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Here's where Trump's nominee for attorney general stands on health care issues

January 16, 2019


William Barr, President Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday discussed his positions on a number of health care issues, including the Affordable Care Act, illicit drugs, and more.

A judge just blocked the Trump admin's contraceptive rules nationwide, for now

January 15, 2019


A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Monday issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks a pair of federal rules that allow more employers to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules based on moral or religious grounds.

Trump admin might put forth a proposal to overhaul VA's health system

January 15, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) is drafting a proposal to overhaul its health care system and shift billions of dollars in funding from VA-run health hospitals to private health care providers, according to the New York Times.

Judge blocks rules allowing moral, religious exemptions to contraceptive coverage requirements

January 14, 2019


A federal judge in California on Sunday issued a preliminary injunction blocking a pair of federal rules that allow more employers to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules based on moral or religious grounds.

Diagnosis coding changes might explain the decline in hospital readmissions, study finds

January 14, 2019


CMS' change in diagnosis coding might be responsible for over 50% of the reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions, a new study suggests.

US drug spending suddenly exploded in 1997. What happened?

January 14, 2019


The United States far outspends other wealthy nations on prescription drugs, but a recent study shows the trend dates back only to 1997—and Austin Frakt, a health economist, offers insight on what triggered the spending spike, and what it means for the future of drug spending.

Democrats are looking to lower Rx drug prices. Here's how.

January 11, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced legislation intended to lower prescription drug costs in the United States, including measures that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs and Medicare Part D to negotiate drug prices.

In the states: Idaho to move forward with 'state-based' health plans, Maine to implement Medicaid expansion, and more

January 11, 2019


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

Grassley lays out health care priorities—and starts with a bill to import drugs from Canada

January 10, 2019


New Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Wednesday laid out his priorities regarding prescription drug prices and released draft legislation that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs from Canada.

How two Democratic governors and one mayor want to expand public health coverage

January 9, 2019


Democratic governors in California and Washington and New York City's mayor over the past few days have unveiled proposals to significantly expand public health programs, including some proposals that would offer residents universal coverage.

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