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Congress passes two-year budget deal, averting automatic spending cuts

August 2, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted 67-28 to approve a two-year budget deal that raises the U.S. debt ceiling, sets new federal spending levels, averts $125 billion in automatic spending cuts, and opens the door for negotiations on individual appropriations measures for next fiscal year.

How Harris' 'Medicare-for-All' plan differs from the rest

August 2, 2019


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday unveiled a so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposal that would allow private health insurers to offer Americans coverage modeled after Medicare Advantage plans.

Pfizer, Mylan reach deal to merge off-patent drug businesses into new company

August 2, 2019


Pfizer has agreed to separate and merge its off-patent drug business with Mylan in a deal that would form a new company responsible for the sales of common drugs such as EpiPen and Lipitor.

In the states: Arizona brings opioid case to US Supreme Court, California reaches largest 'pay-for-delay' settlements, and more

August 2, 2019


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

How CMS wants to change Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule in 2020

July 30, 2019


CMS on Monday issued a proposed rule to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program for calendar year 2020, which includes proposals intended to reduce physicians' administrative burdens and promote value-based care.

The highest- and lowest-paid doctors, charted

July 29, 2019


Modern Healthcare last week released its annual Physician Compensation Survey, which lists average annual compensation for 23 provider specialties.

CMS says it won't approve enhanced federal funding for partial Medicaid expansions

July 29, 2019


CMS last week rejected Utah's proposed Medicaid waiver request seeking enhanced federal funding for the state's partial Medicaid expansion, and the agency said it will not approve similar requests in the future.

How a first-of-its-kind bipartisan bill would address social determinants

July 29, 2019


A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would create a multi-agency council, as well as a $25 million federal fund, to address the social determinants of health.

Senate panel approves sweeping bill to lower Rx prices—but changes might be in store

July 26, 2019


The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 19-9 to advance a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, but the bill might face opposition in the full Senate unless it undergoes substantial revisions.

Senate will take up 'surprise' billing package after August recess

July 26, 2019


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's top Republican and Democratic members on Wednesday said the full Senate would not take up the committee's legislative package to address so-called "surprise" medical bills before Congress' August recess.

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