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Shutdown averted: Trump signs spending bill with funds for FDA, IHS—and declares national emergency over border wall

February 18, 2019


President Trump on Friday signed into law a bill that staved off another partial government shutdown by funding FDA, the Indian Health Service, and other federal agencies through fiscal year 2019—and he simultaneously declared a national emergency in an effort to free up additional funding for fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Texas' plan to fight 'surprise' medical bills has yielded 'quick results' (but also a 4,000-case backlog)

February 18, 2019


As so-called "surprise" medical bills continue to shock patients across the nation, the Texas Department of Insurance has developed a program to help patients appeal their bills—yielding results for consumers but also creating a booming backlog of cases.

The House can intervene in lawsuit challenging ACA's constitutionality, judge rules

February 18, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the House can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality, but declined a request to expedite the case.

Medicare wants to revamp ambulance payments, aiming to prevent avoidable ED visits

February 15, 2019


HHS on Thursday announced the launch of a new voluntary payment model for emergency ambulance services—called the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) model—that would allow Medicare to reimburse first responders for care delivered on-site or via telemedicine, even if patients are not taken to a hospital.

Big hospital mergers lead to better patient care, right? Maybe not.

February 15, 2019


While many health care stakeholders argue that big, merged health systems "can offer better care at lower costs," research suggests that rates of mortality and serious complications might rise after a merger, according to Austin Frakt, a professor and director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.

In the states: Georgia seeks partial Medicaid expansion, Maine co-op asks SCOTUS to hear case on risk corridor payments, and more

February 15, 2019


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

'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.

Lawmakers look to fund FDA, IHS—and avoid another partial government shutdown

February 14, 2019


Federal lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a federal spending bill intended to stave off another partial government shutdown that includes funding for FDA, the Indian Health Service, and more.

Youth tobacco use is up—reversing decades of declines, CDC finds

February 14, 2019


Youth tobacco use in 2018 increased by the largest margin ever recorded by CDC in a single year—driven largely by an increase in the number of adolescents who reported using e-cigarettes, according to a CDC report released Monday.

Coming to iPhones: Veterans' medical records

February 14, 2019


Apple on Monday announced that it is working with Veterans Affairs to allow veterans to access their medical records on iPhones.

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