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Congress passes spending bill that repeals ACA taxes, raises tobacco-buying age to 21

December 20, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted to send President Trump two major spending packages to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2020 that include several health care provisions, such as eliminating three Affordable Care Act taxes and raising the federal minimum tobacco-purchasing age to 21.

Democratic presidential candidates wrap up 2019 debates with clash over Medicare for All

December 20, 2019


Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president during Thursday's primary debate again clashed over so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals—closing out the final debate of this year with a topic that has dominated the Democratic presidential primary debates so far.

How Bloomberg, Yang want to reform the US health care system

December 20, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who are among the candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, this week released their respective health reform plans.

Why millions of Americans' sleep apnea goes undiagnosed—and untreated

December 20, 2019


Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, but for many, proper diagnosis and treatment are out of reach, Austin Fraktwho holds positions at Veterans Affairs, Boston University's School of Public Health, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Healthand Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, write for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

How the Trump admin wants to enable states to import lower-cost drugs from Canada

December 19, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and draft guidance that together would allow states and drugmakers to import lower-cost versions of prescription drugs from other countries—though the proposals exclude certain high-cost and specialty drugs, such as biologics and insulin, that have been major concerns in discussions about U.S. drug pricing.

House approves FY 2020 spending deal with health policy changes

December 18, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted to approve two major spending packages that would allocate a total of nearly $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020.

Hospitals wanted to block 2020 site-neutral payment cuts. A judge just said no.

December 18, 2019


A federal judge on Monday rejected a request from the American Hospital Association and others to block site-neutral payment cuts to off-campus hospital facilities, which are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Congress just unveiled an FY 2020 funding deal to avoid a government shutdown

December 17, 2019


Congressional negotiators on Monday released a nearly $1.4 trillion spending agreement that would fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020 and includes several health care provisions—such as measures to permanently repeal three Affordable Care Act taxes, delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, raise the minimum tobacco purchasing age, and more.

The national suicide prevention-hotline is closer to getting a 3-digit dialing code

December 17, 2019


The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve a proposal to create a three-digit dialing code for the United States' suicide-prevention hotline.

FDA approves 1st fully disposable duodenoscope

December 17, 2019


FDA on Friday approved the first fully disposable duodenoscope, which is designed to eliminate the potential risk of infection that is tied to reusable scopes.

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