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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.

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.

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.

Massachusetts just enacted the toughest e-cigarette restrictions in the US

December 3, 2019


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that imposes new state restrictions on sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, in response to the growing number of youth using e-cigarettes and an outbreak of a vaping-linked lung illness.

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.

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.

Anthem Blue Cross plans sue HHS for $100M in risk corridors payments

November 27, 2019


Anthem Blue Cross health plans last week filed a lawsuit against HHS seeking $100 million they claim they should have been paid under the Affordable Care Act's risk corridors program.

In the states: Louisiana cuts 46K beneficiaries from Medicaid, a third judge strikes down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule, and more

November 27, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

BYU-Idaho will no longer accept students with Medicaid coverage—and Medicaid expansion could be why

November 26, 2019


Brigham Young University-Idaho this month suddenly announced that it will no longer accept Medicaid as an adequate health insurance option for students, meaning students who are covered exclusively by Medicaid either must purchase additional coverage or leave the school.

Medicaid work requirements are facing another legal challenge—this time, in Michigan

November 26, 2019


Three advocacy groups on behalf of four Medicaid beneficiaries last week filed a lawsuit seeking to block Michigan from implementing Medicaid work requirements that HHS approved last year.

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