What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights this week include: Pulling Obamacare subsidies would drive up premiums, increase deficit; did Obamacare create doctor shortage; health insurer payments will be made in August; speedy drug approvals lacking in follow-up, and women’s voices often missing in the health care debate.

By Andy Tofilon • August 23, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Trump signs bill helping vets get access to private medical care, high anxiety for insurers on Obamacare deadline, Trump is declaring a national emergency over the opioid epidemic, health insurers seek higher rates for Minnesota small businesses, and FDA addressing racial disparity in patients enrolled in clinical trials.

By Andy Tofilon • August 16, 2017

Top highlights this week include: U.S. News announces 2017-18 best hospitals, health care gains 39,400 jobs in July, zip code important to health, under Trump, hospitals face same penalties embraced by Obama, and insurers think they’ve found the perfect patients for profits.

By Andy Tofilon • August 9, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Court allows Democratic states to defend Obamacare payments, MNsure enrollees to get four extra weeks to sign up for 2018 health insurance, bipartisan group floats Obamacare fixes, Minnesota’s health insurance rates set to stabilize for 2018, and Trump’s FDA chief charts a policy shift beyond tobacco products.

By Andy Tofilon • August 2, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Trump’s FDA chief takes wide aim at opioid addiction crisis, Obamacare repeal vote still too close to call, CBO says revised Senate plan would increase uninsured by 22 million, fraud and billing mistakes cost Medicare tens of billions last year, and Obamacare payments to continue.

By Andy Tofilon • July 26, 2017

Top highlights this week include: How hospitals got richer off Obamacare, Trump administration says a new plan will cut drug prices, Medicare’s financial outlook slightly improved, health insurers try paying more up front to pay less later, and new GOP plan to repeal Obamacare meets fatal opposition.

By Andy Tofilon • July 19, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Congress’s other health care problem awaits action on ACA, Medicaid recipients really like their coverage and care, health care’s widespread overbilling problem, drop in cancer deaths in rural America slower than urban areas, and Senate Republicans to release updated health care bill.

By Andy Tofilon • July 12, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Should GOP health bill prevail, say bye-bye to insurance rebates; how the GOP Medicaid overhaul could become the next fiscal cliff; FDA announces plan to eliminate backlog of rare-disease drugs; America’s failed response to the opioid epidemic; and seniors miss out on clinical trials.

By Andy Tofilon • July 5, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Senate health bill reels as C.B.O. predicts 22 million more uninsured, draft executive order would enhance high-deductible coverage for chronic-disease care, House seeks to cap malpractice awards as part of health care update, Trump travel ban partly reinstated, and Senate GOP expected to add new penalties for the uninsured into their health bill.

By Andy Tofilon • June 28, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Medica intends to stay in Iowa’s health insurance market, White House task force echoes pharma proposals, insurers look to ramp up premiums in health law exchanges, GOP health care law could cost nearly 1 million jobs, and Trump administration prepares a drug-pricing executive order.

By Andy Tofilon • June 21, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Medical responses to opioid addiction vary by state; opioid crisis complicates GOP’s health-law push; 13M more uninsured under GOP repeal package; under ACA, increased coverage paired with more jobs; and 500,000 providers will get 2% payment cuts under Medicare’s Quality Reporting System.

By Andy Tofilon • June 14, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare, insurance companies duck Obamacare repeal fight, community health centers venture into value-based care, Americans increasingly think their health care will get worse, and lawmakers see progress on health care bill.

By Andy Tofilon • June 7, 2017

Top highlights this week include: States try to tilt Medicaid in conservative directions, House health care bill cuts premiums but saves less money, CDC says we are underestimating the toll of opioid overdoses, Medicare to cover supervised exercise for heart disease, and new rules may make online health insurance sales simpler.

By Andy Tofilon • May 31, 2017