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Trump signs drug rebate bill expected to save Medicaid $3B

October 8, 2019


President Trump last month quietly signed into law a bill closing a loophole in Medicaid's drug rebate program that critics say allowed drugmakers to underpay rebates to state Medicaid programs.

Buttigieg released his plan to lower Rx drug prices. Here's what's inside.

October 8, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday released a plan intended to lower U.S. prescription drug costs that calls for allowing federal officials to negotiate the prices of drugs covered by some public health plans, capping some U.S. residents' out-of-pocket costs for drugs, and more.

Trump admin will deny visas to those without health insurance

October 7, 2019


President Trump on Friday issued a proclamation that could deny immigrants' visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

White House claims drug prices are dropping, but experts are pushing back

October 7, 2019


The White House's Council on Economic Advisers on Thursday issued a report claiming the consumer price index showed prescription drug prices have decreased, but experts have argued the index inaccurately represents drug costs, in part because it does not account for the high prices of specialty drugs.

Trump issues executive order to expand private Medicare plans

October 4, 2019


President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that aims to expand private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, more closely align Medicare fee-for-service payments with MA and commercial plans, and implement other Medicare reforms.

Inside Walmart's plan to steer employees to high-quality doctors

October 4, 2019


Walmart on Thursday announced that, starting next year, it will test a program in certain markets that will financially incentivize employees to use doctors the company has determined are higher-quality than other doctors in the area.

Will cadavers in medical school soon be a thing of the past?

October 4, 2019


Cadavers have been used in medical education for centuries, but cost concerns and clinical limitations are leading some medical schools to stop using cadavers and instead use virtual reality.

House committee chair proposes new fix for 'surprise' medical bills

October 3, 2019


House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) in a letter sent Friday to Democratic lawmakers proposed to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by allowing the Trump administration and stakeholder groups to form a committee to recommend regulations for out-of-network bills.

What hospital ombudsmen really do (and why some patients hire their own advocates instead)

October 3, 2019


To navigate an increasingly complex and at times overwhelming health care system, patients are turning to hospital ombudsmen and private patient advocates to navigate their care.

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