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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.

Texas abortion clinics may close as court demands upgrades

Texas abortion clinics may close as court demands upgrades

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 04, 2014

Thirteen Texas abortion clinics serving large parts of the state could close their doors this week following a decision by a federal appellate court Thursday allowing a state law to take effect requiring the clinics to implement costly hospital-level upgrades to their facilities.

Modern Healthcare's Lobbying database

October 02, 2014

The Healthcare Industry Lobbyist database offers searchable fields to find 2013 lobbying expenditures data by many of the largest healthcare companies and organizations in the country, as well as the contract lobbyists they pay for. Search the database to see totals spent on lobbying by each...

Reform Update: Narrow-network concerns spur legal, regulatory, political action

Reform Update: Narrow-network concerns spur legal, regulatory, political action

By Paul Demko  |  September 26, 2014

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has heightened concerns about narrow-network plans that have proved popular with consumers during the first year of insurance exchange operations under the federal healthcare law. Insurers and many healthcare economists argue that limiting consumer...

Calif. governor vetoes bill to protect dead Medicaid recipients' assets

Calif. governor vetoes bill to protect dead Medicaid recipients' assets

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 26, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown, citing budget concerns, has vetoed a bill that would have limited what the state could recoup for healthcare costs from the estates of dead Medicaid beneficiaries. As a result, some eligible lower-income Californians may choose to not sign up for the program, advocates...

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