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Democrats' big split in last night's debate: Whether to 'abolish' private insurers

June 27, 2019

The first batch of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates squared off in a primary debate Wednesday night, and a question regarding so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals emerged as a dividing factor between the candidates.

Senate HELP committee advances 'surprise' bill legislative package

June 27, 2019

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday voted 20-3 to approve a bill intended address so-called "surprise" medical bills, reduce U.S. health care costs, and more, but senators have suggested the bill could undergo more changes before a floor debate next month.

Oklahoma Supreme Court gives Medicaid expansion supporters a win

June 27, 2019

Oklahoma's Supreme Court last week validated the proposed text of a ballot initiative seeking to expand the state's Medicaid program, meaning expansion supporters can continue gathering signatures to add the measure to the state's 2020 ballot.

FDA shuts down its database that shielded adverse event reports from the public

June 27, 2019

FDA on Friday said it has officially stopped using a database that had allowed medical device manufacturers to privately submit certain malfunction reports, and instead will look to improve its public reporting database and use real-world data to quickly identify and respond to medical device safety incidents.

SCOTUS to hear case over $12B in unpaid risk corridors funds

June 26, 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case that centers on whether the federal government owes insurers $12 billion in risk corridors payments under the Affordable Care Act.

San Francisco to become first city to ban e-cigarette sales

June 26, 2019

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would ban e-cigarette sales and distribution in the city, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) has said she will sign the measure.

It's official: Medicare will reimburse more hospitals for TAVR

June 26, 2019

CMS on Friday finalized requirements that relax the number of procedures required to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for transcatheter aortic valve replacements.

An emotional support stuffed baboon? Why states are starting to crack down on emotional support animals.

June 26, 2019

The number of people registering emotional support animals with the National Service Animal Registry has increased from 2,400 in 2011 to almost 200,000 today—and the increase has led some states to enact legislation strengthening requirements for such animals.

From 'secret' price disclosures to upfront out-of-pocket costs: Inside Trump's latest executive order on health care

June 25, 2019

President Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at increasing transparency of U.S. health care costs and quality that calls for requiring hospitals and physicians employed by hospitals to post their prices publicly, including the discounted prices they have negotiated with health insurers.

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