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Trump’s HHS Choice: First a letter to Medicare. Then a campaign contribution.

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s HHS Choice: First a letter to Medicare. Then a campaign contribution.

By Christina Jewett and Marisa Taylor Kaiser Health News Tom Price, the Georgia congressman tapped for the nation’s top health job, pressed Medicare officials on a funding change that led to a windfall for the small biotech company run by one of his top campaign contributors, according to a document released under an open records […]

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Republican states look to customize Medicaid expansion, not eliminate it.

January 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Republican states look to customize Medicaid expansion, not eliminate it.

By Christine Vestal Stateline As candidates two years ago, the Republican governors of Kentucky and Arkansas swore they would do away with “Obamacare” if elected. But a funny thing happened between the campaign trail and the governor’s mansion: Reality set in. After promising to uproot Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, Republican Gov. […]

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Tackling patients’ social problems can cut health costs

January 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tackling patients’ social problems can cut health costs

By Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News HOUSTON — Donning a protective gown, rubber gloves and a face mask, Dayna Gurley looks like she’s heading into surgery. But Gurley is a medical social worker charged with figuring out why her client, a man who uses more health care services than almost anyone else in Houston, has […]

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Trump’s HHS pick favored drugmakers, device makers and doctors

January 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s HHS pick favored drugmakers, device makers and doctors

By Christina Jewett and Marisa Taylor Kaiser Health News As Cabinet nominee Tom Price faces a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, a newly released trove of documents sheds further light on how he interacted as a congressman with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the massive agency he may soon oversee. Letters provided by CMS after […]

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Price, author of long proposal to replace Obamacare, short on specifics in hearing

January 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Price, author of long proposal to replace Obamacare, short on specifics in hearing

Analysis By Miranda Yaver Lecturer in Political Science Yale University It is hardly unusual for Cabinet nominees to leave more questions than answers after their confirmation hearings. Yet for the millions whose lives hang in the balance depending on the future of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) answers were surprisingly vague on Jan. 18 […]

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Trump stays silent on health law in speech, then sets tone for repeal

January 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump stays silent on health law in speech, then sets tone for repeal

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has been considered the new Trump administration’s top priority. But you wouldn’t know that from the new president’s earliest speech. President Donald Trump’s brief inaugural address mentioned many of the issues he raised repeatedly on the campaign trail — jobs, immigration and […]

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Get covered and stay covered

January 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Get covered and stay covered

From Washington Healthplanfinder Now is the time for Washingtonians to take advantage of the coverage available to them through Washington Healthplanfinder. Washington Healthplanfinder will continue offering coverage to Washingtonians while discussions continue at the federal level. It’s important to know that any coverage purchased for 2017 will be good for the rest of the year as long as customers […]

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Fixes, not repeals, more typical for major legislation like Obamacare

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fixes, not repeals, more typical for major legislation like Obamacare

Viewpoint By John McDonough Professor of Public Health Practice, Harvard University The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, came closer to repeal as the U.S. Senate and House last week passed a “budget reconciliation” order to launch a formal legislative process that may lead to substantial repeal. Or maybe not. The stakes could hardly be […]

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When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

By Robert Faturechi ProPublica, Jan. 19, 2017 The $3 pill known as BiDil was already a difficult sell when a Georgia-based pharmaceutical company bought the marketing rights a few years ago. A treatment for African Americans suffering from heart failure, BiDil had never really caught on, forcing the drug company that developed it to take […]

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Costco agrees to pay $12M to resolve federal painkiller investigation – Puget Sound Business Journal

January 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Costco agrees to pay $12M to resolve federal painkiller investigation – Puget Sound Business Journal

Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle federal allegations of lax pharmacy practices related to controlled substances. The Issaquah-based retailer acknowledged that certain Costco pharmacies improperly filled prescriptions for controlled substances and kept poor records between 2012 and 2015, according to the settlement announced Thursday. Source: Costco agrees to pay $12M […]

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