Healthcare Reform and the ACA News

 
 
  • Surgeon General Nominee Breezes Through Senate Hearing In addition to Jerome Adams, MD, for surgeon general, the Senate HELP Committee is considering Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, for "mental health czar."
  • U.S. Senate Too Divided to Keep Up Healthcare Push -Senator Hatch U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said on Monday that senators for now are too divided to keep working on healthcare overhaul legislation and that he and other senior Republicans will take that message to the White House.
  • Trump Aims at Insurers in Battle Over Healthcare Subsidies U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday took aim at the nation's health insurers in an escalating threat to cut the healthcare subsidy payments that make Obamacare plans affordable, one day after urging Republican senators to continue working to undo his Democratic predecessor's healthcare law.
  • Insurers to Fill Obamacare Gaps in Ohio's Individual Market Five health insurance companies in Ohio, including Molina Healthcare Inc, have stepped up to sell health plans in 19 counties that would have been without Obamacare individual coverage in 2018, the state's insurance regulator said on Monday.
  • Trump Tells Republicans to Get Back on U.S. Healthcare Bill U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his administration on Sunday goaded Republican senators to stick with trying to pass a healthcare bill, after the lawmakers failed spectacularly last week to muster the votes to end Obamacare.
  • Hundreds of U.S. Counties at Risk for No Obamacare Insurer in 2018 With Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare in disarray, hundreds of U.S. counties are at risk of losing access to private health coverage in 2018 as insurers consider pulling out of those markets in the coming months.
  • U.S. Republicans Try to Pick Up the Pieces After Healthcare Defeat The seven-year Republican quest to scrap Obamacare, a major campaign vow by President Donald Trump, lay in ruins on Friday after the Senate failed to dismantle the healthcare law, with congressional leaders now planning to move on to other matters.
  • No Evidence Stopping Antibiotics Early Increases Resistance Experts in infectious diseases are advising physicians to reconsider advising patients to complete their course of antibiotics.
  • Anthem May Exit More Individual Markets Over Obamacare Funding Anthem Inc said it may leave more individual Obamacare markets due to uncertainty about the potential repeal of the healthcare law and subsidies that make the plans affordable for millions of Americans.
  • Senate Votes Down 'Skinny' Repeal of ACA For the third time this week, Senate Republicans failed to undo the signature legislation of the Obama administration.
  • Alert ACA Repeal-Only Bill Fails in Senate For the second time within 24 hours, the Senate rejected a Republican bill to undo the Affordable Care Act.
  • Patients Getting Hit by Out-of-Network ED Physician Bills Yale researchers attribute the widespread practice to the growth in hospital outsourcing to ED management companies.
  • Price Transparency in Medicine Faces Stiff Opposition Two years after it passed unanimously in Ohio's state Legislature, a law meant to inform patients what health care procedures will cost is in a state of suspended animation.
  • Senate Rejects GOP Plan to Repeal, Replace ACA The defeat of the Better Care Reconciliation Act came just hours after Senate Republicans won a dramatic vote to begin debate on legislation to undo the ACA. But the debate's not over.
  • Accountable Care Organizations Don’t Always Boost Medication Adherence Although accountable care organizations (ACOs), established in Medicare under the Affordable Care Act, are showing success in some areas, they've had little impact on medication adherence in diabetics and patients with cardiovascular disease, according to a retrospective study.
  • U.S. Abortion Support Groups Put on More Public Face Patricia Canon drives poor rural Kentucky women to distant abortion clinics each week, part of a national army of volunteers who are growing bolder even as abortion foes ratchet up opposition to the activists they have branded as "accomplices to murder."
  • Senate Votes to Debate, Redo ACA Repeal Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), recently diagnosed with brain cancer, interrupted his recovery from an emergency craniotomy for removal of a blood clot to help his party win the pivotal vote.
  • Despite ACA Coverage, Cancer Patients Still Struggle to Pay Despite expanded coverage and annual caps, cancer patients still struggle with significant financial challenges that are primarily due to out-of-pocket expenses.
  • U.S. Senate Republicans Complain of Disarray in Healthcare Effort U.S. Senate Republicans, scolded by President Donald Trump for failing to overturn Obamacare, tried to salvage their seven-year effort for a new healthcare law on Thursday, but leading senators indicated frustration over shifting goal posts.
  • White House Developing Comprehensive Biosecurity Strategy - Official The Trump administration is developing the first comprehensive strategy to defend the United States against disease pandemics and biological attacks by terrorists, the top White House homeland security official said on Thursday.