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HHS proposal would rescind Obama-era protections for transgender individuals

May 28, 2019

HHS on Friday issued a proposed rule that would roll back a regulation issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals.

Fewer US adults are dying of cancer—but more are dying of heart disease. See the trends, charted.

May 28, 2019

The percentage of U.S. adults dying of cancer is continuing to fall, even as the percentage of U.S. adults dying of heart disease is rising, according to a CDC report released Wednesday.

Coming to a shopping mall near you: Cancer care, mental health clinics, and more

May 28, 2019

A new generation of specialty health care services is entering retail spaces, as providers continue to shift away from high-overhead sites such as hospitals and toward offering lower-cost, more convenient care to patients.

How would single-payer impact health care costs and quality? It's not clear, CBO says.

May 24, 2019

Congressional Budget Office officials this week told House Budget Committee members that there currently are too many unknowns surrounding a single-payer health care system to determine how such a system would affect insurance rates and government spending, but any transition to single-payer would be "complicated."

Nearly half of rural US residents can't afford a $1,000 medical bill, survey finds

May 24, 2019

The draft bill from Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, includes a new proposal to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would require hospitals in a health plan's network to ensure all of their providers also are in the plan's network.

The best (and worst) states for health care, according to US News

May 23, 2019

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked health care in all 50 states, based on care quality, access, and public health metrics, and you can see how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive map.

States, localities sue HHS over 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 22, 2019

A group of nearly two dozen states and localities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and physician-assisted death.

The $753M question: What's Amazon got planned for PillPack?

May 21, 2019

Amazon in June 2018 announced that it was purchasing PillPack, a mail-order pharmaceutical supplier, but many questions remain about how Amazon will utilize PillPack going forward.

Doctors couldn't save this woman's life. Then, her 19-year-old daughter had an idea.

May 21, 2019

When 19-year-old Aliana Deveza learned that her dying mother's chances of finding a kidney donor were slim, she came up with a risky idea that saved both her mother's and another patient's life—and could change the way transplant centers conduct donations in the future.

CMS postpones CAR T-cell therapy coverage decision

May 20, 2019

CMS on Friday announced it is postponing a final policy decision that will outline how Medicare will cover CAR T-cell immunotherapies nationwide.

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