The Senate Money Committee believes global budgets would bolster struggling rural healthcare systems.
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill to delay the health insurance tax until 2021. This would be the third delay of the Affordable Care Act taxes on the industry.
The bill, which consolidates VA's community care programs into Choice, will spark a change in how the private sector interacts with the VA health system.
The liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said imposing so-called community engagement requirements, premiums and other conditions means states and the federal government will have to spend tens of millions to track compliance and handle appeals.
The Affordable Care Act remains an election talking point, but lawmakers are shifting their policy focus to the Trump administration's agenda as states take the reins on the exchanges.
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.
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.
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, UnitedProject Japan, would not extend inpatient coverage.
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.
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.