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

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

New report shows variable vaccination rates by state

Emily Viles | Oct 4, 2019 | Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington

A new WalletHub report analyzes the rate of vaccination by state. The report looks at 18 different categories to determine which states are the most responsible when it comes to immunization.  WalletHub measured a number of different populations immunization rates, including children and teenagers, adults and elderly, and immunization uptake...[ Read More ]

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

Emily Viles | Sep 24, 2019

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

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 ]

HHS proposes new rule to eliminate physician barriers to patient database

Emily Viles | Aug 28, 2019

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 The new rule would amend 42 CFR Part 2, and is part of an ongoing push to cut outdated...[ Read More ]

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

| Aug 15, 2019

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 ]

Trump administration announces plan to import drugs from Canada

Emily Viles | Jul 31, 2019

This morning, the Trump administration announced it will begin the process of setting up a system for the importation of drugs into the US from Canada. The announcement follows months of consumer complaints regarding the high costs of drugs, and conversations with individual states regarding the potential importation.  “The landscape...[ Read More ]