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White House taps the brakes on HHS religious rule

White House taps the brakes on HHS religious rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 11, 2018

The White House urged HHS to hold off on finalizing a rule outlining when providers can refuse care because of conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs, saying the agency has not done enough to estimate the industry impact.

In Depth: Rethinking rural healthcare

In Depth: Rethinking rural healthcare

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 09, 2018

"Rethinking rural healthcare" explores how to improve healthcare in rural areas, with varied accounts of hospitals at risk of closing, including providers that have successfully reinvented themselves, and others that have shuttered under financial pressure.

Medicaid work requirement bill sent to Michigan governor

Medicaid work requirement bill sent to Michigan governor

By Associated Press  |  June 07, 2018

The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval to a bill requiring able-bodied adults in the state's Medicaid expansion program to meet work or job-related requirements, sending it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.

Azar and Congress seek to fix Medicare wage index

Azar and Congress seek to fix Medicare wage index

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 06, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said he wants to team up with Congress to overhaul the Medicare wage index, which lawmakers increasingly say is a threat to rural healthcare.

House lawmakers test waters on HSA expansion

House lawmakers test waters on HSA expansion

By Susannah Luthi  |  June 06, 2018

The House Ways and Means Committee's look at potentially expanding health savings accounts failed to resolve the question of whether that would help lower costs.

Senate committee to advance Creates Act this week

Senate committee to advance Creates Act this week

By Susannah Luthi  |  June 05, 2018

The Senate is clearing the way this week for a bipartisan bill supported by insurers and provider groups aimed at easing generic drugs' entry into the market, although the legislation's future in the House and Senate is unclear.

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