In laying out the Trump administration's strategy for reducing drug prices, HHS Secretary Alex Azar suggested pumping up Medicare Part D by moving some expensive drugs out of Part B.
Samantha Huntley had been struggling with heroin addiction for several years. After a month of residential treatment, Huntley and her counselor called her mother to say the family's insurer, UnitedHealthcare, would not extend inpatient coverage.
Providers, advocacy groups and some policymakers are pressing for stronger enforcement of mental health parity laws. But congressional Republicans and Democrats disagree about giving the federal government more enforcement power.
There's been a drop in the number of foreign-born medical graduates applying for residencies in the U.S. at the same time as the country struggles with physician staffing shortages. Industry stakeholders worry the decline comes from recent efforts to stem immigration.
The Trump administration on Friday proposed a new rule that would prohibit federal funding for clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to clinics that offer such services.
President Donald Trump has nominated acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to lead the Veterans Affairs Department.
Both Republican and Democratic political observers see a narrow possibility for yet another Obamacare repeal drive this year, given intense pressure from conservatives and the urgent GOP need to fire up right-wing voters to maintain their control of Congress in this fall's elections.
The CMS has denied Ohio's request to become the first state to waive the individual mandate for health insurance coverage. Federal officials said the request did not meet guidelines to ensure that no one would lose benefits.
"We realize the VA Mission Act will be a new program and there will be growing pains. But we stand behind the ideals and concepts that the VA Mission Act promises our veterans," says Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni.
As House lawmakers try to loosen a controversial limit on residential treatment for opioid addicts, Medicaid reimbursement issues are getting wrapped into the bigger fight over how much Congress should chip away at the longtime provision.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a compromise VA Choice reform bill. Congress aims to send it to the president before funding runs out in May.
The CMS wants to consolidate several Medicare quality programs in an effort to identify the highest performing groups and have them scale their efforts under a contract that's worth up to $25 billion.