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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 much would a 'public option' disrupt health care? More than you might think.

December 6, 2019


In the Democratic presidential debates, public option health plans are being positioned as more "moderate" and less "disruptive" alternatives to single-payer proposals, such as Medicare for All—but what is lost in that framing is just how much public option plans would disrupt the current system, Margot Sanger-Katz writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

The White House wants hospitals to disclose their 'secret' prices. Now, hospitals are suing.

December 5, 2019


The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration that seeks to block a final rule that that requires hospitals to publicly post their insurer-negotiated rates.

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.

Federal exchange signups reach 2.9M, CMS data shows

December 5, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced that about 2.9 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which is down by about 10% when compared with the first five weeks of last year's open enrollment period.

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.

Federal exchange signups still lag behind last year, but are picking up pace

December 2, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced about 2.37 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which is down by about 2% when compared with the first four weeks of last year's open enrollment period.

Judge vacates criminal convictions against pharma execs in first-of-its-kind opioid case

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday partially vacated criminal convictions against former Insys Therapeutics executives in a first-of-its-kind case accusing the executives of contributing to the opioid epidemic.

Bad debt is rising again at nonprofit hospitals, Moody's finds

December 2, 2019


The amount of bad debt nonprofit hospitals experience increased in 2018 for the first time since 2014, in part because of changes to insurance benefit designs that are placing greater financial responsibility on patients, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

Judge blocks policy denying visas to immigrants without health coverage

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

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