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Trump signs short-term spending bill allowing states to access more CHIP funds

December 8, 2017


President Trump is working with Republican and Democratic leaders on a longer-term spending bill that lawmakers say is likely to include new funding for CHIP.

GOP eyeing Medicare, Medicaid reform in 2018, Ryan says

December 8, 2017


House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says Republican lawmakers next year will "have to get back [to] entitlement reform," such as Medicare and Medicaid reform, as a way of "tackl[ing] the debt and the deficit."

Senate, House begin negotiations on tax reform bill—and the individual mandate is on the table

December 8, 2017


House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who is leading the negotiations, says he is open to including a provision to eliminate the penalty most U.S. residents have to pay for not having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate in Republicans' final tax reform bill.

Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives announce plans to merge

December 8, 2017


If Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives merger agreement is approved, the combined companies would create the largest nonprofit hospital company in the United States in terms of operating revenue.

Arthritis is much more common than you think, study suggests

December 8, 2017


The study's findings indicate that 91.2 million U.S. adults had arthritis in 2015—an estimate that is 68% higher than CDC's estimates.

In the states: Efforts to stem disease outbreaks in Calif. and N.C., a spike in fentanyl-related deaths in Utah, and more

December 8, 2017


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

A closer look: The top five American Health Line Analyses & Insights of 2017

December 7, 2017


American Health Line's editors and writers covered some big topics this year, including the future of the CHIP program and the consequences rescinding the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate could have on other popular provisions of the law.

US health spending slows, but consumers' out-of-pocket spending soars, CMS data show

December 7, 2017


In an annual report, CMS actuaries find U.S. health spending increased by 4.3% to $3.3 trillion in 2016, down from growth rates of 5.8% in 2015 and 5.1% in 2014—but consumers' out-of-pocket spending rose at its fastest rate since 2007.

Federal exchange signups exceed 3.6M, CMS says

December 7, 2017


New CMS data show more than 3.6 million U.S. residents have signed up for federal exchange coverage since the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period launched Nov. 1, but industry experts say it is unlikely total signups will reach last year's levels.

Study: Largest US insurers are depending more on Medicare, Medicaid for revenues, enrollment

December 7, 2017


The study finds that Medicare and Medicaid plans offered by the United States' five largest health insurers accounted for 59% of the insurers' total revenue and 20% of the insurers' combined enrollment in 2016, demonstrating the insurers' growing dependence on government health programs.

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