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Thousands of people mistakenly think that if they have insurance, they can wait to sign up for Medicare Part B. Generally, insurance other than that provided by a current employer will not exempt them from Medicare’s strict enrollment requirements.
Opinion writers analyze efforts to revamp the federal health law.
Outlets report on health news from California, Ohio, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia.
A Department of Health and Human Services report finds that those patient safety efforts also prevented 3.1 million hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2015. In other news, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues an interim rule that takes aim at providers that steer patients eligible for Medicare or Medicaid into private insurance in order to receive higher reimbursement rates.
During the antitrust trial regarding the proposed merger between Aetna and Humana, this issue — and Aetna’s role in the Medicare Advantage market — emerge as key elements in the legal arguments.
Republicans’ plans to overhaul the federal health law are not expected to take effect immediately, so consumers can still sign up for 2017 coverage.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
The drug industry has been trying to gain control of the story — such as pledging to limit price increases — so that it can protect itself from attacks that might come from the incoming president. Meanwhile, some Republicans champion importing drugs to help cut down on costs and, following the EpiPen controversy, a watchdog agency reviews others in the drug rebate program.
Rep. Tom Price has received thousands in campaign dollars from the very companies and organizations that will be the most affected by his choices as the anticipated secretary of HHS. And KHN reports on five moves Price could quickly make that would have strong policy ramifications.
As a Republican congressman, orthopedic surgeon Tom Price introduced bills to protect doctors’ financial interests.
At the ongoing antitrust trial, Justice officials raise concerns about the ability of Molina Healthcare, the proposed asset buyer, to keep the marketplace competitive for private Medicare plans.
CMS releases the list of drugs that contributed to higher Medicare spending in 2015. Meanwhile, payers predict drug prices will continue to rise between 3 and 6 percent over the next three years.
In a letter to the president-elect, 21 senators remind him of his promises during the campaign not to cut spending for the two popular federal programs and question whether recent comments and postings on his website suggest a change of heart.
Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.
Republicans have been floating the idea to overhaul Medicare, while Democrats vow to defend it.
Opinion and editorial writers offer views on a range of health policy topics, including a look at the Aetna-Humana anti-trust trial in the context of Medicare privatization proposals and more.
In addition, the vice president-elect said Republicans plan to push legislation to move Medicaid funding to block grants for states to give them more flexibility. Also on Capitol Hill, Democrats are gearing up for a fight on GOP plans to overhaul Medicare, a fact checker questions some Democratic lawmakers’ claims about a veterans group, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seeks funding for a coal miners’ health program and negotiations break down on a child nutrition standards bill.
Opinion writers offer their takes on how efforts to repeal the health law could impact Medicare and Medicaid, how these policy directions could play out in the Republican caucus and in some red states, and what’s happening in the current Obamacare enrollment period.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has been making the case that changes to Medicare are urgent, but President-elect Donald Trump has said repeatedly he wants to protect the program, not overhaul it. Also, a dispute in Minnesota could keep some Medicare beneficiaries from the Fairview Health Services.
Opinion writers examine the health policy changes that area likely to come.