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With court defeat, GOP health law effort now aimed at '16

By Associated Press  |  June 26, 2015

The Supreme Court's resounding rejection of a conservative attempt to gut President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul won't stop Republicans from attacking the law they detest. But now, their efforts will be chiefly about teeing up the issue for the 2016 presidential and congressional elections.

California vaccine bill clears major legislative hurdle

By Associated Press  |  June 25, 2015

California's Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

CBO: 21st Century Cures will cost $106 billion

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 24, 2015

The 21st Century Cures Act, a fast-moving bill aimed at fueling medical innovation, would cost $106 billion to implement and its cost-saving provisions—including limiting Medicaid pay for durable medical equipment—would yield $12 billion over the next decade, according to the CBO.

House ready to kill health law's Medicare savings panel

By Associated Press  |  June 23, 2015

The House was ready on Tuesday to kill a federal panel that is supposed to find ways to curb Medicare spending, as Republicans ignored a veto threat and readied their latest blow at President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

Congressional GOP plans to continue health law subsidies

By Associated Press  |  June 17, 2015

Congressional Republicans will move to temporarily continue healthcare subsidies for millions of people if the Supreme Court overturns the aid, according to plans discussed Wednesday in the House and Senate.

Blog: The devil is in the details of mental health laws

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 17, 2015

During shared stories about the devastation of mental illness on families and the strides made in recent years, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) opposed a reference in a proposed law that appears in a different bill she has co-sponsored.

Push to change HIPAA provisions gains ground with dueling House bills

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 17, 2015

Two House bills address obstacles to sharing information of mentally ill patients with concerned relatives and caregivers. One proposes loosening restrictions on record sharing. The other suggests clarification of what kind of information can be shared.

Upton aiming for 80% of House to back 21st Century Cures

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 16, 2015

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is aiming to have as many as 350 votes or 80% of the members of the House supporting the 21st Century Cures Act, also known as H.R. 6.

Maine to step into debate over 'death-with-dignity' laws

By Associated Press  |  June 14, 2015

A divisive national debate over whether dying patients should have the power to end their own lives will sweep into Maine this week when the Republican-controlled state Senate begins to consider so-called "death-with-dignity" legislation.

Healthcare added 46,800 jobs in May, and other news

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 06, 2015

The healthcare industry added 46,800 jobs in May, nearly matching April's largest monthly increase this year, according to the seasonally adjusted figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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