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States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program leaves states facing difficult choices about who will continue to get health coverage.

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Under the practice model, called direct primary care, patients are charged monthly — typically $20 to $75, depending on age, in Graham’s practice — for basic, office-based medical care and frequently cell phone and other after-hours physician access.

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do pharma’s claims on drug prices pass the mell test? We found 5 stinkers.

Do pharma’s claims on drug prices pass the mell test? We found 5 stinkers.

Inventing, testing and launching a drug costs $2.6 billion, calculates the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. But industry substantially finances the center’s work. An independent study found the median cost of developing 10 cancer drugs was $648 million, while the median revenue per drug was $1.7 billion.

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Latest scandal too much for HHS secretary Tom Price. He’s out.

Latest scandal too much for HHS secretary Tom Price. He’s out.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday, amid controversy over his use of private jets for official and personal business.

September 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

Republicans want states to remake the health insurance marketplaces within their borders with less federal money to do it.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

Despite often-fierce industry opposition, a variety of bills are working their way through state governments. California, Nevada and New York are among those joining Maryland in passing legislation meant to undercut skyrocketing drug prices.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Congress’ cold shoulder sends shivers through community health centers

Congress’ cold shoulder sends shivers through community health centers

With four days left in the government’s fiscal year, Congress has not voted on reauthorizing billions of dollars now going to community health centers and other health programs for the 2018 budget year that starts Sunday.

September 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

The White House has long been expected to issue an executive order on drug costs. But leaked documents show that deliberations have focused on things the industry wants, such as extending overseas patents and changing a drug-discount program for hospitals, and not so much on lowering prices.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line. The program serves as a backstop for America’s scattershot health care system.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As more medical care shifts from hospital to home, families take on more complex, risky medical tasks for their loved ones. But hospitals have not done enough to help these families, said Dr. Amy Billett, director of quality and safety at the cancer and blood disorders center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital.

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More