Several GOP candidates have signaled they'll campaign on conservative approaches to healthcare reform, but it's not at all clear that they will have much resonance with voters, who have indicated that the healthcare issues they care most about now are the ones that affect their pocketbooks.
A bill to reform the nation's behavioral healthcare delivery system seeks to weaken a law that protects the medical records of millions of drug and alcohol abuse patients.
The effort to recruit and train physicians to tend to the specific and often very locally focused needs of VA patients is slow-going despite its fast-track implementation, according to the Veterans Affairs Department.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation to give doctors the final say on which prescription drugs to prescribe for their patients in Medicaid's managed care programs.
Lawmakers may actually agree enough on mental health reform issues to get a bill through Congress this session, but the challenge of paying for it could still kill the efforts.
California has received approval from the Obama administration to extend full Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant women, patching an odd glitch in the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion.
Legislation that would significantly raise Medicare rates for emergency air medical providers is working its way through both chambers of Congress. The nation's largest air ambulance company expects passage soon.
American Hospital Association says insurers' mergers could affect access, affordability and innovation in healthcare, and other news
The American Hospital Association sent a letter last week to the U.S. Department of Justice, saying that mergers involving four of the nation's largest insurers could affect access, affordability and innovation in healthcare.
Two New Jersey health systems are suing the state, contending a new law unfairly takes away their role as advanced emergency medical service providers in their service areas.
Several bills dealing with treatment of substance abuse and behavioral health issues plus initiatives to move the mentally ill out of jails and prisons and into the healthcare system have been introduced with bipartisan support in both chambers.
House representatives have agreed to the Veterans Affairs Department's request to shift part of the federal budget to keep VA hospitals open. The House included a late amendment to reallocate $3.5 billion to the VA's Choice program as part of the highway-funding bill.
Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress requiring hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are receiving observation care but have not been admitted.