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Due to its sheer size, sparse population and harsh environment, Alaska faces unique circumstances that aren’t really accommodated by the health law. In other news on the Affordable Care Act, new data details the rise in people covered, a CEO of a major hospital system in Chicago talks about the changes he has seen, NPR looks at pre-existing conditions and more stories.
A University of Southern California professor says conservatives and liberals should split the difference: Scrap the exchanges and expand Medicaid.
Part of the goal of the site is to get patients to shop around like they would with any other service.
The Health and Human Services Department regulation said that states and localities could not withhold money from a provider for any reason other than an inability to provide family planning services.
Outlets report on news from the District of Columbia, Indiana, Georgia, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Florida, Idaho, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Missouri, Maryland and Iowa.
The secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services says better payment options might help prevent doctor “burn-out.” Also, Medicare releases its data showing geographic differences in spending.
In a region where bears outnumber people, a small medical facility sets a modern example for rural hospitals on life support.
Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.
News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical drug pricing.
Ohio Republicans dismiss Gov. John Kasich’s call to raise the income requirements for families in a state program for medically fragile children, while legislators in Nebraska come in for criticism on plans to cut some state contracts with agencies helping foster families, and Iowa lawmakers weigh changes in the income tax forms that children’s advocates say could lead to more uninsured kids. Other legislative news from Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, Florida and Maryland.
The site will offer looks at the Department of Veterans Affairs process and will show if veterans are satisfied with wait times at clinics, a problem that has been plaguing the agency for years.
Such efforts have previously failed in the face of opposition from the drug industry, which questions their effectiveness and contends prices reflect research and development costs.
Opinion writers across the country take hard looks at various aspects of the health care system, from what’s happening with the congressional repeal-and-replace debate and state health insurance markets to confidence levels in health data sharing, cost and quality issues and a range of other topics.
“Patients don’t have an ability to negotiate,” said one supporter of the bill at a legislative hearing. In other news, lawmakers in Kansas expect new lottery revenues to help pay for more mental health facilities, and a Texas bill would criminalize cyberbullying.
Modern Healthcare looks at how the sky-high cost of medical care is putting an escalating pressure on providers to offer better quality treatment for less.
Opinion writers describe the puzzling nature of health care costs and medical decisions.
In other health information technology news, WellCare tests artificial intelligence systems designed to flag health problems and prescribe treatment plans. And senators will consider a bill that would let Medicare test more telehealth models.
The White House proposes reducing funding to major programs including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, help for aid organizations that provide family planning and other health services and contributions to the United Nations Population Fund. Meanwhile, experts are “very concerned” that the Trump administration is not prepared to deal with a pandemic outbreak, and an idea that all research should serve a national purpose sparks debate.
Amplifying the “patient voice,” those with the rarest afflictions are trained to become powerful advocates for new drugs and legislation that would help the industry.
Mientras los líderes republicanos se vuelven a organizar para reconsiderar sus planes de “derogar y reemplazar” el Obamacare, los defensores de la cobertura de salud universal avanzan con nuevos proyectos.