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Spending in employer-sponsored plans reached an all-time high in 2017. Here's how employers are fighting back.

February 15, 2019


Spending in employer-sponsored health plans reached a record high in 2017, and the major cause was higher prices—not higher utilization, according to the Health Care Cost Institute's annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report released Tuesday.

'Medicare at 50': Inside Democrats' latest plan to dramatically expand Medicare

February 14, 2019


A group of House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow U.S. residents to buy into Medicare once they reach age 50, and would allow them to use Affordable Care Act tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies to do so.

Where Democratic presidential hopefuls Delaney, Klobuchar stand on health care

February 13, 2019


Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, recently discussed the details of his proposal to implement a universal health care system in the United States, as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week announced she is joining the swath of Democrats seeking the nomination.

Johnson & Johnson will disclose drug list prices in TV ads

February 12, 2019


Johnson & Johnson on Thursday announced plans to disclose the list prices of its prescription drugs in television advertisements—the most aggressive response yet from a drugmaker to a Trump administration proposal that would make such disclosures mandatory.

Democrats introduce bill to let Medicare negotiate drug prices

February 11, 2019


Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) on Thursday introduced a bicameral bill intended to lower prescription drug costs by allowing HHS to negotiate the prices of drugs covered by Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans.

In the states: California exchange officials call for a reinsurance program, Kentucky delays Medicaid work requirements, and more

February 8, 2019


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

As the US uninsured rate declined, more adults became underinsured, survey finds

February 7, 2019


The U.S. uninsured rate has declined since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, but the percentage of underinsured U.S. adults has grown, according to a survey brief from the Commonwealth Fund released Thursday. See the trends, charted.

Hospital prices are driving up health care spending for privately insured, study finds

February 7, 2019


A new study finds hospital prices are a primary driver of U.S. health spending growth among privately insured U.S. residents.

These 6 senators are asking hard questions about 'surprise' medical bills

February 7, 2019


A bipartisan group of senators this week sent letters to health care providers and insurers to learn more about their out-of-network billing and payment practices—a step toward potential legislation to rein in so-called "surprise" medical bills.

How Kaiser saved $8.6M with its 'Amazon Prime' for medical equipment

February 7, 2019


Health care facilities that need costly medical equipment often have the option either to buy the equipment outright or rent it, but Kaiser Permanente came up with an alternative solution that eventually led to an Amazon Prime-like ordering service that saved the health system $8.6 million in two years.

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