Exclusive: White House preparing order that would cut drug prices for Medicare – sources & 13 more stories

Exclusive: White House preparing order that would cut drug prices for Medicare – sources, by Michael Erman, published 2019-07-24T22:41:54Z

U.S. President Donald Trump is considering a sweeping executive order that would cut prices on virtually all branded prescription drugs sold to Medicare and other government programs, according to two industry sources who had discussions with the White House.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is considering a sweeping executive order that would cut prices on virtually all branded prescription drugs sold to Medicare and other government programs, according to two industry sources who had discussions … [+3447 chars] [ read the full story ]

Divided House Passes 2-Year Budget Deal to Raise Spending

Emily Cochrane, 2019-07-25T21:12:19Z

Overview: Republicans defected by the dozens, despite President Trump’s endorsement and pressure from key outside groups, and Democrats were left to get the deal passed.

The success of the bill signals the sunset of the austere spending caps enforced by the Budget Control Act of 2011, a deal forged during Barack Obamas presidency after a group of rebellious House Republicans demanded deep spending cuts in return for an extens… [+1616 chars] [read the full story]

More than two-thirds of Obamacare cosponsors are now backing Medicare for All proposal

Tim Zelina and Frank Bass, 2019-07-23T10:30:47Z

Overview: And those incumbent House Democrats who cosponsored Obamacare but have declined to endorse a Medicare for All proposal have each received an average of $290,000 in campaign contributions from the 10 largest U.S. healthcare companies. MapLight is a nonprofit o…

MapLight is a nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics.Twelve of the current 17 House members who cosponsored the landmark 2009 measure known as Obamacare have signed on as cosponsors of legislation that would create a universal … [+2208 chars] [read the full story]

$950 million insurer Bright Health is plotting a massive expansion as startups look to reinvent how Americans get healthcare

Lydia Ramsey, 2019-07-24T10:00:00Z

Overview: Minneapolis-based health insurance startup Bright Health is doubling its geographic footprint in 2020. By 2020, the company expects to be in 12 states, up from six in 2019. Bright offers insurance to individuals under the Affordable Care Act and coverage to s…

A three-year-old health insurance company is drastically expanding its presence in 2020, as startups flush with venture-capital cash look to reinvent the way healthcare is done in the US.
Minneapolis-based Bright Health, which provides health plans for indi… [+2822 chars] [read the full story]

With $160 million in new funding, Freenome looks commercialize its blood test to detect colorectal cancer

Jonathan Shieber, 2019-07-24T13:02:02Z

Overview: One of the major problems that technology companies working to find a cure for cancer need to solve is finding a safe, minimally invasive way to detect cancers early. Almost all cancer screening will eventually require a biopsy, but determining whether that’s…

One of the major problems that technology companies working to find a cure for cancer need to solve is finding a safe, minimally invasive way to detect cancers early.
Almost all cancer screening will eventually require a biopsy, but determining whether that’… [+7147 chars] [read the full story]

Dialysis Firm Cancels $524,600.17 Medical Bill After Journalists Investigate

Jenny Gold, 2019-07-26T16:19:03Z

Overview: This week, NPR profiled a Montana man who was billed nearly half a million dollars for 14 weeks of dialysis, after being caught in a dispute between insurer and the dialysis provider. Now he owes $0.

Sovereign Valentine, a personal trainer in Plains, Mont., needs dialysis for his end-stage renal disease. When he first started dialysis treatments, Fresenius Kidney Care clinic in Missoula charged $13,867.74 per session, or about 59 times the $235 Medicare p… [+3984 chars] [read the full story]

The Wall Street Journal: Senators introduce bill to cap drug-price increases under Medicare

Thomas M. Burton, 2019-07-24T11:55:21Z

Overview: The Senate Finance Committee’s highest-ranking members are pushing legislation to restrain drug-price increases by placing some caps on out-of-pocket spending in the federal Medicare program.

WASHINGTONThe Senate Finance Committees highest-ranking members are pushing legislation to restrain drug-price increases by placing some caps on out-of-pocket spending in the federal Medicare program.
Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and ran… [+1496 chars] [read the full story]

Dental visits start declining as people get older — and there may be a painful price to pay

Meera Jagannathan, 2019-07-25T09:47:26Z

Overview: Racial minorities and foreign-born people were even less likely to seek out dental care, new research found.

Well, this bites: U.S. adults are less likely to visit the dentist around age 80, according to new research. And that trend that could have far-reaching health and economic consequences.
The study, published in the journal Research on Aging, analyzed the use… [+4165 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders Also Supports Mommy Cardi, Bitch

Frida Garza on The Slot, shared by Frida Garza to Jezebel, 2019-07-26T14:00:00Z

Overview: Bernie Sanders appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night to talk about Medicare for All, all the weird fan merch with his face on it, and his powerful ally Cardi B. Read more…

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Bernie Sanders appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night to talk about Medicare for All, all the weird fan merch with his face on it, and his powerful allyCardi B.
During a recent red carpet interview, Cardi B, a noted lover of politics and wor… [+1014 chars] [read the full story]

Outside the Box: America’s long-term care crisis is worsening

Max Richtman, 2019-07-22T17:45:16Z

Overview: One illness can be financially catastrophic.

Long term care is something most of us will need as we grow older.
We might develop chronic diseases, mobility issues, Alzheimers or other conditions that prevent us from fully caring for ourselves. (Long term care includes everything from assisted living t… [+5581 chars] [read the full story]

Democratic primary voters have lower expectations for Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders’ next debate performance, but higher expectations for Kamala Harris

Grace Panetta, 2019-07-23T15:14:40Z

Overview: The next round of Democratic primary debates will take place on July 30 and 31 — and Democratic primary voters continue to have high expectations for how the frontrunners of the field will perform. INSIDER conducted a SurveyMonkey National Audience poll askin…

The next round of Democratic primary debates will take place on July 30 and 31 — and Democratic primary voters continue to have high expectations for how the frontrunners of the field will perform.
Both before the first session of Democratic primary debate… [+5611 chars] [read the full story]

A Montana man was billed $540,000 after receiving 14 weeks of life-saving dialysis

Kelly McLaughlin, 2019-07-25T19:50:23Z

Overview: Sovereign Valentine, 50, from Plains, Montana, started undergoing dialysis in January after going into kidney failure. Valentine needed 14 weeks of care for his dialysis, and racked up a $540,841.90 bill. Valentine said he had to go to Fresenius Kidney Care c…

A Montana man who needed life-saving dialysis treatment says he was billed $540,000 for 14 weeks of care.
Sovereign Valentine, 50, from Plains, Montana, told CBS News that he had to undergo dialysis three times a week after going into kidney failure in Jan… [+2085 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders thinks media is unfair, so he created his own

JUANA SUMMERS, 2019-07-23T09:12:54Z

Overview: When Bernie Sanders wanted to preview a speech about his signature health care plan, “Medicare for All,” he did not opt for a traditional interview. The makeshift studio for the show is in a room with a long wooden table, walls decorated with Sanders campaign…

WASHINGTON (AP) When Bernie Sanders wanted to preview a speech about his signature health care plan, “Medicare for All,” he did not opt for a traditional interview.
Instead, he made an appearance on “The 99,” his Democratic presidential campaign’s in-house l… [+4860 chars] [read the full story]