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Washington lawmakers approve bill to create public option health plan

April 30, 2019

Washington's Legislature on Saturday approved a bill to create a state-funded public health insurance option, which state residents would be able to select on Washington's health insurance exchange.

What the US can (and can't) learn from Singapore’s celebrated health system

April 30, 2019

Singapore's health care system is considered "an example of excellence," according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, but a recent visit revealed why U.S. residents might not be able to use the health system as "a possible model for" its own innovation.

How much do US residents spend on health care? See the answer, charted.

April 29, 2019

Health care costs account for a larger share of low-income U.S. residents' paychecks, though high-income residents spend more dollars overall, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

'Medicare for All' is roiling the health industry. Could Biden bring it to a halt?

April 26, 2019

There are a slew of so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals and public option health plans floating around the 116th Congress. 

Biden has joined the 2020 presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

April 25, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who on Thursday announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, has not endorsed a so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposal—but he also has not dismissed such a plan.

Colorado passes bill to create public health insurance option

April 25, 2019

Colorado's Legislature on Monday passed a bill that directs state officials to create a public health insurance option that would compete with both private insurance plans and plans sold through the state's health insurance exchange—though if it becomes law, the state first would need the federal government to sign off on the plan.

HHS just unveiled 5 new value-based payment models. Here's what you need to know.

April 23, 2019

HHS on Monday announced an initiative intended to shift primary care providers and other eligible professionals from fee-for-service payments to value-based payments using five new voluntary payment models.

We're just 7 years away from exhausting the Medicare trust fund

April 23, 2019

Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund likely will be depleted in 2026, according to the trustees' annual report released Monday—an estimate that has not changed since last year's report.

Montana Legislature OKs bill to extend Medicaid expansion, add work requirements

April 22, 2019

Montana's Legislature last week approved a bill that would extend the state's current Medicaid expansion for an additional six years, and add work requirements.

How CMS is changing the exchange market for the 2020 coverage year

April 19, 2019

CMS on Thursday released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for the 2020 coverage year, which details the agency’s plans to lower total premium assistance and increase generic drug use.

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