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Judge blocks policy denying visas to immigrants without health coverage

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

The Medicare Plan Finder tool got a big update. (It's not going well.)

November 27, 2019


CMS earlier this year updated the Medicare Plan Finder tool for the first time in a decade, but users are reporting various technical glitches with the revamped tool, which they say are causing inaccurate cost estimates.

CMS will soon accept applications for a new value-based primary care model

November 27, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that health care providers next month will be able to start applying for the direct contracting pathways under the agency's new Primary Care First alternative payment model.

Anthem Blue Cross plans sue HHS for $100M in risk corridors payments

November 27, 2019


Anthem Blue Cross health plans last week filed a lawsuit against HHS seeking $100 million they claim they should have been paid under the Affordable Care Act's risk corridors program.

In the states: Louisiana cuts 46K beneficiaries from Medicaid, a third judge strikes down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule, and more

November 27, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

BYU-Idaho will no longer accept students with Medicaid coverage—and Medicaid expansion could be why

November 26, 2019


Brigham Young University-Idaho this month suddenly announced that it will no longer accept Medicaid as an adequate health insurance option for students, meaning students who are covered exclusively by Medicaid either must purchase additional coverage or leave the school.

FDA is approving more generic drugs than ever. So why can't consumers buy them?

November 26, 2019


FDA in recent years has approved a record number of generic drugs to treat cancer, heart conditions, and other diseases, but many patients do not have access to the lower-cost treatments and are forced to rely on higher-cost, brand-name drugs.

Bloomberg has entered the Democratic presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

November 25, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) on Sunday announced that he has entered the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and a video launching his campaign touched on his views regarding health care reform.

Why it's so hard to find in-network mental health care

November 22, 2019


In the United States, commercially insured patients are struggling to find in-network mental health providers, forcing many to seek out-of-network care at rates above those for other conditions—despite the federal mental health parity law, according to a report published by Milliman on Wednesday.

In the states: California, New York sue Juul for allegedly targeting teens; South Dakota launches 'Meth. We're On It' campaign; and more

November 22, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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