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Kentucky's governor took his 9 children to a 'chickenpox party.' That's a public health hazard, experts say.

March 22, 2019

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (Ky.) on Tuesday said he deliberately exposed his children to the chickenpox virus rather than vaccinating them against the disease—an approach that runs contrary to CDC guidance and met with harsh criticism from public health experts.

In the states: San Francisco proposes e-cigarette ban, New Mexico Legislature passes Medicaid buy-in proposal, and more

March 22, 2019

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

Trump admin faces third legal challenge over Medicaid work requirements

March 21, 2019

Three advocacy groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for approving a Medicaid waiver in New Hampshire that allows the state to eliminate retroactive Medicaid coverage and impose work requirements on certain beneficiaries.

This woman's $101,000 'surprise' medical bill inspired a groundbreaking law. (But she still had to pay up.)

March 21, 2019

Claudi Knafo’s 2012 story inspired a groundbreaking New York law to prevent "surprise" medical bills, but the law would not have protected Knafo from her unexpected, six-figure bill.

Undeterred by lawsuits, CMS approves Ohio's request for Medicaid work requirements

March 18, 2019

CMS on Friday approved Ohio's request to implement Medicaid work requirements—with the approval coming one day after lawyers for the Trump administration defended Medicaid work requirements in court.

440 rural nursing homes closed in the past decade. What happened to all their patients?

March 18, 2019

More than 440 rural nursing homes have closed over the past decade due to shifting payment policies and low Medicaid reimbursements—sometimes forcing patients to move hundreds of miles away on short notice to find care.

How the federal government is defending—and advancing—Medicaid work requirements

March 15, 2019

Lawyers for the Trump administration on Thursday defended CMS' decision to approve Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky, while the agency separately issued new guidance intended to help states evaluate such requirements.

Two major BCBS insurers want to merge… sort of. Here's what you need to know.

March 13, 2019

Two large operators of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans on Monday announced that they plan to merge their administrative, management, and other functions to create one combined structure.

Medicaid reforms, Medicare cuts, and more: Inside Trump's FY 2020 budget

March 12, 2019

The White House on Monday released President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes steep cuts to federal Medicaid funding, a national Medicaid work requirement, and a proposal to cut $854 billion in federal Medicare spending over 10 years.

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