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What your income means for your life expectancy

September 13, 2019


Americans with lower incomes are less likely to live into their 70s and 80s than those with comparatively higher incomes, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday.

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?

VA must pay for non-VA emergency care even if veterans have other insurance, court rules

September 13, 2019


A federal appeals court this week ruled Veterans Affairs (VA) must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care provided at non-VA facilities—a decision that plaintiff's lawyers estimate could cost VA billions of dollars.

Amid merger mania, this rural hospital stayed independent—and became a neurology hub

September 13, 2019


Despite warnings to join forces with a larger health system or face bankruptcy, Memorial Healthcare, a 161-bed rural hospital in Michigan, made the decision to stay independent—and it since has become a profitable hub for neurology.

Purdue Pharma proposes deal to settle more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits—but some states are holding out

September 12, 2019


Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, have reached a tentative settlement with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

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.

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