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It could be hard for insurers to pull their plans off the market for next year, but most companies say they were prepared for the money to evaporate anyway and had baked the contingency into their 2018 premium increases. However, the industry is calling on Congress to fund the payments.
President Donald Trump also says he wants Democrats to “get smart” and “deal.”
Uncertainty over the payments to insurers has loomed over Congress for months, and senators have been trying to work toward an agreement to fund them. They’d so far been unsuccessful, but President Donald Trump’s decision to end the payments may force the issue. Meanwhile, lawmakers react to the White House move.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
Media outlets report on news from Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Ohio and Texas.
Medical services in California are under pressure from the wildfire crisis as doctors and nurses are impacted personally and professionally at a time when they are needed by residents coping with the air quality. Asthmatics and the elderly are particularly at risk.
The Virginia delegation is concerned about payments coming from the Veterans Choice program, which allows vets to receive care from private providers if they cannot book an appointment at their local VA facility within 30 days or access a facility within 40 miles of their home.
By moving more generic drugs into the marketplace, the Trump administration hopes to create more competition and lower-cost alternatives.
A new report from the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics finds that there is enough reason to review the actions of Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and how he may have used his office to benefit a private biotechnology company.
Outlets take a look at premium increases in the states.
After regulators questioned Anthem’s forecast for medical costs, the company agreed to reduce rate hikes on its individual and small-business health plans next year, saving customers an estimated $114 million.
Media outlets report on news from Minnesota, Michigan, Tennessee, California, Massachusetts, Ohio, Georgia and Oregon.
Loyola Medicine will buy MacNeal Hospital, and Tenet is looking to sell its other three hospitals in the city, as well.
The therapy uses patients’ own immune system to help fight the disease, but it can lead to dangerous complications. In other public health news: cervical cancer, the evolution of cells, stroke risks, high blood pressure, vaccines and more.
Michael Laufer’s latest plan involves developing a desktop lab and a recipe book meant to equip patients to cook up a range of medicines, including a homemade version of the expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, on their kitchen counters. In other news: an old FDA program is responsible for higher drug prices and lawmakers want more oversight over the 340B program, which allows hospitals to purchase drugs at a discounted rate.
The order is supposed to ease rules on small businesses banding together to buy health insurance and lift limits on the sale of short-term insurance.
Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.
News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.
Media outlets report on news from Illinois, New Hampshire, Oregon, California, Louisiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Georgia.
“Guns do not make individuals, their families, or homes safer and they result in far more deaths to loved ones than to an intruder intending to cause harm,” Dr. Howard Bauchner, editor in chief of the influential Journal of the American Medical Association wrote. In other public health news: obesity rates in children, epidurals, social media and young people, fertility and more.