Government & Policy

HHS Secretary Tom Price called the American Health Care Act "much better than what's out there now," and said it will give every single American affordable insurance. 

By Tom Sullivan 09:01 am March 16, 2017
The Health and Human Services head contended Americans want the administration to grant more control over Medicaid to states and drive down costs so people can afford the coverage they want. 
Russian officers Yahoo hacking

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the United States will vigorously prosecute cyberattackers.

By Bernie Monegain 12:59 pm March 15, 2017
A grand jury indicted two Russian Federal Security Service officers, a Russian resident and a Kazakh national for directing, aiding and paying criminal hackers.
Trump FDA pick Gottlieb
By Susan Morse 09:08 am March 15, 2017
Scott Gottlieb, who served in the FDA under President George W. Bush, is a board member on several big pharma companies and an investor in medical startups. 
Medicaid expansion Harvard economist

Katherine Baicker of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said that Americans with insurance coverage are better off but there is no way to expand Medicaid and reduce costs. 

By Bill Siwicki 08:07 am March 15, 2017
Expanding Medicaid coverage in Oregon increased the use of care services and improved overall health while diminishing financial strain on patients. Here’s what healthcare executives and policymakers around the country can learn from the experiment.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma

By Henry Powderly 12:13 pm March 14, 2017
The consultant, a close ally of Vice President Mike Pence from their days in Indiana, replaces former CMS chief Andy Slavitt, who has been an outspoken opponent of Republican proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act.
NewYork-Presbyterian CEO Steven Corwin

NewYork-Presbyterian CEO Steven Corwin explained that America has to decide if healthcare is a right or a privilege. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:43 am March 14, 2017
Corwin calls for keeping the individual mandate and taking care of poor people to help the insurance market function.
Democrats CBO GOP health plan

HHS Secretary Tom Price downplayed the Congressional Budget Office projections about the American Health Care Act. But Democrats and industry associations spoke out against the legislation. 

By Jack McCarthy 08:54 am March 14, 2017
Congressional Budget Office estimate that the Republican plan would save $337 billion but leave 24 million uninsured sparks federal debate about who the bill would really help. 
House bill genetic tests
By Jessica Davis 12:03 pm March 13, 2017
The HR1313 bill passed 22-17 would penalize employees unwilling to share genetic testing information when participating in wellness programs.
Cedars-Sinai PCORI opioid
By Bernie Monegain 11:49 am March 10, 2017
Researchers will use the funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to employ pharmaceutical claims and EHR data in their effort to both reduce the impact of pain and cut down down on opioid abuse.
Geisinger hire
By Bernie Monegain 10:58 am March 10, 2017
The health system is ramping up its hiring efforts after a decade of growth and expansion.

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