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Trump just signed a bill to avert a government shutdown and delay Medicaid cuts. Here's what's inside.

November 22, 2019


President Trump late Thursday signed into law a stopgap bill that averts a government shutdown by funding the federal government, including various health programs, through Dec. 20 and delays $4 billion in planned cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments.

Why it's so hard to find in-network mental health care

November 22, 2019


In the United States, commercially insured patients are struggling to find in-network mental health providers, forcing many to seek out-of-network care at rates above those for other conditions—despite the federal mental health parity law, according to a report published by Milliman on Wednesday.

Tennessee submitted its controversial request for block-grant Medicaid funding. Will CMS approve it?

November 22, 2019


Tennessee this week formally submitted to CMS a controversial Medicaid waiver proposal to convert the state's Medicaid financing structure from an open-ended federal funding system into a block-grant system—a proposal that is widely supported by conservatives but is likely to face legal challenges if approved.

Why CMS' proposed star ratings changes might not help consumers

November 22, 2019


Members of a CMS advisory panel are worried that potential long-term changes to CMS' star-ratings methodology for hospitals would not actually help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for care.

In the states: California, New York sue Juul for allegedly targeting teens; South Dakota launches 'Meth. We're On It' campaign; and more

November 22, 2019


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

Trump's FDA nominee faces questions on drug prices, e-cigarettes, and more

November 21, 2019


Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, on Wednesday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding drug shortages and prices, e-cigarette use, and more.

Nursing Home Compare now warns consumers about abuse violations

November 21, 2019


CMS on its Nursing Home Compare website has begun indicating when nursing homes have been cited for abuse violations, and while the move has been applauded by consumer advocates, some in the nursing home industry say the alerts are misleading.

CMS says nearly 1.7M have signed up for federal exchange plans

November 21, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced about 1.67 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, down 13% when compared with the first three weeks of last year's open enrollment period.

Colorado has a final state public option plan (but hospitals aren't on board)

November 21, 2019


Colorado officials on Friday released their final proposal for a state public health insurance option, but the Colorado Hospital Association is raising concerns.

House approves stopgap bill to fund federal government, delay Medicaid payment cuts

November 20, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted 231-192 to approve a stopgap spending bill that would fund the federal government through Dec. 20, extend funding for certain health care programs, and delay $4 billion in planned cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments.

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