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Employer medical cost growth is flat. But it's still unsustainable, PwC report finds.

June 22, 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute finds the expected 2019 cost trend for the employer-sponsored health coverage population is in line with the 5.5% to 7% increases seen over the past five years, but remains "unsustainably high," leading to consumers paying larger portions of their medical costs.

Two states are going to sue the Trump admin over its association health plan rule. Here's why.

June 21, 2018

Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey (D) and New York AG Barbara Underwood (D) say they believe the Trump administration's final rule to expand association health plans "is unlawful and would lead to fewer critical consumer health protections."

Why health care stakeholders are worried about private equity deals

June 21, 2018

American Medical Association President Barbara McAneny says, "We have to decide whether the goal of a health care system is to increase profits, because private equity firms are selecting those parts of health care where they can see a profit because their goal is to make profit."

AMA urges regulators to block CVS-Aetna merger

June 20, 2018

American Medical Association (AMA) President Barbara McAneny says, "After very careful consideration over the past months, the AMA has come to the conclusion that [the proposed] merger [between CVS Health and Aetna] would likely substantially lessen competition in many health care markets, to the detriment of patients."

The latest conservative plan to replace the ACA is out. (But it's not going anywhere yet.)

June 20, 2018

The plan would redirect Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to states through block grants, repeal many of the ACA's consumer protections, expand the use of health savings accounts, and allow insurers to give discounts to consumers who are young or maintain continuous coverage.

Trump admin finalizes rule to expand association health plans

June 19, 2018

The final rule aims to expand access to association health plans (AHP) by broadening requirements regarding which types of employers are eligible to form an AHP.

The air ambulance industry is skyrocketing (and so are the bills)

June 14, 2018

The air ambulance industry is booming due to medical advances, hospital closures, and loose regulations, but the sometimes-lifesaving flights can carry five-figure charges that can often lead to protracted billing disputes for privately insured patients.

Treating patients in low-cost settings saves money. But does it risk lives?

June 14, 2018

Care delivery is shifting away from high-intensity settings and toward low-intensity settings, but experts moving patients toward the lowest-intensity setting might put them at risk in some instances.

The Trump admin wants to strike down ACA consumer protections. Some Republicans (and physician groups) are pushing back.

June 13, 2018

Some Republican policymakers and six of the United States' largest physician groups are pushing back against the Trump administration's argument that a federal court should strike the Affordable Care Act's protections for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions in a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.

Azar: The 'massive' Rx drug price cuts pledged by Trump aren't coming yet

June 13, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar in testimony appears to walk back President Trump's comments regarding looming prescription drug price cuts—and continues his criticism of proposals to import drugs from other countries.

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