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Did Medicaid expansion cut racial disparities in cancer care?

June 4, 2019


The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion nearly eliminated a key disparity in cancer care access for white and black U.S. patients, according to a study unveiled Sunday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting.

Utah unveils proposal to implement per-capita caps in Medicaid

June 4, 2019


Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Friday unveiled a proposal to establish per-person spending caps and seek enhanced federal funding for the state's partial Medicaid expansion.

Where the medical malpractice system falls short, according to research

May 30, 2019


Research shows that a small percentage of U.S. doctors are responsible for a disproportionate number of medical malpractice claims, but research suggests "very little" is done to prevent these doctors from continuing to practice, according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.

The saga continues: Pennsylvania Supreme Court kicks UPMC-Highmark case back to lower court

May 30, 2019


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 4-3 to order a lower court to reconsider its decision to allow a consent decree mandating that UPMC hospitals accept patients insured by Highmark Health to expire on June 30.

Colorado becomes the first state to cap insulin out-of-pocket costs

May 29, 2019


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) last week signed into law a bill that will cap out-of-pocket insulin costs for Colorado residents with diabetes at $100 per month.

SCOTUS sidesteps ruling on Indiana abortion ban

May 29, 2019


The Supreme Court in an order issued Tuesday upheld part of an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to ensure fetuses are buried or cremated, but the Court chose not to weigh in on a part of the law that banned abortions sought because of fetal abnormalities or the fetus' race, sex, or ancestry.

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.

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