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CMS cracks down on 'spread pricing' in Medicaid

May 17, 2019

CMS on Wednesday released regulatory guidance intended to clarify how state Medicaid programs should account for so-called "spread pricing" when calculating their medical loss ratios.

FDA must begin reviewing e-cigarettes, judge rules

May 17, 2019

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that FDA must begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes being sold in the United States, siding with public health groups that challenged the agency's decision to delay the product reviews for several years.

How senators want to stop 'surprise' medical bills

May 16, 2019

Lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday released a bipartisan draft bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by using an arbitration process to settle disputes over medical charges between providers and insurers—a proposal the White House has said it opposes.

Alabama makes providing abortion a felony

May 16, 2019

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that makes it a felony for doctors to provide abortion care under almost any circumstances.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces presidential run. Here's where he stands on health care.

May 16, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Thursday announced he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and touted his plan to implement universal health coverage in the city.

Twitter launches tool to combat vaccine misinformation

May 16, 2019

Twitter on Friday launched a new feature that provides users who search "vaccines" or related terms with a message that links them to an HHS website about vaccines.

Judge blocks new liver donor allocation policy amid legal challenge

May 16, 2019

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new liver allocation policy in the United States, after HHS declined to further delay the policy's implementation.

How these top-ranking lawmakers want to stop 'surprise' medical bills

May 15, 2019

The highest-ranking Democrat and Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday released a draft bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by setting a benchmark payment rate for out-of-network services—a proposal health care providers have said they oppose.

1.1M fewer US residents were insured in 2018. See the trends, charted.

May 15, 2019

The latest CDC data show about 30.4 million U.S. residents—or about 9.4% of the country's population—were uninsured during 2018, which CDC said marked no "significant change" from 2017 when 29.3 million U.S. residents, or about 9.1% of the population, were uninsured.

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