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Under the existing Obama-era rule, health insurers cannot place arbitrary limits or restrictions on health services that help a person transition from one gender to another. The Trump administration says a judge ruled part of that rule is unlawful.
While Dr. Ronny Jackson is well liked by many, there are lawmakers who question his lack of managerial experience. “He’s got a great bedside manner you feel comfortable with,” says Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “But it doesn’t mean he will be a good leader of the VA.”
In a turnaround from previous elections, Republicans are ducking the topic that now fires up the Democratic base more so than the conservative one.
The lag it takes to get back on Medicaid can mean relapses or other serious problems for prisoners struggling with addiction or mental health issues. “On the outside, if they didn’t get their treatment, they’d come right back through the front door again,” New Hampshire Department of Corrections Superintendent David Dionne says.
The Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, has taken a tough stand against similar types of deals in the past.
Most people who are going with the fixed indemnity plans — which aren’t considered true insurance under the health law — are healthy and willing to bet they won’t be hit with high medical bills anytime soon. Meanwhile, Democrats on Capitol Hill have introduced a public option plan that, though it has almost no chance of passing at the moment, reinforces the party’s push toward more universal coverage.
It remains to be seen if the changes will be enough to appease the upper chamber, which blocked the budget during the regular session because it included Medicaid expansion plans for the state.
Backers of direct primary care, which is an alternative payment model that operates with a flat membership fee, want Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to incorporate the strategy into his new health care venture with JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway.
The company on Tuesday reported a first-quarter profit of $2.84 billion, and its revenue rose 13 percent to $55.19 billion. In a health landscape where lines are becoming blurred between traditional roles, UnitedHealth sees success for taking the plunge into different waters.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) met with Dr. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, ahead of a confirmation hearing next week. Privatization has become a hot-button topic when it comes to veterans health care.
The House Appropriations Committee passed the new version of the budget that includes a handful of amendments to woo Senate Republicans. The lawmakers in the upper chamber had blocked the budget earlier because of the House’s attempts to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Medicaid news comes out of Colorado, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida and Maine, as well.
After years of using the health law as a rallying cry with voters, Republican candidates are keeping quiet on the topic. “Yeah, we probably can’t talk credibly about repeal and replace anymore,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.).
While Minnesota Department of Human Services wants to close its books on the matter, some Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are pushing legislation that could force DHS to collect payments it’s owed by July 1.
The state lawmakers returned to Richmond for a special session to iron out problems with the budget, which had been stymied by what to do with the state’s Medicaid program.
The health law has gone through many changes in the past year or so; Modern Healthcare offers a look at the current state of affairs.
Modern Healthcare looks at the highlights of CMS’ final rule on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.
“It’s crippling our ability to deliver health care to our vets,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said of the personnel crisis.
Kaiser Permanente decided to jump-start its effort because of the huge effect of gun violence on its patients. In other news, officials in Ohio urge lawmakers to pass a “red flag” law to confiscate guns.
The scholars voiced their opinion as part of an amicus brief filed as part of a lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s changes to its Medicaid program.
The measure, which is backed by influential unions and opposed by providers, faces an uphill battle in the state Legislature.