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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.

'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."

US health spending growth accelerated last year. Here's why.

December 6, 2019


U.S. health spending growth increased at a faster rate in 2018 when compared with 2017, in part because the net cost of health insurance rose more quickly due to the return of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, according to a CMS report released Thursday.

How much would a 'public option' disrupt health care? More than you might think.

December 6, 2019


In the Democratic presidential debates, public option health plans are being positioned as more "moderate" and less "disruptive" alternatives to single-payer proposals, such as Medicare for All—but what is lost in that framing is just how much public option plans would disrupt the current system, Margot Sanger-Katz writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

The White House wants hospitals to disclose their 'secret' prices. Now, hospitals are suing.

December 5, 2019


The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration that seeks to block a final rule that that requires hospitals to publicly post their insurer-negotiated rates.

HHS launches program to provide no-cost PrEP to uninsured US residents

December 5, 2019


HHS on Tuesday unveiled a new program called Ready, Set, PrEP, which will provide uninsured U.S. residents with HIV-prevention medication at no cost as part of the Trump administration's goal to nearly eliminate new transmissions of HIV in the United States.

How Pete Buttigieg wants to tackle health care disparities

December 5, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Tuesday released a plan intended to combat inequality in the U.S. health care system.

Federal exchange signups reach 2.9M, CMS data shows

December 5, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced that about 2.9 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which is down by about 10% when compared with the first five weeks of last year's open enrollment period.

Why 541 local governments are ditching the class settlement to resolve opioid lawsuits

December 5, 2019


Hundreds of local governments in regions of the United States most affected by the opioid epidemic have opted out of participating in a novel legal mechanism designed to settle thousands of lawsuits that claim drug distributors and manufacturers fueled the opioid crisis, according to court filings released Monday.

How a tech startup allegedly pulled off a $1B fraud. (Hint: 'Big promises' and 'hot air.')

December 4, 2019


Founders of the startup Outcome Health used "big promises" to defraud clients and investors out of nearly $1 billion, according to a STAT+ report about a federal indictment made public on Monday and related charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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