Trump and Healthcare News

 
 
  • Head of New U.S. Corporate Health Plan Cites Surgery as Biggest Cost Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon who was named this week to head the company being formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to trim employee healthcare costs, on Thursday cited surgery as the single biggest U.S. healthcare cost and said there are ways to both cut costs and improve patient care.
  • Immigration Detainees Influx Squeezes Healthcare at California Prison -Workers An influx of hundreds of immigration detainees at a U.S. prison in California is straining its medical staff and raising concerns about the adequacy of healthcare for detainees and inmates, several employees at the prison have told Reuters.
  • CMS Seeks Feedback on Physician Self-referral Law CMS asks for suggestions on potential changes to the Stark Law, which has been cited as an impediment to coordinating healthcare services.
  • U.S. Centers Force Migrant Children to Take Drugs - Lawsuit Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit.
  • Oscar to Expand Individual Health Insurance to More States Oscar Health, which began selling individual health insurance in New York for the 2014 launch of the Obamacare exchanges, on Thursday announced plans to expand into Florida, Michigan and Arizona next year, even as the Trump administration seeks to undercut that marketplace with cheaper insurance products.
  • Physician Groups: Court Ruling May Harm Vulnerable Patients The Department of Justice recently lent unexpected support to a group of Republican attorneys general who are challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in federal court.
  • No More 'Internment Camps': Democrats Disrupt Congressional Hearing Decrying "internment camps," Democrats and their supporters disrupted a high-profile U.S. congressional hearing on Tuesday with a dramatic protest against the Trump administration's policy of detaining immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Trump Signs Order to Stop Separating Immigrant Families The news comes amid intense criticism of the policy that calls for the separation of children from their parents at the US border. Physicians say the children could experience long-term effects.
  • Trump Administration Puts Skimpy Health Insurance Plans in Place The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a finalized rule that will enable millions of Americans to buy skimpy health insurance plans that do not comply with key Obamacare coverage requirements, marking its latest effort to chip away at the healthcare law.
  • If the Aim Is to Lower Drug Prices, Who Is in the Crosshairs? Many entities' opaque practices have led to criticism that businesses -- from manufacturers to insurers to pharmacy benefit managers -- are pocketing savings that should be accruing to patients.
  • Medical Societies Ask Court to Protect Key ACA Provisions The groups argue for maintaining legal protection for people with preexisting conditions. Separately, a GOP senator called the Justice Department's arguments for abandoning part of the ACA 'far-fetched.'
  • Helping Cancer Patients to Understand New 'Right-to-Try' Law The new measure should have been called the 'right-to-ask' law, as the decision about whether to provide experimental drugs still rests with pharma companies, says one expert.
  • HHS' Azar Touts Trump Plan to Cut Drug Prices to Senate Panel HHS Secretary Alex Azar appeared Tuesday before a Senate panel to explain Trump's plans for lowering drug prices, saying the system needs to be redone and 'flip on its head.'
  • U.S. Justice Department Says Obamacare Individual Mandate Unconstitutional The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday that the part of Obamacare requiring individuals to have health insurance is unconstitutional, an unusual move that could lead to stripping away some of the most significant and popular parts of the law.
  • U.S. Should Stop Detaining Migrants, Separating Children: U.N. The United Nations called on the United States on Tuesday to stop detaining irregular migrant families and separating children on its frontier with Mexico, saying this broke the law.
  • Medicare Financial Outlook Worsens The Medicare board of trustees said the program’s hospital insurance trust fund could run out of money by 2026, three years earlier than previously forecast.
  • Disappointment and Relief Over US Ruling on Cake for Gay Couple
  • DACA Program Tied to Health of U.S.-citizen Kids The U.S. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, has spillover benefits for the health of the young children of DACA-eligible mothers, a recent study suggests.
  • U.S. Scraps Rule Requiring States to Measure Tailpipe Gases The U.S. Transportation Department is repealing a rule, finalized in the closing days of the Obama administration as part of the fight against global warming, requiring states to track greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on the nation's highways.
  • Trump: Major Drug Companies to Announce Voluntary Price Cuts Soon President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he expects major drug companies to cut prices on their products in two weeks, but did not provide details on which companies would do so or the means by which they would provide such reductions.
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