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Alaska to receive $332 million in federal funds to lower health insurance premiums

| Jul 11, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Alaska’s State Innovation Waiver. The waiver stabilizes Alaska’s individual health insurance market, bringing in approximately $332 million to the Alaska Reinsurance Program over the next five years. “Health care costs are increasingly unaffordable for a growing...[ Read More ]

Community health centers receive $4 million in federal grants

| Jul 11, 2017 | Hawaii

Senator Brian Schatz announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding more than $4 million in federal grants to three community health centers in Hawaii. “With the national spotlight on health care, it’s important to remember the critical role community health centers play in providing care...[ Read More ]

OHA reports show Oregon hospitals remain financially stable under health care transformation

| Jul 10, 2017 | Oregon

Today the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released two reports related to the performance and stability of Oregon’s hospitals. Oregon’s hospitals are focusing on improving patient safety and the quality of care they provide, according to the third annual report of OHA’s Hospital Transformation Performance Program (HTPP). OHA also released the...[ Read More ]

Secretary Price Appoints Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., as CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator

| Jul 7, 2017 | Federal

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., named Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., as the 17th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). “Today, I am extremely proud and excited to announce Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as the new Director of the CDC,”...[ Read More ]

CDC’s opioid epidemic update: fewer but longer prescriptions

| Jul 6, 2017 | Federal

According to the CDC’s latest Vital Signs report, the number of opioid prescriptions has decreased each year since 2010 through 2015 in half of US counties. But prescription rates vary broadly by county, with six times more opioids prescribed per resident in the highest-prescribing counties compared to the lowest-prescribing counties....[ Read More ]

County by county analysis of current projected insurer participation in Health Insurance Exchanges

| Jun 26, 2017 | Federal

CMS has released a county-level map of 2018 projected Health Insurance Exchanges participation based on data as of July 19. The map shows a lack of options in many counties, and in some counties, no options at all for Exchange participants. CMS projects that 40 percent of counties nationwide could...[ Read More ]