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Inside the 'ambitious' Alexander-Murray proposal to combat 'surprise' medical bills, lower drug costs

May 24, 2019


Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, on Thursday unveiled bipartisan draft legislation that aims to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and lower prescription drug costs in the United States.

Nearly half of rural US residents can't afford a $1,000 medical bill, survey finds

May 24, 2019


The draft bill from Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, includes a new proposal to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would require hospitals in a health plan's network to ensure all of their providers also are in the plan's network.

The best (and worst) states for health care, according to US News

May 23, 2019


U.S. News & World Report recently ranked health care in all 50 states, based on care quality, access, and public health metrics, and you can see how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive map.

States, localities sue HHS over 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 22, 2019


A group of nearly two dozen states and localities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and physician-assisted death.

The $753M question: What's Amazon got planned for PillPack?

May 21, 2019


Amazon in June 2018 announced that it was purchasing PillPack, a mail-order pharmaceutical supplier, but many questions remain about how Amazon will utilize PillPack going forward.

McConnell, Kaine unveil bipartisan bill to raise tobacco purchasing age to 21

May 21, 2019


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Monday introduced a bill to increase from 18 to 21 the minimum age at which U.S. residents can purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

Inside the House's legislative package to address drug costs and bolster the ACA

May 20, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 284-183 to approve a legislative package intended to address high drug prices and bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchange market.

CMS cracks down on 'spread pricing' in Medicaid

May 17, 2019


CMS on Wednesday released regulatory guidance intended to clarify how state Medicaid programs should account for so-called "spread pricing" when calculating their medical loss ratios.

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