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Arkansas Senate approves Medicaid plan termination notices

By Associated Press  |  March 24, 2015

Thousands of people enrolled in Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would receive notices that their coverage is ending—even though lawmakers haven't decided the program's future—under a proposal approved Monday by the Senate.

House releases financing details on 'doc fix' deal

By Paul Demko  |  March 20, 2015

The chairs of the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees introduced legislation late Friday filling in the details of the $200 billion-plus deal to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula.

Proposed SGR repeal deal includes provider, benefit cuts

By Paul Demko  |  March 14, 2015

A proposed congressional “doc fix” deal being discussed last Friday looked as if it would include a permanent repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula and a two-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program with a total cost exceeding $200 billion.

House leaders' 'doc fix' talks prompt optimism ... but doubts too

By Paul Demko  |  March 12, 2015

Negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on a permanent “doc fix” are fueling cautious optimism even among some jaded veteran observers of past sustainable growth-rate formula skirmishes.

House leaders looking for deal to halt Medicare payment cuts

By Associated Press  |  March 12, 2015

Aides to top House Republicans and Democrats are trying to negotiate a bipartisan compromise to permanently revamp a law that annually threatens cuts in Medicare payments to doctors, including a 21% reduction set to take effect April 1.

New GOP reform plan unlikely to stave off chaos if justices kill subsidies

By Harris Meyer  |  February 09, 2015

Congressional Republican leaders are hoping their new Obamacare repeal-and-replace proposal will convince Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative colleagues on the U.S. Supreme Court that it's safe to strike down the premium subsidies at the heart of the healthcare reform law.

Washington State University med school bill hits snag over reproductive health

By Associated Press  |  February 08, 2015

A widely supported bill to let Washington State University open a medical school in Spokane hit a snag when a Seattle lawmaker asked the school to promise that it would not limit teaching on reproductive health or end-of-life care because of its partnerships with religious hospitals.

Colorado rejects right-to-die legislation

By Associated Press  |  February 07, 2015

Colorado lawmakers rejected a proposal to give dying patients the option to seek doctors' help ending their lives, concluding a long day of emotional testimony from more than 100 people.

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