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Pelosi unveils bill to lower Rx drug prices. But will it pass Congress?

September 20, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday unveiled a highly anticipated bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States by giving the HHS secretary the authority to negotiate Medicare payments for certain drugs and establishing a drug price ceiling for the negotiations based on the prices paid for the drugs in other countries.

House approves stopgap spending measure to avert federal shutdown

September 20, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 301-123 to pass a stopgap spending bill that would fund the federal government through Nov. 21, including funding extensions for community health centers, teaching hospital programs, and more.

Inside Buttigieg's 'Medicare for All Who Want It' plan

September 19, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Thursday released his so-called "Medicare for All Who Want It" plan, which would create a public health plan that Americans could choose to opt in to.

Providers urge CMS to delay proposed radiation oncology bundled payment model

September 19, 2019


Provider groups are urging CMS to delay its proposed mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology, saying the model could lower investments in new technologies and equipment and reduce access to new types of care.

A federal judge struck down Medicare's site-neutral payment rule

September 18, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday vacated HHS' site-neutral payment policy that cuts Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

A monthly subscription to an air ambulance? Regulators say it might be too good to be true.

September 18, 2019


Some air ambulance companies are selling membership subscriptions that promise patients will pay no out-of-pocket costs if they use the transportation services, but state regulators—and some larger air ambulance companies—are skeptical of the memberships' no-cost guarantee.

Democratic debate round 3: Leading candidates still at odds over 'Medicare for All'

September 13, 2019


Democratic candidates vying for the 2020 presidential nomination sparred over health care in Thursday's primary debate, but did voters learn anything new?

CMS scrambles to add popular cost calculator back to Medicare Plan Finder

September 12, 2019


Federal officials are scrambling to update CMS' newly revamped Medicare Plan Finder tool after stakeholders and advocates raised concerns that the tool no longer allows users to calculate the total cost of each plan based on beneficiaries' specific medications.

The uninsured rate is up for the first time in nearly a decade, Census data shows

September 11, 2019


New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show the country's uninsured rate increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018, marking the first year-to-year increase reflected in Census data since 2008 to 2009, when the United States was at the highest point of the Great Recession.

How does Pelosi want to lower Rx prices? Leaked bill offers clues.

September 11, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as early as this week could release a bill to tackle rising prescription drug costs—and a summary of the bill obtained by media outlets suggests Pelosi is considering allowing HHS to negotiate drug prices for certain treatments and establishing a drug price ceiling based on the prices paid for the drugs in other countries.

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