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What's behind the slowdown in US health spending? Declining demand, CMS finds.

December 7, 2018


CMS actuaries say U.S. health care spending increased by 3.9% to $3.5 trillion in 2017, down from a growth rate of 4.3% in 2016.

Incoming Senate Finance Committee leaders unveil bill to address Medicaid drug costs

December 6, 2018


Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the incoming leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, released a draft bill that would provide HHS with the authority to penalize drugmakers participating in the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program for misclassifying their products.

New Hampshire gets CMS' OK to implement Medicaid work requirements

December 4, 2018


As early as April 2019, New Hampshire will require certain beneficiaries enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion to work or participate in other activities for at least 100 hours a month to qualify for coverage.

Why the uninsured rate among US children rose for the first time in nearly a decade

November 30, 2018


A new report from Georgetown University shows the number of U.S. children without health insurance increased in 2017 for the first time since 2008.

CMS reapproves Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements

November 21, 2018


CMS says Kentucky can begin implementing its proposed Medicaid work requirements in April 2019.

Amid epidemic, opioid reversal drug saw a 600% price surge, Senate report finds

November 21, 2018


A report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found the price of EVZIO, a drug designed to reverse an opioid drug-related overdose, increased from $575 per unit in 2014 to $4,100 per unit in 2017.

Improper Medicare payments fall to record low, CMS says

November 20, 2018


CMS says the 2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) improper payment rate decreased from 9.51% in fiscal year (FY) 2017 to 8.12% in FY 2018, marking the second consecutive year the agency's improper Medicare FFS payment rate is less than 10%.

Young adults are most likely to be uninsured, CDC data show

November 19, 2018


CDC says about 28.5 million U.S. residents—or 8.8% of population—were uninsured during the first six months of 2018, marking no "significant change" from the previous year.

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