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How the Trump admin wants to enable states to import lower-cost drugs from Canada

December 19, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and draft guidance that together would allow states and drugmakers to import lower-cost versions of prescription drugs from other countries—though the proposals exclude certain high-cost and specialty drugs, such as biologics and insulin, that have been major concerns in discussions about U.S. drug pricing.

How HHS wants to overhaul organ donations—and promote more living donors

December 19, 2019


HHS on Tuesday released two proposed rules intended to hold underperforming organ procurement organizations accountable for performance and promote more organ donations from living donors.

Fewer teens are drinking, smoking, or using hard drugs. (But there's bad news, too.)

December 19, 2019


Fewer teenagers in 2019 reported drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and trying hard drugs, according to recent federal survey data—but the research also revealed some troubling trends.

How one simple letter from the IRS might have saved 700 lives

December 19, 2019


Notices that informed uninsured adults that they had paid the Affordable Care Act's penalty for being uninsured and offered them tips on how to enroll in health coverage might have reduced premature deaths, according to a working paper from three economists at the Department of the Treasury.

House approves FY 2020 spending deal with health policy changes

December 18, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted to approve two major spending packages that would allocate a total of nearly $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020.

Kentucky officially withdraws its Medicaid work requirements waiver

December 18, 2019


Kentucky's new governor, Andy Beshear (D), on Monday rescinded the state's waiver to impose work requirements and premiums on many of the state's Medicaid beneficiaries and signed an executive order to protect the state's Medicaid expansion.

Hospitals wanted to block 2020 site-neutral payment cuts. A judge just said no.

December 18, 2019


A federal judge on Monday rejected a request from the American Hospital Association and others to block site-neutral payment cuts to off-campus hospital facilities, which are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Congress just unveiled an FY 2020 funding deal to avoid a government shutdown

December 17, 2019


Congressional negotiators on Monday released a nearly $1.4 trillion spending agreement that would fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020 and includes several health care provisions—such as measures to permanently repeal three Affordable Care Act taxes, delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, raise the minimum tobacco purchasing age, and more.

After technical glitches, CMS extends open enrollment for federal exchange plans

December 17, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that it has relaunched and extended the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period until Wednesday, amid reports of technical glitches on HealthCare.gov that impeded users' ability to sign up for federal exchange plans.

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