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One step forward, one step back in GOP fight against ACA subsidies

July 22, 2014 4:48 pm by | 0 Comments

In a world … Where circuits conflict .. RT @cghoseBiz1st: Coming soon to a political theater near you: #ACA and #SCOTUS, together again! — Noah Blundo (@nblundo) July 22, 2014…


Obamacare subsidies by the numbers – who gets how much?

Obamacare subsidies by the numbers – who gets how much?

July 22, 2014 9:17 pm by | 0 Comments

Via @CPearsonAvalere, a state-by-state look at how much premiums would shoot up if Halbig stands: pic.twitter.com/xURNRN0wS7 — Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 22, 2014 Today’s rulings about the legality of health…


Global disabilities treaty passes committee but faces a tough fight in the Senate

Global disabilities treaty passes committee but faces a tough fight in the Senate

July 22, 2014 6:09 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee voted on Tuesday to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, but the agreement faces a tough fight winning…



So a U.S. appeals court struck down some Obamacare subsidies — now what?

So a U.S. appeals court struck down some Obamacare subsidies — now what?

July 22, 2014 5:29 pm by | 0 Comments

Updated at 12:45 p.m. A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt…


Arkansas may become the next state to make Medicare members contribute to HSAs

Arkansas may become the next state to make Medicare members contribute to HSAs

July 22, 2014 12:51 pm by | 0 Comments

If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don’t may have to…


U.S. appeals court throws out key IRS rule for Obamacare subsidies

U.S. appeals court throws out key IRS rule for Obamacare subsidies

July 22, 2014 11:55 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out an IRS regulation that implements key Obamacare health insurance subsidies, returning the case to a lower court with instructions…


After TV sting exposes corruption in India’s health system, new leader vows to clean up

After TV sting exposes corruption in India’s health system, new leader vows to clean up

July 22, 2014 11:34 am by | 0 Comments

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has ordered an investigation into doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacks for referring patients for medical tests, following a sting operation by a TV…


CMS experiment tests the impact of eliminating ‘observation care’ penalties

CMS experiment tests the impact of eliminating ‘observation care’ penalties

July 22, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors…



Illinois approves use of medical marijuana for epilepsy treatment

Illinois approves use of medical marijuana for epilepsy treatment

July 21, 2014 10:52 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn,…


16K doctors petition against cumbersome new board certification processes

16K doctors petition against cumbersome new board certification processes

July 21, 2014 8:56 am by | 1 Comments

Many specialists are balking at what they say are onerous new rules to get recertified, warning the demands will force some physicians out of practice at a time when the…


Study: HPV test is better than Pap smear for cervical cancer screening

Study: HPV test is better than Pap smear for cervical cancer screening

July 19, 2014 1:11 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) may be the best way to know whether a woman is at risk of developing cervical cancer in the near…


CMS lifts pre-approval rule for most drugs for hospice patients

CMS lifts pre-approval rule for most drugs for hospice patients

July 19, 2014 10:52 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday backed down on restrictions of private insurance coverage for hospice drugs under Medicare, saying the regulations were preventing some terminally ill patients…


Healthcare.gov’s most wanted: A health IT firm that can keep the d@#^ site running

Healthcare.gov’s most wanted: A health IT firm that can keep the d@#^ site running

July 18, 2014 5:48 pm by | 0 Comments

Everyone knows that the “Obamacare website,” or HealthCare.gov, performed so badly at launch that it became a political Achilles Heal for POTUS. Well, the White House has just put up…


Low-cost health plans make some members feel ‘like a second-class citizen’

Low-cost health plans make some members feel ‘like a second-class citizen’

July 17, 2014 9:22 am by | 0 Comments

Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. Complaints about narrow networks with too few…


California thinks it can halve its backlog of Medi-Cal sign ups by August

California thinks it can halve its backlog of Medi-Cal sign ups by August

July 16, 2014 9:09 am by | 0 Comments

Responding to inquiries from federal officials, the California health department has released a plan it says will dramatically slash its backlog of Medi-Cal applications within six weeks. For months, the…


Even without expanding Medicaid, Texas sees 80K new enrollees

Even without expanding Medicaid, Texas sees 80K new enrollees

July 15, 2014 4:47 pm by | 0 Comments

More than 80,000 additional Texans have enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act last fall despite Republican state leaders’ decision not to expand…