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The 17 doctors and nurses just elected to Congress (and why they matter)

November 16, 2018

More than a dozen doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are among the officials just elected to Congress in the 2018 midterms, and they have the potential to help shape health policy in the 116th Congress.

CMS data show federal exchange signups are lagging behind last year. See where they stand.

November 15, 2018

CMS says 804,556 U.S. residents selected federal exchange plans during the second week of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, bringing total signups to about 1.2 million so far.

Trump's expanded association health plans are reaching the market. Here's an inside look.

November 15, 2018

It has been more than two months since the Trump administration's expanded association health plans hit the market—and coverage, at least in Nebraska, is more comprehensive than state officials and industry analysts initially feared.

Meet the lawmakers poised to shape health care in the 116th Congress

November 12, 2018

Prescription drug costs, the Affordable Care Act, and "Medicare-for-All" are among the key policy issues leaders of the 116th Congress likely will address.

93% of participants earned a MIPS bonus payment this year. (But it could be harder next year)

November 9, 2018

Ninety-three percent of clinicians eligible for MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System received a bonus payment for the 2017 performance year, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced in a blog post.

Mandatory payment models are making a comeback, Azar says

November 9, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says CMS' Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation plans to test a mandatory Medicare payment model for radiation oncology and new versions of two previously canceled payment models for cardiac care.

CMS wants exchanges to bill separately for abortion surcharge

November 9, 2018

CMS this week released a proposed rule that would bolster exchange coverage eligibility processes and require insurers selling individual health plans on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges to send enrollees separate bills for abortion coverage.

Congress, divided: What Tuesday's election results mean for health care

November 7, 2018

In Tuesday's midterm elections, Republicans expanded their Senate majority but lost control of the House—likely meaning the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead, and giving Democrats new leverage to scrutinize President Trump's health policy choices.

Medicaid expansion, marijuana legalization, and more: See how states voted on our interactive map

November 7, 2018

Massachusetts voters rejected a controversial measure that would have allowed the state to set patient limits for nurses and voters, but three states voted to expand Medicaid. Explore these and other key initiatives on our interactive map.

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