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Lawmakers could be headed for a showdown on Rx drug prices

December 10, 2019


Leaders on the Senate Finance Committee on Friday unveiled a new, bipartisan bill intended to lower prescription drug prices, and House Republicans on Monday announced a similar bill—both of which clash with a separate proposal introduced earlier this year by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

With opposition from industry, the future of surprise billing legislation remains uncertain

December 10, 2019


The White House on Monday expressed support for a new, bipartisan agreement to address so-called "surprise" medical bills, but the proposal's future is uncertain, as it faces opposition from the provider industry and has yet to receive an endorsement from congressional leadership.

Issues with Medicare Plan Finder leads to call for special enrollment period

December 10, 2019


A group of 15 senators on Thursday urged CMS to offer Medicare beneficiaries who have experienced issues with the recently updated Medicare Plan Finder tool an opportunity to change their coverage during a special enrollment period.

The 2019-2020 flu season so far, mapped

December 10, 2019


Between 1.7 million and 2.5 million people have contracted influenza so far this season, according CDC data updated Friday.

A 'deep rift' between Azar, Verma is affecting Trump health policy, sources claim

December 10, 2019


In an exclusive published late last month, Politico reports that a "deep" rift in recent months has emerged between HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS administrator Seema Verma that sources say has delayed some of the Trump administration's health care initiatives, including an Affordable Care Act replacement plan.

The healthiest (and unhealthiest) states, mapped

December 9, 2019


The latest edition of America's Health Rankings ranks how healthy each state is overall and in a number of subcategories. See how your state fared with our interactive map.

CDC data shows significant slowdown in new vaping-linked illness cases

December 9, 2019


CDC data updated last week shows the number of reported hospitalized cases of a lung illness officials believe is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping, dubbed EVALI, reached 2,291 as of Dec. 3—an increase of just one new case since CDC's Nov. 20 update.

Senate, House lawmakers announce a deal to fix 'surprise' medical bills

December 9, 2019


Three federal lawmakers on Sunday announced that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have reached a bipartisan agreement in principle on legislation to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that could be attached to a year-end spending bill.

More teens are using tobacco. See the rise, charted.

December 9, 2019


More than six million middle and high school students reported recently using tobacco in 2019, marking the highest prevalence of youth tobacco use since 2000, according to new data from CDC's annual National Youth Tobacco Survey—and e-cigarette use was a key driving factor.

'Silver loading' lowered premiums for some rural exchange plan enrollees, study finds

December 9, 2019


A recent Health Affairs study found that some exchange plan enrollees in rural areas paid slightly lower premiums than their urban counterparts in 2018 and 2019 because of a practice among health insurers known as "silver loading."

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