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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.

Nearly 700,000 adults could lose food stamps under new rule

December 6, 2019


The Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that will strengthen work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—a move that experts say could eliminate SNAP benefits for 688,000 adults.

Virginia governor hits pause on state's Medicaid work requirement plans

December 6, 2019


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Wednesday announced the state is dropping efforts to approve work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries after Democrats last month won control of the state legislature, making it the latest state to "pause" work requirements amid challenges to the program.

Duke performs America's first adult heart donation after circulatory death

December 6, 2019


Doctors at Duke University Hospital have performed the country's first-ever adult heart transplant through a process called donation after circulatory death, and one of the surgeons involved says the process could expand the heart transplant donor pool by as much as 30%.

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.

HHS launches program to provide no-cost PrEP to uninsured US residents

December 5, 2019


HHS on Tuesday unveiled a new program called Ready, Set, PrEP, which will provide uninsured U.S. residents with HIV-prevention medication at no cost as part of the Trump administration's goal to nearly eliminate new transmissions of HIV in the United States.

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 a tech startup allegedly pulled off a $1B fraud. (Hint: 'Big promises' and 'hot air.')

December 4, 2019


Founders of the startup Outcome Health used "big promises" to defraud clients and investors out of nearly $1 billion, according to a STAT+ report about a federal indictment made public on Monday and related charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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