For the dying, state laws offer hope that critics call hollow

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  November 05, 2014

Amid a tidal wave of Republican election wins, supporters of so-called right-to-try laws claimed victory as Arizona overwhelmingly approved a measure that will allow dying patients to get drugs and medical devices not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Medicaid expansion faces new hurdles

Medicaid expansion faces new hurdles

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 05, 2014

Voters not only stopped the Medicaid expansion dead in its tracks on Tuesday night, they elected Republican candidates vowing to change or roll back Medicaid in states that have already expanded.

Republican lawmakers, be careful what you wish for

Republican lawmakers, be careful what you wish for

By Harris Meyer  |  November 03, 2014

Some Republican governors and U.S. senators are going to have a major Obamacare dilemma on their hands if they wake up Wednesday morning and find that their party controls Congress.

Medical liability premiums flat as California battles over caps

Medical liability premiums flat as California battles over caps

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

A TV political ad opposing Proposition 46 in California opens with black silhouettes of plaintiff lawyers shaking hands. In a later frame, a worried older woman opens a medical bill. A doctor in an empty hallway shakes his head. But liability premiums haven't been very scary.

Political airwaves dominated by anti-Obamacare ads

By Paul Demko  |  October 30, 2014

More than a quarter of all political advertisements on television this year mention healthcare, and 14% of those specifically reference the federal healthcare law, according to an analysis released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Just 5% of ads that mentioned the healthcare law were sponsored by...

California health insurance ballot measure gets dirty, literally

California health insurance ballot measure gets dirty, literally

By Bob Herman  |  October 24, 2014

Summary goes hereIn less than two weeks, California voters will decide the fate of Proposition 45, a ballot measure allowing the state's insurance commissioner to approve or deny premium rate hikes proposed by health insurers. Consumer advocates made an unusual effort Thursday to persuade...

N.J. considers mandating encryption to protect health information

By WHYY (Philadelphia)  |  October 23, 2014

As data breaches at retailers become more common, New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would help protect personal health information. A bill proposed by Assemblyman Joe Lagana would require insurance carriers to encrypt computerized health records transmitted across public...

Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law

By Associated Press  |  October 14, 2014

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law inTexas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America's second most-populous state.

Hostile ballot initiatives confront health insurers

By Bob Herman  |  October 11, 2014

Insurance industry officials will gather in Washington this week to discuss the biggest political, legal, legislative and regulatory issues their companies face at the local level.

Lawmakers approve $700 million to fight Ebola

By Associated Press  |  October 09, 2014

The Republican chairmen of House panels that oversee the Pentagon signed off Thursday on an additional $700 million to pay for the military mission to help fight Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak.

How healthcare's Washington lobbying machine gets the job done

How healthcare's Washington lobbying machine gets the job done

By Paul Demko  |  October 04, 2014

Providers, insurers, drug and device manufacturers, and the major trade associations are among the largest funders of the inside-the-Beltway influence industry. This year, they're on pace to spend nearly $500 million seeking to advance policies or avoid setbacks on issues crucial to their interests.

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