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House approves Pelosi's Rx pricing bill, rejects GOP alternative

December 13, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 230-291 to pass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill intended to lower prescription drug prices in the United States, and voted 201-223 to reject a bill introduced by House Republicans that was intended to serve as an alternative to Pelosi's measure.

Are these 5 types of medical billing 'fraud by any other name'?

December 13, 2019


Elisabeth Rosenthal, a physician and editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, in a New York Times opinion piece recalls her husband's recent experience navigating the U.S. health care system and argues that "[m]uch of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector."

CBO: Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill would save feds a net $5B—and slow down drug development

December 12, 2019


A provision in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) drug pricing bill that would allow the HHS secretary to negotiate prescription drug prices would save the federal government about $456 billion from 2020-2029, but the bill would raise federal spending in other areas, according a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.

1 in 4 Americans have delayed care due to cost. (But many are still happy with their health care.)

December 11, 2019


A record number of U.S. adults say they have put off receiving medical care due to cost, yet many say they are satisfied with their overall costs for health care, according to Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare poll.

The healthiest (and unhealthiest) states, mapped

December 9, 2019


The latest edition of America's Health Rankings ranks how healthy each state is overall and in a number of subcategories. See how your state fared with our interactive map.

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 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.

How Vermont wants to import Rx drugs from Canada

December 4, 2019


Vermont last week became the second state to submit to HHS a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada, as President Trump in recent weeks has reiterated his intention to allow states to do so.

FDA is approving more generic drugs than ever. So why can't consumers buy them?

November 26, 2019


FDA in recent years has approved a record number of generic drugs to treat cancer, heart conditions, and other diseases, but many patients do not have access to the lower-cost treatments and are forced to rely on higher-cost, brand-name drugs.

Tennessee submitted its controversial request for block-grant Medicaid funding. Will CMS approve it?

November 22, 2019


Tennessee this week formally submitted to CMS a controversial Medicaid waiver proposal to convert the state's Medicaid financing structure from an open-ended federal funding system into a block-grant system—a proposal that is widely supported by conservatives but is likely to face legal challenges if approved.

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