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California Medicare for All is possible — now - VVdailypress.com

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:33

California Medicare for All is possible — now
VVdailypress.com
Of course, nothing transformational is ever easy. But political will, market reform and honest and public discussions are essential. None of which we have seen so far. “Band Aids and Scotch Tape” bills are meant to do only one thing: Delay a real ...

HHS Secretary Alex Azar names former MDWise CEO James Parker ... - Healthcare Finance News

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:50

Healthcare Finance News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar names former MDWise CEO James Parker ...
Healthcare Finance News
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has announced that James Parker will serve as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health Reform and director of the Office of Health Reform. In his role, Parker will address the cost and availability of ...
HHS secretary Alex Azar hires Indy insurance exec in key advisory ...Indianapolis Business Journal

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Louisiana gets $8 million in federal funding to fight opioid crisis - NOLA.com

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:37

NOLA.com

Louisiana gets $8 million in federal funding to fight opioid crisis
NOLA.com
Cassidy helped write the Cures law, which included his mental health reform legislation creating an HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use responsible for overseeing grants and promoting best practices. Louisiana has implemented ...

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The next big thing for Democrats: Medicare for all - Washington Post

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:18

Wonkette (blog)

The next big thing for Democrats: Medicare for all
Washington Post
When the Affordable Care Act was being created in 2009, many liberals who weren't too excited about the form it was taking hoped that eventually it could evolve into something more to their liking. They told themselves that the ACA's reforms may have ...
DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Promotes 'Medicare For Everyone'CT News Junkie
Dem senators introduce plan for 'public option on steroids'HealthExec
Democrats Have More Universal Healthcare Plans Than Republicans Can Throw Gramma Off A Cliff AtWonkette (blog)

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6 Surprising Things Health Insurance Doesn't Cover in America - HowStuffWorks

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:16

HowStuffWorks

6 Surprising Things Health Insurance Doesn't Cover in America
HowStuffWorks
Insurance and Medicare might cover short-term stays in skilled nursing facilities for rehabilitation purposes, but it won't pay for the type of long-term "custodial" care — dressing, bathing, feeding — most of us associate with nursing homes. For ...

Budgets Starting To Take Shape in Iowa Legislature Overtime - InsideSources

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:52

InsideSources

Budgets Starting To Take Shape in Iowa Legislature Overtime
InsideSources
According to Senate Republicans, their proposal accomplishes eight goals, which includes the funding of the 2019 Future Ready Iowa Act (which passed earlier this session) that requires $2.6 million in funding in 2019 and $18 million in 2020, as well as ...

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California insurer faces whistleblower complaint over health law taxes - OCRegister

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:57

OCRegister

California insurer faces whistleblower complaint over health law taxes
OCRegister
“Blue Shield appears to have skipped out on $89 million in health reform taxes in 2016, and it's poised to do the same every year going forward,” Johnson said. In July 2016, the San Francisco-based insurer made a significant change to its annual tax ...

Mental health, opioid crisis top Leonard's agenda - The Hillsdale Daily News

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:08

The Hillsdale Daily News

Mental health, opioid crisis top Leonard's agenda
The Hillsdale Daily News
Our state's broken mental health system is also in dire need of reform. I called this one of my top priorities right after I was elected speaker last fall, and earlier this year I created a bipartisan task force to travel the state talking to doctors ...

Azar Taps James Parker To Lead Initiative On Cost, Availability Of Health Insurance - Inside Health Policy

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:45

Azar Taps James Parker To Lead Initiative On Cost, Availability Of Health Insurance
Inside Health Policy
HHS Secretary Alex Azar appointed James Parker as his senior advisor for health reform and director of the Office of Health Reform to lead the agency's initiative to address the cost and availability of health insurance. Parker's career has been ...

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Health insurance reform heads back to governor - Daily Press

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:05

Daily Press

Health insurance reform heads back to governor
Daily Press
Rejection of the governor's amendment leaves open the threat of a veto of the health reform bills, but “I don't expect there to be any gamesmanship,” said Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. “Tommy” Norment Jr., R-James City. While the amendments may have ...

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HHS Hires Former Anthem Exec to Address Health Insurance Costs - HealthLeaders Media

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:55

HHS Hires Former Anthem Exec to Address Health Insurance Costs
HealthLeaders Media
In some ways, Parker's shift from a private-sector health plan to a government agency pushing for health plan reform resembles Azar's shift from the helm of Eli Lilly & Co.'s U.S. operations to the head of the federal government department overseeing ...

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AK Legislature passes few health policy bills - State of Reform

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:42

State of Reform

AK Legislature passes few health policy bills
State of Reform
As Alaska's Legislative Session continues, we have an update on health policy bills that passed this year. However, the Legislature has currently only passed 36 pieces of legislation, few related to health policy. The House has passed 64 bills, while ...

Murphy introduces legislation examining overdoses, patient privacy - New Haven Register

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:16

Murphy introduces legislation examining overdoses, patient privacy
New Haven Register
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., have introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure health care providers have clear guidelines about when they are allowed to tell a patient's family about a nonfatal overdose ...

California insurer faces whistleblower complaint over health law taxes - LA Daily News

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:56

LA Daily News

California insurer faces whistleblower complaint over health law taxes
LA Daily News
The whistleblower in the Blue Shield complaint is Michael Johnson, a public policy director at the company until 2015, when he left and became an outspoken critic of the company. “Blue Shield appears to have skipped out on $89 million in health reform ...

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California insurer faces whistleblower complaint over health law taxes - FierceHealthcare

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:18

FierceHealthcare

California insurer faces whistleblower complaint over health law taxes
FierceHealthcare
Some health-policy experts said they couldn't comment directly on Blue Shield's situation but were skeptical that flex-funded plans could avoid ACA taxes altogether. “If the full payment for minimum-premium plans are booked as premium revenue [by the ...

NHS reform: How many patients will benefit? - BBC News

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:55

BBC News

NHS reform: How many patients will benefit?
BBC News
A legal challenge to these health reforms is looming. Campaigners under the banner JR4NHS have argued that a contract being considered in two of the areas, creating what is known as an accountable care organisation, could usher in private health ...

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El Salvador Should Reform Country's Abortion Law To Improve Women's Rights, Health - Kaiser Family Foundation

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:52

El Salvador Should Reform Country's Abortion Law To Improve Women's Rights, Health
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Salvadoran Commission of Legislation and Constitutional Issues has the opportunity to vote on two reform proposals that would decriminalize abortion. … Both pieces of legislation, if passed, would allow women a better chance at life in El Salvador ...

Here's the Path Forward for Health Reform in 2018 - Heritage.org

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:30

Heritage.org

Here's the Path Forward for Health Reform in 2018
Heritage.org
1 issue voters want their elected representatives to address this year is the high cost of health coverage. Give Americans Real Relief. Americans need genuine relief that doesn't just paper over Obamacare's serious flaws, but instead opens a new path ...

3 states could have Medicaid expansion on the ballot - Healthcare Dive

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:44

The Heartland Institute

3 states could have Medicaid expansion on the ballot
Healthcare Dive
As the Kaiser Family Foundation noted in November, "little is known about the impact of retroactive coverage waivers on beneficiaries and providers." This state-level push and pull with the Medicaid program is where much of the healthcare reform debate ...
Research & Commentary: Expanding Medicaid in Virginia Would Not Improve Health Care Costs or OutcomesThe Heartland Institute

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