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Rural Hospitals Still Face Continuing Difficulties

KHN Morning Briefing

Even though the Capitol Hill repeal-and-replace debate — and its proposed funding cuts — has quieted, worries persist about the future capacity of these facilities to provide services. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, examines the dangers of childbirth in rural America.

House Expected To Hold Hearings On ‘Right-To-Try’ Bill That Senator Tied To FDA Funding

KHN Morning Briefing

The Senate quickly passed the bill that would allow dying patients access to experimental drugs after Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) had threatened to slow down consideration of a separate bill to renew the FDA’s fee-collection authority. In other drug industry news, the FDA is implementing new rules about hiring foreign scientists, industry tightens controls to keep out counterfeit drugs, cancer trials are low on patients and costs of old drugs rising quickly for Medicaid.

Early Look At Premiums For Marketplace Plans Show Wide Variability

KHN Morning Briefing

The price changes in 21 cities range from an increase of 49 percent to a decrease of 5 percent. Elsewhere, news outlets examine insurance companies’ efforts to get lawmakers to drop the health law’s tax on plans, some health organizations propose fixes for the law, Oscar’s plans for Tennessee, Ambetter’s decision to stay in the New Hampshire marketplace and other topics.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ No Vacation For Insurers

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Sarah Kliff of, and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss the state of the individual health insurance markets in the wake of the failure (for now) of Congress’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare’s Observation Care Policy More Likely To Affect Low-Income Seniors

KHN Morning Briefing

A new study finds that low-income patients are more likely to be kept in the hospital under observation, and the higher out-of-pocket spending that accompanies not being officially admitted is a bigger burden for them. Also in the news, long-term care hospitals are pressing Medicare for a change that may cut their reimbursement rates.

N.C. Releases Plan For Restructuring Medicaid, Improving Physical And Mental Health Care

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The details lay out how the state will move from a fee-for-service program to managed care. Among other Medicaid developments are news accounts on the head of Oregon’s program resigning at the governor’s request, doctors at California’s UC Davis Medical Center saying the hospital’s decision to refuse to accept Medicaid payments has hurt vulnerable patients and health care providers complaining about Colorado’s new billing system.

U.S. News Releases 2017 Rankings For Hospitals

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In other news, a hospital system in Houston adds more facilities while a group of physicians who are hospitalists are seeking to expand beyond Maryland.