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Weekly Line: The polarizing abortion debate just escalated (and SCOTUS could be why)

May 24, 2019

Abortion rights might be one of the most divisive issues in the United States. 

How would single-payer impact health care costs and quality? It's not clear, CBO says.

May 24, 2019

Congressional Budget Office officials this week told House Budget Committee members that there currently are too many unknowns surrounding a single-payer health care system to determine how such a system would affect insurance rates and government spending, but any transition to single-payer would be "complicated."

Nearly half of rural US residents can't afford a $1,000 medical bill, survey finds

May 24, 2019

The draft bill from Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, includes a new proposal to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would require hospitals in a health plan's network to ensure all of their providers also are in the plan's network.

Inside the House's legislative package to address drug costs and bolster the ACA

May 20, 2019

The House on Thursday voted 284-183 to approve a legislative package intended to address high drug prices and bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchange market.

Weekly Line: It's been 3 years since my 'surprise' medical bill, and the issue is now coming to a head

May 17, 2019

The debate around so-called "surprise" medical bills came to a meaningful head this week when bipartisan groups in both the House and Senate released draft bills to stop unexpected out-of-network bills. 

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.

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.

Democrats want to know why DOJ isn't defending the ACA

May 15, 2019

Five Democratic lawmakers are asking White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Attorney General William Barr to turn over documents related to the Department of Justice's decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the law.

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