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In Expected Move, Hospital Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Price Transparency Rule

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Almost immediately after HHS announced the rule, hospitals threatened legal action. On Wednesday, they filed suit. The rule would require the hospitals to reveal previously secret negotiations with insurers about the costs of procedures. The hospitals say the Trump administration is overreaching its authority with the requirement.

Biden Seeks To Set Himself Up As Fiscal Moderate With $3.2T Tax Plan To Help Pay For Health Care Initiatives

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Former Vice President Joe Biden pitched a tax plan that includes a more moderate corporate tax increase in contrast with his progressive rivals. Biden “is committed to being transparent with the American people about the smart and effective ways he’d pay for the bold changes he’s proposing,” his campaign said. In other news, “Medicare for All” continues to be a landmine for Democrats. How did it get that way?

Government’s Decision To Cut Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Paid Off For Rural Consumers

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A new study found that states that used “silver-loading” or “silver-switching” strategies to compensate for the cost-sharing reduction payment cuts offered lower premiums for subsidized enrollees. The Trump administration has solicited feedback on potentially banning silver-loading in 2021. In other insurance and costs news: bundled payments, penalties, health care sharing ministries and more.

Low-Profile Pharma Group Taps Into Fears That Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Bill Will Threaten ‘Thousands Of Good-Paying Jobs’

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A coalition that includes major drugmakers like Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson is running ads featuring workers in hard hats and hiring former labor officials and well-known union lobbyists to deliver their message. Many see the pairing between pharma and the unions as an odd one, because members often struggle with the high costs of drugs. Meanwhile, the White House contends that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug plan will hurt innovation.

FDA Nominee Advances Through Committee, But Concerns Over How He’d Handle Vaping Epidemic Linger

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Dr. Stephen Hahn is a noted oncologist from Texas and was nominated by President Donald Trump to replace former FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb. He would be stepping into the job as the F.D.A. is confronting several crises, among them, the continuing outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases. Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) both aired concerns during the vote about Hahn’s commitment to tackling e-cigarettes.

Biden Uses Health Care To Take Jabs At Rivals Warren, Buttigieg In Iowa

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Former Vice President Joe Biden says that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All” plan is out of step with what Democrats want and that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is riding the coattails of Biden’s public option proposal. Buttigieg pushed back on the accusations.

Glitch With Diabetes Monitors Drives Home Dangers Of Depending On Technology

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One of the selling points of these particular diabetes monitors is that they allow people other than the person with diabetes — like the parent of a young child — to receive alerts when blood sugar drops too low. But in recent days, those alerts stopped working.