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In the states: CDC ties multi-state E. coli outbreak to ground beef, Ohio gov. signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, and more

April 19, 2019


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

DOJ charges 60 health care providers in largest-ever opioid take down

April 18, 2019


The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced federal prosecutors are charging 60 health care providers for their alleged involvement in illegally distributing millions of pain pills.

Healthy food subsidies could save more than $100B in health care costs, research shows

April 17, 2019


Providing Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with so-called "healthy food prescriptions" could lower the risk of chronic illnesses and lead to billions of dollars in savings, according to a study recently published in the journal PLOS One.

Inside this little-known alternative to 'Medicare-for-All'

April 16, 2019


Democratic presidential candidates in recent months have voiced support for so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals, but there is another more incremental health reform approach that is gaining traction among Democrats looking to move the United States toward a single-payer health care system.

How MACPAC wants to change DSH payments, Medicaid drug rebates, and more

April 16, 2019


Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Thursday voted to recommend Congress change statutory language governing Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and eliminate a cap on Medicaid drug rebates.

Idaho gov. signs law to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion—with work requirements

April 11, 2019


Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) on Tuesday signed a bill into law that directs state officials to implement a voter-approved Medicaid expansion and allows them to seek federal permission to implement Medicaid work requirements.

How PBM execs want to reform the Rx pricing system

April 10, 2019


Executives from five of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday said they would support legislation to reform PBMs' current drug pricing system by increasing transparency and prohibiting PBMs from charging Medicare and Medicaid higher rates for prescription drugs than pharmacies.

How CMS wants to ease Medicare Part D plans' transition to proposed rebate rules

April 9, 2019


If CMS moves forward with proposed changes to eliminate certain prescription drug rebates in Medicare and Medicaid plans, the agency will launch a two-year demonstration program to ease Medicare Part D plans' transition.

Inside Nebraska's plan to implement its voter-approved Medicaid expansion—with work requirements

April 3, 2019


Nebraska officials on Monday unveiled a plan to launch the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion and request the federal government's permission to implement a tiered approach to Medicaid work requirements.

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