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Inside House Democrats' new 'Medicare-for-All' bill

February 28, 2019

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on Wednesday introduced a new "Medicare-for-All" bill that already has more than 100 co-sponsors and is more expansive than the Medicare-for-All proposal long championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

How pharma execs are proposing to lower Rx drug costs. (Hint: It's not by lowering their prices.)

February 27, 2019

Pharmaceutical company executives during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday offered some ideas for lowering prescription drug prices insurers and consumers pay, though they did not commit to lowering the list prices of their products.

These hospitals are offering 50% off medical bills. (And they say 'it's a win-win.')

February 26, 2019

Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital are cutting patients' outstanding medical bills in half as part of a new pilot to ensure patients pay their bills.

About 20% of US rural hospitals are at high risk of closing, report finds

February 22, 2019

The Navigant report recommended federal lawmakers reintroduce and pass the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act, which would "help rural hospitals by allowing them to sidestep" certain regulatory "hurdle[s]."

US will spend $6T on health care by 2027, CMS says. Here's what will drive that growth.

February 21, 2019

CMS' Office of Actuaries predicts average national spending growth in the United States will increase by 5.5% annually from 2018 to 2027, outpacing growth in the country's gross domestic product and reaching a total of nearly $6 trillion by 2027.

Federal government must pay insurers CSR payments, federal judges rule

February 19, 2019

Two federal court judges last week ruled the federal government violated its statutory obligation under the Affordable Care to pay insurers cost-sharing reduction payments.

Medicare wants to revamp ambulance payments, aiming to prevent avoidable ED visits

February 15, 2019

HHS on Thursday announced the launch of a new voluntary payment model for emergency ambulance services—called the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) model—that would allow Medicare to reimburse first responders for care delivered on-site or via telemedicine, even if patients are not taken to a hospital.

In the states: Georgia seeks partial Medicaid expansion, Maine co-op asks SCOTUS to hear case on risk corridor payments, and more

February 15, 2019

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

As the US uninsured rate declined, more adults became underinsured, survey finds

February 7, 2019

The U.S. uninsured rate has declined since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, but the percentage of underinsured U.S. adults has grown, according to a survey brief from the Commonwealth Fund released Thursday. See the trends, charted.

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