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After Trump’s Blessing, House Rolls out Plan to End Surprise Medical Bills

Bipartisan legislation unveiled this week in the House would limit hospitals and doctors to charging health insurers local market prices for care that is outside a patient's network, a measure intended to curb surprise medical bills.

Democrats Flip the Health Care Script: If You Like Your Plan, You Can’t Keep It

The U.S. House put to a vote this week a bill that would threaten the health coverage of 1.5 million people. H.R. 987 would overturn a Trump administration regulatory-relief policy while wastefully allocating new taxpayer money to programs proven to fail.

Renewable Term Health Insurance: Better Coverage Than Obamacare

For equivalent insurance protection, the premiums for STLDI plans are lower than—in some cases, almost half the cost of—premiums on the exchange. The savings to be gained from switching to STLDI are even greater for more comprehensive insurance coverage.

White House Wants Patients to Know Health-Care Prices Up Front

The Trump administration has been working behind the scenes for months on a strategy to force greater price disclosure across much of the $3.5 trillion health-care industry. The push relies on existing administrative tools, according to people familiar with the discussions.

In A Significant Step For Price Transparency, Trump Finalizes Rule Requiring List Prices In Drug Ads

The Trump administration announced that it has finalized a new rule requiring all drug companies to include the list prices of their drugs in direct-to-consumer advertisements. If sunlight is the best disinfectant, the White House hopes that more visibility about drug prices will hold drugmakers more accountable and reduce costs for patients at the pharmacy counter.

Administrative Actions

Renewable Term Health Insurance: Better Coverage Than Obamacare

For equivalent insurance protection, the premiums for STLDI plans are lower than—in some cases, almost...

White House Wants Patients to Know Health-Care Prices Up Front

The Trump administration has been working behind the scenes for months on a strategy to...

In A Significant Step For Price Transparency, Trump Finalizes Rule Requiring List Prices In Drug Ads

The Trump administration announced that it has finalized a new rule requiring all drug companies to include...

Trump Outlines Plans to Stop Surprise Medical Billing

President Trump announced Thursday his administration is working with Congress on a comprehensive legislative package...

Trump Administration Files Formal Request to Strike Down All of Obamacare

The Trump administration formally declared its opposition to the entire ACA on Wednesday, arguing in...

Need for Reform

CBO Report: 1.4 Million Lost Health Insurance Since 2016 — And Obamacare Is To Blame

The number of uninsured climbed by 1.4 million from 2016 to 2018, according to a...

How Medicaid Expansion is Crowding Out Private Insurance

Expanding Medicaid in the remaining non-expansion states would crowd millions of able-bodied adults out of...

Behind Your Rising Health-Care Bills: Secret Hospital Deals That Squelch Competition

Dominant hospital systems use an array of secret contract terms to protect their turf and...

If The Court Strikes Down Obamacare, How Bad Would That Be?

The Trump administration has decided to challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare in court. Some Republicans...

Enrollment Remains Concentrated Among Few Issuers, Including in Exchanges

There may be several companies selling health insurance in a given market, but we’ve previously found that...

Of Interest

Ending the Union Medicaid Skim

Even when the Supreme Court tells a government labor union that it can’t do something,...

Democrats Flip the Health Care Script: If You Like Your Plan, You Can’t Keep It

The U.S. House put to a vote this week a bill that would threaten the...

Dems Push Bill on Health Care, Drug Prices Through House

Democrats pushed through the House Thursday legislation that they say fortifies the ACA and also...

Robert Pear, Scrupulous Chronicler of Health Care for the New York Times, Dies at 69

By all accounts, Robert Pear of the New York Times was one of the most...

Top-Down Government Efforts to Corral Drug Prices Will Fail

Americans pay a lot for pharmaceuticals, and politicians of all stripes are offering prescription drug...

Real Reform

White House Wants Patients to Know Health-Care Prices Up Front

The Trump administration has been working behind the scenes for months on a strategy to...

Senate Legislation to End Surprise Medical Bills Includes Provision Opposed by White House

Newly released Senate legislation to curb surprise medical bills would allow third parties to settle...

After Trump’s Blessing, House Rolls out Plan to End Surprise Medical Bills

Bipartisan legislation unveiled this week in the House would limit hospitals and doctors to charging...

Bringing Private Health Insurance Into the 21st Century

Private coverage is not the same thing as market-based coverage. Few employees have the opportunity to...

End Hospitals’ Right to a Blank Check for Emergency Care

Emergency medical care is an exception to the general principle of market exchange, whereby services are voluntarily...

State Actions

Tennessee Will Ask Trump to Ok First Medicaid Block Grant

Tennessee is charging ahead to become the first state in the nation to ask the...

Kansas Bypasses Obamacare; Will Other States Follow?

Kansas’ new law allowing the sale of health plans that can turn away people with...

Importing Bad Ideas on Drug Prices

The Florida Legislature has been moving on a plan pushed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis...

Tennessee House Advances Bill Seeking to Overhaul Medicaid

Tennessee would dramatically overhaul how it provides health care to its lower-income and disabled residents...

Idaho Gov. Little Signs Bill to Put Work Requirements on Medicaid Expansion

Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed a bill that adds work requirements and other...

Government-controlled Health Care

Socialized Medicine Is Bad for Your Health

In Britain, both health insurance and the delivery of health care is socialized. But the...

This New Democratic Plan Would Ban Private Medicine

The latest liberal policy idea would effectively end all private health care for many Americans....

The CBO Report On Single Payer Isn’t The One We Deserve To See

On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office released a 30-page report analyzing a single-payer health insurance plan. While...

Tax Hikes on the Wealthy Alone Can’t Pay for ‘Medicare for All’

To pay for Medicare for All, Democratic presidential candidates have focused on taxing the rich....

The Burdens of BernieCare

Democrats asked CBO to lay out some parameters of how to set up single-payer, hoping...