The latest announced mega-merger, between Cigna and Express Scripts, should put Congress on alert, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said. Rep. Frank Pallone is calling for an oversight hearing.
State lawmakers studying improvements to California's healthcare system rejected a plan popular with Democratic activists to give everyone in the state government-funded healthcare, saying a "single-payer" plan would need extensive work to become viable.
Observers are wondering if Idaho officials are negotiating with the Trump administration behind the scenes to meld their proposal for cheaper, leaner individual-market plans with the administration's plan to let insurers offer short-term products.
As the House gears up for hearings on new 340B legislation, the Senate announces its initial major hearing on the drug discount program.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin Friday called on providers and health information technology vendors to commit to working on a set of standards aimed at breaking the interoperability logjam.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar hinted to insurers that he would loosen regulations to let them offer plans that don't follow current ACA rules. He also urged insurers to do their part in the price-transparency fight.
The White House is urging Congress pass legislation that doesn't authorize cost-sharing reduction payments and reinsurance for 2017, even though insurers had to contribute to the program.
Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Claire McCaskill called on HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Labor Secretary Alexander Costa to look into whether Anthem's emergency room policy violates federal law.
The White House has issued new policy demands as Capitol Hill lawmakers close in on a deal to fund reinsurance and cost-sharing reduction payments to try to lower individual market premiums for 2019.
A proposed rule to expand access to association health plans could lead to a spike in unpaid claims for providers, since members of those plans have a history of not paying their bills.
The White House is pushing Congress to adopt several conservative policies including allowing long-term use of short-term plans and seniors being charged higher premiums. In exchange, it will support bringing back cost-sharing reduction payments for individual market enrollees.
Speaking at the 2018 HIMSS conference, Office of the National Coordinator head Dr. Don Rucker called for work on open APIs and standards for greater interoperability.