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Amid legal uncertainty, Arizona halts plans to implement Medicaid work requirements

October 22, 2019


Arizona officials last week told CMS that the state is suspending its implementation of Medicaid work requirements amid legal uncertainty.

Why some Native American tribes are breaking with Indian Health Service

October 22, 2019


A growing number of Native American tribes are taking control of troubled government-run hospitals in an effort to improve care for their communities, but some are finding the turnaround is both slow and costly.

Sanofi pulls Zantac off the US market amid cancer concerns

October 22, 2019


French drugmaker Sanofi last week announced that it is recalling the common heartburn drug Zantac in the United States and Canada as a "precautionary measure," after U.S. and European health regulators linked the drug to a probable cancer-causing impurity.

J&J reaches $116.9M settlement in multistate case over vaginal mesh implants

October 21, 2019


South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson last week announced Johnson & Johnson and its medical device unit, Ethicon, have agreed to pay nearly $116.9 million to settle a multistate lawsuit alleging the companies deceptively marketed vaginal mesh implants.

FDA approves record-breaking 1,171 generic drugs in FY 2019

October 21, 2019


FDA last week announced that in fiscal year 2019, the agency approved a record high of 1,171 generic drugs.

Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill clears initial hurdles. But will it reach the Senate?

October 18, 2019


Two House committees yesterday separately approved House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States, but they made some key changes.

What 8 different Democratic health plans would actually cost

October 17, 2019


Federal spending would increase by up to $34 trillion over a decade if the United States implemented Democrat-backed proposals to expand the Affordable Care Act's subsidies, create a public health insurance option, or establish a single-payer health care system, according to a new report.

Rep. Elijah Cummings dies. Here's how he shaped health care.

October 17, 2019


Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a longtime advocate for civil rights and a leader in the Democratic caucus, died yesterday due to "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office confirmed.

Democratic candidates again debated 'Medicare for All,' but is that what voters want to hear?

October 16, 2019


Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president during Tuesday's primary debate touched on several health care topics, including abortion, the U.S. opioid epidemic, and so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals—but a recent poll suggests the candidates did not discuss the health care issues voters most wanted to hear about.

Medicaid work requirements need better oversight, GAO says

October 16, 2019


CMS is not adequately overseeing the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on administrative costs to implement Medicaid work requirements, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

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