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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?

Insurers to pay a record $1.3B in rebates to consumers, employers under ACA

September 12, 2019


Health insurance companies this month are expected to begin paying an estimated $1.3 billion in rebates across the individual, small group, and large group insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio requirement, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis published Tuesday.

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.

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.

Groupon is now selling CT scans. Is that 'bonkers'?

September 11, 2019


As the debate around health care prices continues, some providers are turning to Groupon to get new patients in the door with deals on health care services—a trend that has persisted despite the industry's efforts to move away from volume-driven care.

Novo Nordisk to launch lower-cost, generic insulin in US

September 11, 2019


Novo Nordisk on Friday announced that it will offer generic versions of its insulin drug Novolog at 50% of the drug's current list price in the United States, making it the last of the so-called "Big Three" insulin drugmakers to offer lower-cost insulin products to U.S. consumers.

The physician workforce is changing. See the trends, charted.

September 10, 2019


Medscape recently released its 2019 Young Physician Compensation Report, which shows how much doctors are paid at different ages, as well as the changing demographics of the physician workforce.

'Walmart Health' is opening this week. Here's what you need to know.

September 10, 2019


Walmart this week is opening a new, standalone health clinic in Georgia called Walmart Health, marking the company's latest push into the primary care market.

How insurers are moving to cover multimillion-dollar gene therapies

September 9, 2019


Major insurers are eyeing and developing new strategies to help employers cover the cost of gene therapies priced at millions of dollars per treatment.

He died of an overdose—after $110,000 in substance use disorder treatment

September 6, 2019


Sean Blake died of a drug-related overdose in August 2017, after nearly a decade cycling in and out of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs that cost his family $110,000—a story that highlights the flaws in the U.S. SUD treatment system.

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