Georgia governor OKs state funds for anti-abortion centers

By Associated Press  |  April 26, 2016

Georgia can give state money to "pregnancy resource centers" that offer medical and other services to pregnant women while discouraging them from getting abortions, under legislation signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

Senate Democrats press for $1.9B to fight Zika virus

By Associated Press  |  April 18, 2016

Democrats are pressing top Senate Republicans to stop dragging their feet and act immediately on President Barack Obama's request for $1.9 billion to combat the Zika virus.

Fla. gov signs law shielding patients from surprise bills

Fla. gov signs law shielding patients from surprise bills

By Harris Meyer  |  April 16, 2016

The movement to protect consumers from surprise medical bills won a major victory last week when Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bipartisan bill that will exempt patients from having to pay balance bills from out-of-network providers in certain situations.

Florida, California lawmakers target unexpected medical bills

By Harris Meyer  |  April 09, 2016

Florida is poised to become the second big state after New York to shield patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills, and California may not be far behind if lawmakers there can cinch a similar deal with physicians.

Kasich seeks more conservative model for Medicaid expansion

Kasich seeks more conservative model for Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 09, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's administration wants to transition the state to a more conservative Medicaid expansion program that would allow it to drop adult beneficiaries who don't pay into a health savings account, regardless of their income.

AHA-backed antitrust bill could ease hospital mergers

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 08, 2016

Healthcare industry leaders are closely watching a House-passed bill that could make it easier for hospitals to merge without getting tangled in lengthy antitrust challenges. But some experts say the AHA-backed bill wouldn't make much difference in most mergers.

White House: $589M from Ebola to go to fight Zika virus

By Associated Press  |  April 06, 2016

Federal money left over from the largely successful fight against Ebola will now go to combating the growing threat of the Zika virus, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.

GOP appealing to conservatives with healthcare

By Associated Press  |  April 05, 2016

Trying to win over conservatives, House Republicans are sweetening their budget proposal by putting several programs on the chopping block, including the Affordable Care Act.

New drug regulator confronts major challenges

New drug regulator confronts major challenges

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 02, 2016

An opioid abuse epidemic fueled by prescription drugs. Public outcry over high drug prices. A huge backlog of generic drug applications. Industry stakeholders pressing for faster approvals. Newly confirmed FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf tops our 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and...

Calif. minimum wage hike to affect 440,000 workers

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 02, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, increasing pay for more than 440,000 healthcare workers in the state.

Photo in EMTALA story wouldn't happen today

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 02, 2016

In the March 28 cover story (“Why patients still need EMTALA,”) it was refreshing to see the photo of former President Ronald Reagan signing the EMTALA legislation, including three Republican and four Democratic members of Congress wholeheartedly supporting a Republican president...

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