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New report finds health care for persons with disabilities varies across city-wide

Emily Viles | Oct 10, 2019 | Arizona, California, Federal, Washington

US Sen. Lisa Murkowski on impeachment process

DJ Wilson | Oct 7, 2019 | Alaska, Federal

Poll shows that majority of Americans want Medicare for All, among other initiatives

Emily Viles | Sep 24, 2019 | Federal

In a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, 56% of registered voters said that they oppose a Medicare for All plan that would replace private insurance options. 63% of Democratic voters supported Medicare for All as an option to replace private insurance, outright.  Proposals like a Medicare for All option have...[ Read More ]

The uninsured rate has increased for the first time in a decade, data shows

Emily Viles | Sep 10, 2019 | Federal

US Census Bureau data released today demonstrates that the uninsured rate has increased for the first time since the ACA was implemented nearly a decade ago.  A year before the ACA was signed into law, the uninsured rate declined rapidly as health care became more affordable, and Medicaid was expanded...[ Read More ]

Trump Administration Announces $1.8 Billion in Funding to States to Continue Combating Opioid Crisis

| Sep 4, 2019 | Federal

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to continue the Trump administration’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and supporting near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis. The Centers for Disease Control...[ Read More ]

HHS proposes new rule to eliminate physician barriers to patient database

Emily Viles | Aug 28, 2019 | Federal

HHS is proposing a rule, issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), that would eliminate barriers to patient records as physicians treat those with substance use disorders. The new rule would amend 42 CFR Part 2, and is part of an ongoing push to cut outdated...[ Read More ]

"Don Quixote" goes to Washington, or how John Kitzhaber is trying to shape the health care debate

DJ Wilson | Aug 20, 2019 | Federal

The people in the room are hardened through experience, softened by red wine. They’ve come to the private dinner in Washington DC to hear from John Kitzhaber, Oregon’s three term former governor. He’s also one of the most thoughtful health policy leaders of the last half century. The wizened hope...[ Read More ]

CMS is Bringing Health Plan Quality Ratings to All Exchanges for the First Time

| Aug 15, 2019 | Federal

For the first time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will require the display of the five-star Quality Rating System (or star ratings) available nationwide for health plans offered on the Health Insurance Exchanges beginning with the 2020 Open Enrollment Period. This step builds on the Trump Administration’s...[ Read More ]

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