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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.
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How healthcare's Washington lobbying machine gets the job done
By By Paul Demko | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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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Texas abortion clinics may close as court demands upgrades
By By Virgil Dickson | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Modern Healthcare's Lobbying database | Look up healthcare lobbying data for over 90 of the country's top healthcare organizations and their outside lobbying firms.
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...
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Tenn. gov. presses ahead on Medicaid expansion talks
By Associated Press | September 27, 2014
Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still in talks over finding a way to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite pushback from fellow Republicans in the state Legislature.
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Reform Update: Narrow-network concerns spur legal, regulatory, political action
By Paul Demko | September 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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...
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Calif. governor vetoes bill to protect dead Medicaid recipients' assets
By Virgil Dickson | September 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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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House bill answers providers' anxiety over EHR reporting
By Joseph Conn | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With pressure mounting on HHS to make it easier for physicians and hospitals to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records, two U.S. House members have introduced a bill that would allow providers to use a 90-day reporting period in 2015 rather than an entire year.
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Are lawmakers interfering with the doctor-patient relationship?
By Newsworks.org | September 12, 2014
Doctors are sending up red flags about laws that they say block them from giving patients independent medical care and advice. They call it "legislative inference."
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House backs bill extending small-group plans that violate ACA
By Paul Demko | September 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Legislation that would allow insurers to continue selling small-group plans that don't comply with the coverage requirements of the federal healthcare law through 2018 cleared the House with bipartisan support on Wednesday. But there is practically no chance the proposal will be taken up this year...
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