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Federal exchange plan signups are gaining speed, but still falling behind last year

December 13, 2018


CMS data show about 4.1 million U.S. residents selected federal exchange plans from Nov. 1, the first day of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, through Dec. 8, including 934,269 people who selected plans during the sixth week of open enrollment.

An incoming lawmaker raised concerns that vaccines might cause autism. (And he's a physician.)

December 13, 2018


Rep.-elect Mark Green (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday questioned CDC research discrediting the theory that vaccines cause autism and told constituents at a town hall meeting that "there is some concern" that the rise in autism rates is linked to vaccines—though he later said his comments were "misconstrued."

4.2M US residents could pay $0 for an exchange plan in 2019, analysis finds

December 13, 2018


A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis estimates that about 4.2 million uninsured U.S. residents who qualify for premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are eligible to enroll in bonze-level exchange plans that would cost them $0 out of pocket.

House Republicans propose ACA tax delays in year-end tax package

December 13, 2018


Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday introduced a year-end tax package that would delay certain taxes called for under the Affordable Care Act, but it is unclear whether the package will advance in the House and Senate.

House approves bills targeting Medicaid drug prices, maternity care, and more

December 12, 2018


The House yesterday passed several health care bills, including one that seeks to penalize drugmakers that overcharge Medicaid.

SCOTUS hears arguments in Rx drug patent case

December 12, 2018


The Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments in a case centered on whether confidential drug sales activate the one-year period in which drugmakers can apply for a patent.

'A giant step' or 'a disaster?' Why experts are split on the just-approved liver distribution policy.

December 11, 2018


The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing last week approved a new liver distribution policy intended to prioritize patients with the most urgent medical needs and reduce geographic disparities in the distribution of livers for transplant.

SCOTUS declines to hear case on whether patients can sue states over Medicaid funding

December 11, 2018


The Supreme Court denied requests from Kansas and Louisiana to hear cases regarding whether patients can challenge how states choose to allocate Medicaid funds—a decision that leaves in place lower court rulings barring the states from terminating Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood.

USDA to ease school lunch nutrition requirements

December 11, 2018


Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week said his department will publish a final rule that it will ease nutrition requirements for school lunches that were implemented under former President Barack Obama's administration.

Most cancer-related deaths are decreasing—so why are rates of uterine cancer rising?

December 11, 2018


While most cancer-related deaths are declining, deaths due to uterine cancer are increasing, and black women are "disproportionately" affected, according to a new CDC report.

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