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Medicare for All Congressional Budget Office report

Emily Viles | May 2, 2019 | Federal

Medicare for All bill gets first hearing on Capitol Hill

Emily Viles | Apr 30, 2019 | Federal

Poll reveals Americans want federal protections from surprise medical bills

Emily Viles | Apr 25, 2019 | Federal

On Wednesday, a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a majority of Americans want federal government protections against surprise medical bills. Surprise medical billing occurs most often when an individual is transported to an emergency room by an out-of-network ambulance, when an emergency room is outside of...[ Read More ]

CMS finalizes rules to allow expansion of telehealth services

Marjie High | Apr 9, 2019 | Federal

CMS finalized proposed rules this week that will allow Medicare Advantage plans to expand telehealth benefits covered in plans by 2020. Prior to this year, Medicare enrollees could receive only limited telehealth services and only if they lived in rural areas. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, sought to loosen...[ Read More ]

FAIR Health white paper details trends in alternative places of care

Emily Boerger | Apr 9, 2019 | Federal

National nonprofit FAIR Health recently released its second annual white paper, detailing trends in place of service for health care and changes in the growth of procedure charges. While price growth was relatively consistent with last year’s data, the new white paper shows an increase in utilization of new venues...[ Read More ]

Use our stuff. Seriously, go ahead

DJ Wilson | Mar 25, 2019 | Federal

As we build into a new model of policy journalism for the digital age, we’re learning there are new rules for the world that aren’t yet written down in many text books or taught in many journalism courses. The digital age is different than the printing press age. So, how...[ Read More ]

CMS requests information on cross-state insurance purchasing

Marjie High | Mar 7, 2019 | Federal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information (RFI) this week that solicits recommendations on how facilitate the sale health insurance coverage across state lines. The RFI comes in the wake of President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Executive Order, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across...[ Read More ]

Senate pharmaceutical hearings: a run-down of emerging themes

Marjie High | Feb 28, 2019 | Federal

U.S. Senators shined a light on drug pricing this week as the CEOs of Pfizer, Merck, AbbVie, AstraZeneca, and other large pharmaceutical companies appeared before the Senate Finance Committee.  The hearings have been widely covered, and we've noticed some emerging themes. We’ve curated a run-down of the best reporting of...[ Read More ]

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