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Trump drops fight to add citizenship question to census survey

July 12, 2019


President Trump on Thursday announced that his administration will not add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, reversing an announcement he made last week and effectively ending a dispute over the question.

Trump just pulled his proposal to eliminate Rx drug rebates. Here's why.

July 11, 2019


The Trump administration has withdrawn its proposed rule to prohibit drugmakers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers under federal health programs, a White House spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

Inside Trump's plan to overhaul kidney care, donation process

July 11, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday issued an executive order that calls on HHS to overhaul the kidney care and donation allocation process, and HHS shortly after unveiled new payment models for Medicare providers who manage patients with kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.

Nearly 90% of hospices have been cited for care deficiencies, HHS' OIG finds

July 11, 2019


Health inspectors from 2012 through 2016 cited nearly 90% of hospices for at least one deficiency—and about 20% of hospices had deficiencies serious enough to put patients in danger, according to a pair of reports released Tuesday by the HHS' Office of the Inspector General.

In a first, California opens Medicaid to undocumented young adults

July 11, 2019


California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday signed into law a state budget bill that will make California the first state in the country to open Medicaid eligibility in full to undocumented immigrants up through age 25.

Judges appear likely to strike down ACA's individual mandate. Will they nix the ACA, too?

July 10, 2019


A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality, and appeared likely to strike down the law's individual mandate.

Billionaire Tom Steyer is the latest Democrat to announce a presidential run. Here's where he stands on health care.

July 10, 2019


Tom Steyer, a billionaire and environmentalist, on Tuesday announced that he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and has said his campaign will call for achieving universal health coverage in the United States.

How much do air ambulances charge private insurers? More than four times Medicare rates, study finds.

July 10, 2019


Charges for air ambulance services in 2016 were more than four times higher than the rate Medicare paid to transport patients via airplane or helicopter, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs.

CDC data indicate a slowdown in the spread of US measles cases—but expert says it might not last

July 10, 2019


CDC on Monday announced the spread of measles throughout the United States has slowed, with local health officials reporting fewer new measles cases in recent weeks when compared with the beginning of this year—but one expert warns the decline could be temporary.

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