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Opinion writers weigh in on these public health issues and others.
Opinion writers weigh in on these health topics and others.
Opinion writers weigh in on these and other health issues.
CMS said it plans to use the feedback from the public input request to guide its proposed changes to the star ratings. The methodology currently used has garnered many complaints in the past.
Editorial pages focus on a range of health care topics.
A day after they were announced, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties filed legal challenges to block the Trump administration’s new rules aimed at denying green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. In their filings, the two northern California counties argue that the policy would “worsen” the health of their residents and increase public health risks. More lawsuits from other localities are expected.
The attorneys general of both states said they would seek to overturn the new federal rule in court. Meanwhile, some states say the regulations could have serious implications for state economies.
The rule would deny green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.
“Juul’s increased spending on lobbying and political donations is the latest example that the company says one thing and does another,” said Vince Willmore, vice president of communications at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The company, under fire from regulators and lawmakers, has been ramping up spending in Washington. In other news, the FDA is investigating seizures possibly linked to e-cigarettes and a study finds that quitting smoking can help even late in a pregnancy.
Senate Democratic candidates want to replicate the success of the midterm elections, where House candidates used protecting the health law as a winning topic. But the push toward a more progressive plan like “Medicare for All” could undermine that strategy. Meanwhile, opponents of a Medicare buy-in option say such a plan would hurt rural hospitals.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the decision should clear up “a lot of confusion” about coverage and will help patients get access to the novel therapies. The treatment costs $375,000 or $475,000, depending on whether it is used for advanced lymphoma or pediatric leukemia.
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“Under this plan, I have concern that access to CAR T won’t be universal,” said Jayson Slotnik, a partner at Health Policy Strategies. Some argue Medicare should pay for 80 to 100 percent of the pricey cancer treatment. In other Medicare news, CMS finalizes a long-requested wage index boost.
Editorial writers weigh in on the debate about the future of health care.
Opinion writers weigh in on these public health topics and other health issues.
Medicare is popular among its 60 million beneficiaries, but the program also has limitations, and it is certainly not “free.” The New York Times takes a deep dive into the federal program that’s such a hot topic of conversation in the 2020 race. Meanwhile, the support from moderates for a public option shows just how far the party has come on health care.
On the first night of the latest 2020 Democratic debates, front-runners and progressive Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) bore the brunt of the attacks over their health care plans, which were slammed by moderates as “fairy tale” policy. Warren and Sanders both stood their ground and avoided going after each other. “I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” Warren said. “I’m ready to get in this fight. I’m ready to win this fight.” Media outlets offer a broad range of coverage on the nuances of what was argued last night, including insight on middle-class taxes, private insurers, a public option, and a look at where each candidate stands on the issue.
Opinion pages focus on these health care issues and others.
The Washington Post Fact Checker blasts the claim. While President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget did propose reductions in anticipated spending on Medicare, it was completely unrelated to the tax cut passed by Congress in 2017. In other news, HHS Secretary Alex Azar suggests that Medicare Advantage plans could see pay boosts.
Editorial pages focus on the debate about the future of health care.