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Verma suggests Trump has a plan if ACA is struck down—but declines to share the details

October 25, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday declined to provide details on the Trump administration's plans in case a federal appeals court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.

Why FTC is asking health systems, insurers for information on mergers

October 25, 2019


The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced that it has ordered two health systems and five health insurance companies to give the agency information that will help it with an ongoing project examining the effects of certain state regulations on mergers in the industry.

If the ACA is struck down, conservative Republicans have a replacement plan

October 24, 2019


The Republican Study Committee, which is comprised of conservative House lawmakers, on Tuesday released a framework to reform the U.S. health care system by eliminating parts of the Affordable Care Act and providing states with more regulatory authority.

An exclusive (but growing) club: The doctors with licenses in all 50 states

October 24, 2019


As demand for telemedicine grows, more doctors are seeking licenses in multiple states so they can tap into the technology to treat patients across state lines—and some are even getting licensed in all 50 states.

States are preparing for the ACA to be overturned. But Azar is urging officials 'to keep calm.'

October 23, 2019


Officials in some states are working on backup plans in case a federal appeals court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality, but HHS Secretary Alex Azar says, until a final ruling is issued in the case, the Trump administration's current message "is to keep calm and carry on."

State AGs announce settlement framework that could resolve thousands of opioid lawsuits

October 22, 2019


Attorneys general from four states on Monday released a framework for a $48 billion agreement with three of the United States' largest drug distributors and other pharmaceutical companies that could settle thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies fueled the opioid epidemic.

Amid legal uncertainty, Arizona halts plans to implement Medicaid work requirements

October 22, 2019


Arizona officials last week told CMS that the state is suspending its implementation of Medicaid work requirements amid legal uncertainty.

Medicaid work requirements need better oversight, GAO says

October 16, 2019


CMS is not adequately overseeing the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on administrative costs to implement Medicaid work requirements, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

Was the Salt Lake City cop who arrested a nurse over a blood draw just a 'fall guy'?

October 16, 2019


When a video of a Salt Lake City police officer handcuffing a University of Utah Hospital nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient went viral, the department fired him for his conduct—but now, the officer is suing the department and the city, saying he was following his supervisor's orders when he arrested the nurse.

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