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Harris attempts to clarify stance on health insurance reform (again)

July 1, 2019


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Friday walked back her position on nixing private coverage after raising her hand in support of replacing such coverage with a government-run "Medicare-for-All" plan during Thursday's primary debate.

Medtronic insulin pumps could be hacked, FDA warns

July 1, 2019


FDA and Medtronic on Thursday announced a recall of Medtronic's MiniMed insulin pumps, citing the potential for hackers to manipulate the pumps.

Police don't need a warrant to test unconscious drivers' blood, SCOTUS rules

July 1, 2019


The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision issued Thursday upheld Wisconsin's so-called "implied consent" law, which states that drivers automatically consent to a blood draw when they get behind the wheel, even if they are unconscious.

CMS OKs Louisiana's plan to get 'unlimited access' to hep C treatment

July 1, 2019


CMS last week signed off on Louisiana's plan to test a subscription-based payment model for hepatitis C drugs intended to increase medication access for its Medicaid and prison populations.

Sanford, UnityPoint to merge into $11B 'regional giant'

July 1, 2019


Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health on Friday announced their intent to merge into an $11 billion integrated health system that, pending regulatory approval, would form a "regional giant" in the Midwest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Democratic debate round 2: Candidates split on 'Medicare for All,' but agree on coverage for undocumented immigrants

June 28, 2019


Health care again was a major focus in Thursday night's primary debate for candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, with candidates split on transitioning the United States to a single-payer health system, but agreeing on expanded access to coverage for undocumented immigrants.

Did an appeals court issue an 'ominous' sign for the ACA?

June 28, 2019


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday asked parties in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) constitutionality to weigh in on whether Democratic attorneys general and House lawmakers, who are defending the ACA in the suit, have the standing to do so.

US drug overdose deaths might have declined for the first time since 1990

June 28, 2019


Drug-related overdose deaths in the United States appear to have declined by 4.4% to about 69,000 deaths for the 12-month period ending in November 2018, according to provisional data from CDC.

House Democrats outline health care funding priorities in FY 2020 spending packages

June 28, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted 227-194 to pass a "minibus" spending package that would increase funding for FDA and allocate money for the agency to establish safeguards around cannabidiol levels in food and dietary supplements.

SCOTUS rules citizenship question cannot be on census in 2020

June 28, 2019


The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a 5-4 ruling rejecting the Trump administration's reasoning for adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 census—a move some states and cities feared would threaten federal Medicaid funding.

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