A Republican state lawmaker and former lawmaker filed suit Tuesday to try to keep a Medicaid expansion proposal off this fall's ballot.
President Donald Trump says pharmaceutical company Pfizer is “rolling back price hikes, so American patients don’t pay more.”
"Gag clauses" buried in the fine print of pharmacy contracts prevent many pharmacists from telling customers when the cash price for a medicine may be less expensive than their insurance co-pay unless the customers directly ask.
The Medicaid petition collected about 56 percent more signatures than the total that was needed to get on the ballot, providing the effort a sizable cushion if some signatures are declared duplicate or otherwise invalid.
A newspaper investigation found that a company chosen to manage Iowa’s newly privatized Medicaid system has a history of alleged mismanagement and at least $23 million in fines in more than a dozen states.
Backers of a Medicaid expansion petition drive expressed confidence Thursday that they will get the proposal before Nebraska voters this fall.
Reactions were swift to Gawande's appointment, highly anticipated since the companies announced their plans in January to reduce costs and improve the quality of health care not only for their 1.2 million employees but also in ways that would reach the entire U.S. health care system.
New rules on lower-cost, lesser-benefit “association health plans,” issued Tuesday by the Trump administration, may attract some small businesses and self-employed people, Nebraska’s insurance chief said. But it’s too early to say how many will switch to association plans and leave behind the federal Affordable Care Act.
Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act foundered last year and bipartisan negotiations have gone nowhere fast since then. So farm state lawmakers seeking to address rural health care are turning to a familiar piece of legislation — the farm bill.
A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds a 51 percent majority of Americans support a national health plan, also known as a single-payer plan, while 43 percent oppose it.
A south-central Nebraska health care organization has agreed to pay the state and federal government $677,239.56 to settle allegations of false Medicaid and Medicare claims.
Iowa is moving ahead with “health benefit plans” that have fewer benefits; that reject some people with pre-existing medical conditions; and that cost less than health insurance that meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act.
In order to make the experience more pleasant, the hospital will provide therapy dogs, a mini carnival, mobile charging stations and free meals.
In almost one-quarter of Canadian households, someone is not taking medications because of an inability to pay, according to a polling organization.
“It is our duty to protect all Nebraskans, and we are failing,” she said. “We need to do something, to take some action.”
Dale Kuhn, founder of nonprofit Patient Services, says the entire system of patient assistance by nonprofit groups like his — affecting tens of thousands of people — could be choked off by tighter federal rules and the threat of penalties assessed by the government.
Doctors who told Robert Coupland he had COPD from smoking were wrong, but then it’s not easy to detect the inherited gene that causes his lung problems.
In a joint press release, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, said their three businesses would form a nonprofit company to seek "ways to address healthcare for their U.S. employees, with the aim of improving employee satisfaction and reducing costs."
When Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase talk about using technology to make health care more affordable and accessible, they may be thinking about some of the same technology Amazon already has used to transform the retail world.
Shares of legacy health care companies — insurers, drugmakers and prescription benefits managers — fell sharply after three of the biggest names in American business said they’d put their heads together to arrest the rise in medical costs.
If Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon want to improve the U.S. health care system, here’s a list for starters, according to health care watchers, experts and government statistics.
Human resources professionals say they see promise in Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JPMorgan Chase joining forces to take on the American health care system with a new nonprofit company. Eventually, if successful, the health care company – which doesn't have a name yet – could start offering plans to other employers, or even individuals, said Andrew Challenger, vice president of Chicago staffing firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas.
Mutual of Omaha will begin selling its first Medicare Advantage health plans in 2019 in cooperation with Lumeris Inc., a St. Louis company that will arrange health provider networks and manage the plans.
State government decisions in Nebraska and Iowa contributed to the two states’ high prices for individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a health insurance researcher says, recommending an end to the pre-ACA plans available in both states.
It might be no surprise that health care experts are divided on what will happen in the wake of ending the sign-up mandate. Turns out Obamacare might be just as controversial as politicians try to strip some of its requirements out of the tax code as it was when the original bill was passed in 2010.
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