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020 and includes several health care provisions—such as measures to permanently repeal three Affordable Care Act taxes, delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, raise the minimum tobacco purchasing age, and more.

CMS might have overpaid MA plans by $6.7B in 2017, HHS' OIG says

December 17, 2019


CMS might have improperly paid Medicare Advantage plans an estimated $6.7 billion in 2017 after the plans added diagnoses to beneficiaries' files that in some instances were not supported by medical records, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released last week.

Moody's says nonprofit hospital market should improve in 2020

December 17, 2019


Moody's Investors Service in a recent report said nonprofit hospitals and health systems should see an increase in revenue in 2020, upgrading the sector to a stable outlook.

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