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Azar defends proposed HHS budget, Medicare cuts in House committee hearing

February 16, 2018

During House and Senate committee hearings, HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlines his priorities for the department, including improving health care access and affordability, transitioning toward value-based payment models, reducing prescription drug costs, and expanding coverage for telehealth services.

The health care provisions in Trump's budget proposal

February 13, 2018

President Trump's fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal requests $95.4 billion in discretionary HHS funding—with some federal health care agencies seeing budget increases and others seeing budget cuts when compared with FY 2017.

Senate Democrats push to expand premium subsidies for exchange plans

February 9, 2018

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have resumed talks around a bill to bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchanges and hope to include such language in an omnibus spending bill.

In the states: Alabama files suit against opioid maker; South Dakota lawmakers advance bill to raise tobacco purchasing age, and more

February 9, 2018

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

2018 exchange plan sign-ups down by 3.7% compared with last year, data show

February 8, 2018

Industry experts say the overall 3.7% decline in exchange signups was lower than they had expected, considering the Trump administration had shortened the 2018 open enrollment period and cut spending on open enrollment outreach by 90%.

The latest deal to avert a shutdown could affect Medicare, MACRA, CHCs, and more

February 8, 2018

Congress today is expected to vote on a spending package that would fund the government through March 23, increase funding for community health centers and to combat the opioid misuse epidemic, repeal the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board, and more.

Trump admin weighing states' requests to implement Medicaid coverage limits

February 8, 2018

At least five states—Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Utah, and Wisconsin—are seeking CMS' permission to implement lifetime coverage limits for Medicaid.

House passes bill to ease ACA menu labeling rules

February 8, 2018

A Senate companion bill to ease federal menu labeling requirements called for under the Affordable Care Act remains in committee.

Joint Cleveland Clinic, Oscar Health plans see strong start

February 8, 2018

Kevin Sears, executive director of Cleveland Clinic Market & Network Services, says he believes narrow network health plans like those offered through a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and Oscar Health will continue to take up an increasing share of the individual health insurance market.

JPMorgan CEO to health care industry: Don't worry about Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan venture

February 6, 2018

Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that JPMorgan CEO James Dimon is easing concerns that his company's recently announced partnership with Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway will interfere with the greater health care industry because the partnership is designed to serve only employees at the three companies.
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