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SCOTUS hears oral arguments in census case that could affect Medicaid funding

April 25, 2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided on a case to determine whether the U.S. census can ask respondents about their citizenship status—a move some states and cities have argued would exacerbate undercounting of certain populations and jeopardize Medicaid and other population-based federal funding.

We're just 7 years away from exhausting the Medicare trust fund

April 23, 2019

Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund likely will be depleted in 2026, according to the trustees' annual report released Monday—an estimate that has not changed since last year's report.

Do workplace wellness programs actually lower costs? No, according to a new study.

April 18, 2019

Participating in a workplace wellness program encourages employees to exercise and manage their weight, but does not result in better health outcomes or lower health care spending, according to a study published Tuesday.

What 'Medicare for All' would really cost, according to 5 experts

April 17, 2019

Health reform and so-called "Medicare-for-All" plans are shaping up to be key issues in the 2020 presidential election, but it is unclear how these plans would affect U.S. health care expenditures. To get some answers, the New York Times asked a group of economists and think tanks for their projections.

Healthy food subsidies could save more than $100B in health care costs, research shows

April 17, 2019

Providing Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with so-called "healthy food prescriptions" could lower the risk of chronic illnesses and lead to billions of dollars in savings, according to a study recently published in the journal PLOS One.

Do you use a period-tracking app? You might be surprised where your data goes next.

April 16, 2019

Each month, tens of millions of women use menstruation- or pregnancy-tracking apps to log private details about their cycles, sexual activity, and family planning—and in some cases that data might end up in the hands of employers and insurers.

How MACPAC wants to change DSH payments, Medicaid drug rebates, and more

April 16, 2019

Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Thursday voted to recommend Congress change statutory language governing Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and eliminate a cap on Medicaid drug rebates.

Sanders just revised his 'Medicare-for-All' proposal. Here's what you need to know.

April 11, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday unveiled a new version of his so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation that would expand benefits under the bill to include long-term care coverage.

How are US residents handling mounting health care costs? See the answer, charted.

April 10, 2019

U.S. residents in 2018 borrowed an estimated $88 billion to pay for needed health care, according to a Gallup and West Health survey released last week.

How PBM execs want to reform the Rx pricing system

April 10, 2019

Executives from five of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday said they would support legislation to reform PBMs' current drug pricing system by increasing transparency and prohibiting PBMs from charging Medicare and Medicaid higher rates for prescription drugs than pharmacies.

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