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CMS OKs Louisiana's plan to get 'unlimited access' to hep C treatment

July 1, 2019


CMS last week signed off on Louisiana's plan to test a subscription-based payment model for hepatitis C drugs intended to increase medication access for its Medicaid and prison populations.

Sanford, UnityPoint to merge into $11B 'regional giant'

July 1, 2019


Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health on Friday announced their intent to merge into an $11 billion integrated health system that, pending regulatory approval, would form a "regional giant" in the Midwest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Did an appeals court issue an 'ominous' sign for the ACA?

June 28, 2019


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday asked parties in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) constitutionality to weigh in on whether Democratic attorneys general and House lawmakers, who are defending the ACA in the suit, have the standing to do so.

US drug overdose deaths might have declined for the first time since 1990

June 28, 2019


Drug-related overdose deaths in the United States appear to have declined by 4.4% to about 69,000 deaths for the 12-month period ending in November 2018, according to provisional data from CDC.

SCOTUS rules citizenship question cannot be on census in 2020

June 28, 2019


The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a 5-4 ruling rejecting the Trump administration's reasoning for adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 census—a move some states and cities feared would threaten federal Medicaid funding.

Oklahoma Supreme Court gives Medicaid expansion supporters a win

June 27, 2019


Oklahoma's Supreme Court last week validated the proposed text of a ballot initiative seeking to expand the state's Medicaid program, meaning expansion supporters can continue gathering signatures to add the measure to the state's 2020 ballot.

An emotional support stuffed baboon? Why states are starting to crack down on emotional support animals.

June 26, 2019


The number of people registering emotional support animals with the National Service Animal Registry has increased from 2,400 in 2011 to almost 200,000 today—and the increase has led some states to enact legislation strengthening requirements for such animals.

Centene, WellCare merger just cleared a 'big milestone'

June 25, 2019


Centene and Wellcare on Monday received their shareholder's approval to merge, but the companies still need regulatory approval for the proposed merger, which would form a combined entity with revenue of about $97 billion in 2019 on a pro forma basis and 22 million members nationwide.

Medicaid work requirements don't boost employment, new study suggests

June 21, 2019


After Arkansas implemented Medicaid work requirements, thousands of adults lost their health insurance and unemployment among Medicaid-eligible adults rose, according to a study published Wednesday.

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