23 Dec 2019

TEXAS GETTING STRONGEST U.S. LAW AGAINST SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

  By Ashley Lopez   It appears Texas will get one of the strongest laws in the nation against surprise medical bills after all. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, waverein November  when the Texas Medical Board drafted the rules for its implementation. The board, made up of healthcare

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19 Dec 2019

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN PORTION OF OBAMACARE

By  Julie Rovner   A federal appeals court panel in New Orleans dealt another blow to the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, agreeing with a lower-court judge that the portion of the health law requiring most people to have coverage is unconstitutional now that Congress has eliminated the tax penalty that

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17 Dec 2019

SURPRISING SWINGS IN MOMENTUM FOR LEGISLATION ON SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

    By Rachel Bluth After months of hearings and negotiations, millions of dollars in attack ads, full-court press lobbying efforts and countless rounds of negotiations, Congress appeared to be moving toward a solution to the nation’s surprise medical bill problem. Sort of. Surprise bills, the often-exorbitant medical bills that come

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07 Dec 2019

Ra Medical Systems Receives NYSE Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule Notification

Ra Medical Systems Inc., a medical device company focusing on commercializing excimer laser systems to treat vascular and dermatological diseases,  announced that on Dec. 4  it received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange  that it is not in compliance with a NYSE continued listing requirement for maintaining an

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13 Nov 2019

CMS VERMA ATTACKS CRITICS OF MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENT, PUSHES FOR TIGHTER ELIGIBILITY

By Phil Galewitz Seema Verma, the Trump administration’s top Medicaid official, Nov. 12  sharply attacked critics of her plan to force some Medicaid enrollees to work, a policy that led to thousands of people losing coverage in Arkansas. “We cannot allow those who prefer the status quo to weaponize the legal

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12 Nov 2019

TRUMP PROPOSES HISTORIC STEPS TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT AND FISCAL INTEGRITY OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM

  The Trump Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking Nov. 12 to strengthen the fiscal integrity of the Medicaid program and help ensure that state supplemental payments and financing arrangements are transparent and consistent with all applicable statutory requirements. The

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12 Nov 2019

SOME ACADEMICS QUIETLY TAKE SIDE JOBS HELPING TOBACCO COMPANIES IN COURT

  By Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio   In 1998, major reached a historic legal settlement with states that had sued them over the health care costs of smoking-related illnesses. But individual smokers have continued to sue, and to this day the tobacco industry remains tied up in hundreds of court

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29 Oct 2019

NOTHING BUT NET: MARK CUBAN LOOKING FOR NEW WAY TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE

  Dallas Maverick basketball owner Mark Cuban surprised attendees at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas in October with a thoughtful approach to a new business model to pay for healthcare. Serial investor, TV personality and Dallas Mavericks’ owner Cuban wants to use his own efforts to replace many of the core

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04 Sep 2019

TRUMP’S‘PHENOMENAL’ HEALTH PLAN: WHAT MIGHT THAT LOOK LIKE?

By Julia Appleby   While many Capitol Hill Republicans want to avoid a repeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, President Donald Trump keeps promising a health plan that will be “phenomenal” and make the GOP “the party of health care.” Last month, Medicare chief Seema Verma said, “We’re actively

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27 Aug 2019

PHARMA CASH ROLLS INTO CONGRESS TO DEFEND AN EMBATTLED INDUSTRY

  By Emmarie Huetteman, Jay Hancock and Elizabeth Lucas   In the heat of the most ferocious battle over drug prices in years, pharmaceutical companies are showering U.S. senators with campaign cash as sweeping legislation heads toward the floor. In the first six months of this year alone, political action

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