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Utah Medicaid expansion plan still alive

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 25, 2015

There are new talks between Utah's Republican governor, Gary Herbert, and GOP lawmakers about expanding Medicaid, but political observers are skeptical about the prospects for legislative approval.

Utah Medicaid expansion met with skepticism

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 20, 2015

News of Republican Gov. Gary Herbert expanding Medicaid in Utah is being met with a heavy amount of skepticism from policy and patient advocacy insiders. The plan would cover about 126,000 people and proposes Utah and local providers chip in to cover costs not met by the federal government.

Risk that 'nobody will have access to pediatric specialty care'

Risk that 'nobody will have access to pediatric specialty care'

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 18, 2015

Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, a 300-bed hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., discusses the issues raised by Medicaid expansion, narrow-network health plans and high prescription drug costs. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Bob Herman.

House lawmakers introduce federal 'right to try' bill

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 15, 2015

The "right to try” campaign that would allow terminally ill patients access to experimental, unapproved drugs is going national. Three House Republicans have introduced a bill that would ban federal regulators from taking action against those seeking access to such therapies.

House overwhelmingly passes 21st Century Cures Act

House overwhelmingly passes 21st Century Cures Act

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 10, 2015

In a rare act of bipartisanship, House members voted 344-77 on Friday in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, which supporters say will speed the development and regulatory approval of medical breakthroughs. Critics say that speed would come at the expense of patients' safety.

21st Century Cures Act hits political roadblock over funding

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 09, 2015

Expectations that the 21st Century Cures Act would sail through the House this week hit a snag Wednesday night when the Rules Committee voted to include an amendment to switch the bill's funding from mandatory to discretionary.

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