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'Medicare at 50': Inside Democrats' latest plan to dramatically expand Medicare

February 14, 2019


A group of House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow U.S. residents to buy into Medicare once they reach age 50, and would allow them to use Affordable Care Act tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies to do so.

HHS wants to bolster patients' access to their electronic health data. Here's how.

February 12, 2019


HHS on Monday proposed two new rules that aim to give patients greater access to their electronic health information—and call out health care providers who impede health data sharing.

In the states: California exchange officials call for a reinsurance program, Kentucky delays Medicaid work requirements, and more

February 8, 2019


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

Googling 'Obamacare plans'? You might not find ACA-compliant coverage, a new study reveals.

February 4, 2019


A new study shows consumers who searched online for health insurance during the latest open enrollment period frequently were directed to websites promoting short-term health plans and other types of non-Affordable Care Act compliant plans, with little information about the plans' limitations.

Congress kicks off hearings on Rx drug prices, other health issues

January 30, 2019


Committees in the Senate and House on Tuesday began a series of hearings focused on health care issues, including prescription drug prices, protections for U.S. residents with pre-existing medical conditions, and health insurance options.

Judge questions Trump admin's intent in issuing AHP rule

January 29, 2019


A federal judge on Thursday questioned whether the Trump administration's final rule to expand U.S. residents' access to association health plans was intended to reshape the Affordable Care Act's exchange market.

The latest spike in the US uninsured rate, charted

January 24, 2019


A Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index poll released Wednesday showed the share of U.S. adults without health insurance rose by 1.5 percentage points in 2018, reaching the highest level since the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions took effect in 2014.

Shutdown, Day 34: Health groups says shutdown is threatening public safety, innovation

January 24, 2019


More than 40 patient and health industry groups are calling on federal policymakers to end the ongoing partial government shutdown, saying it is forcing FDA to choose between ensuring "the health and safety of Americans today" and the "prospect of new life-saving therapies for patients."

CMS just proposed changes for 2020 exchange plans. Here's what you need to know.

January 18, 2019


CMS on Thursday released proposed changes for Affordable Care Act exchange plans that the agency said are intended to lower premiums and reduce regulatory burdens, but some observers said the proposed changes could increase costs for exchange enrollees.

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