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CMS says nearly 1.7M have signed up for federal exchange plans

November 21, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced about 1.67 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, down 13% when compared with the first three weeks of last year's open enrollment period.

Colorado has a final state public option plan (but hospitals aren't on board)

November 21, 2019


Colorado officials on Friday released their final proposal for a state public health insurance option, but the Colorado Hospital Association is raising concerns.

How much does your 'free' flu shot actually cost?

November 20, 2019


While patients with health insurance receive the influenza shot at no cost to them, the common health care service serves as an example of how opaqueness in health care pricing can cost patients in the long run, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

Hospital groups threaten to sue Trump admin over price transparency rule

November 19, 2019


Hospitals and health insurers are criticizing the Trump administration's new rules that aim to increase price transparency in the U.S. health system—and four major hospital groups have threatened to file a lawsuit challenging the regulations.

How Sanders, Warren would shift US to 'Medicare for All'

November 19, 2019


Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who each are seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Friday separately announced timelines for implementing their so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals if they are elected president.

The 12 'rising stars' shaping health care, according to TIME

November 18, 2019


TIME on Wednesday released its first TIME 100 Next list, naming the 100 "rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health, and more."

Trump admin just dropped 2 major price transparency rules. Here's what's inside.

November 15, 2019


The Trump administration on Friday released rules intended to increase price transparency among health care providers and insurers.

What Americans are stressed about, charted

November 13, 2019


Americans are citing health care, mass shootings, and the presidential election as significant sources of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's "Stress in America" survey released last week.

This patient's surgery was fully covered by his insurance. So how did he wind up with a $11,000 bill?

November 13, 2019


In 2018, 63-year-old Tom Saputo was transported via air ambulance to receive a life-saving double lung transplant, but while the operation was fully covered by Saputo's health insurance, the air ambulance ride was out of his health plan's network and left Saputo with an $11,524.79 bill.

Researchers now have access to new Medicaid, CHIP data

November 12, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced that the agency for the first time is releasing certain data on Medicaid and CHIP utilization and payments as part of an effort to improve health care research.

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