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What Kavanaugh's confirmation means for SCOTUS' health care rulings

October 8, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has ruled on several high-profile health care cases that some observers say could shed light on how he would rule if cases on those issues were to reach the Supreme Court.

Federal exchange premiums are dropping for 2019, Azar says

September 28, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says premium rates for silver-level health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange are expected to decline for the first time since the law's enactment.

In the states: California bans sale of short-term health plans, New Mexico abandons federal exchange, and more

September 28, 2018

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

Congress just passed bills to help you pay the lowest price for Rx drugs

September 26, 2018

The bills, which now head to President Trump, would prohibit the use of so-called pharmacy "gag clauses"—which prevent pharmacists from telling customers when a drug could be purchased at a lower cost without insurance—in commercial health plans, as well as Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans.

1 in 4 people with diabetes have rationed insulin. Here's why that's dangerous.

September 14, 2018

About one in four diabetics has resorted to rationing their insulin doses to combat rising prices—but the practice can have lethal consequences.

CMS doles out ACA navigator funding for upcoming open enrollment period

September 13, 2018

CMS says it has awarded $10 million in grants to 39 so-called "navigator" organizations that help enroll U.S. residents in Affordable Care Act exchange plans—down from 90 that received such grants last year.

Health plan premiums will see average 3.6% increase for 2019, analysis finds

September 10, 2018

An analysis by Avalere Health and the Associated Press finds individual health plan premium rates will increase by an average of 3.6% across 47 states and Washington, D.C., for the 2019 coverage year when compared with 2018 premium rates.

CDC: Uninsured rate is holding steady, but more people are in high-deductible plans

August 31, 2018

New CDC data show about 28.3 million U.S. residents—or 8.8% of the population—were uninsured during the first three months of 2018, marking no "significant change" from the same period in 2017.

GAO: HHS did not properly manage ACA's last open enrollment period

August 27, 2018

Sens. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), as well as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), say the findings in a new Government Accountability Office report "should serve as a wakeup call to the Trump administration that it needs to change course when it comes to educating and notifying millions of Americans about their health care options for 2019."

Weekly Line: The 3 biggest changes Trump has made to the ACA—so far

August 24, 2018

President Trump came into office with a big goal: repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to reform the U.S. health insurance market.
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