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Slavitt urges progress beyond the coverage gains made by ACA

Slavitt urges progress beyond the coverage gains made by ACA

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 01, 2016

In one of his final public appearances as the head of the CMS, Andy Slavitt said that losing any gains made by the Affordable Care Act will drive up long-term health care costs.. He also said future reform should aspire to reach universal coverage.

Healthcare groups urge for repeal of 'death panel'

Healthcare groups urge for repeal of 'death panel'

By Shannon Muchmore  |  December 01, 2016

Hundreds of groups want Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board before cuts to Medicare are triggered. Without repeal, the HHS secretary could make cuts that could only be overridden by a supermajority of Congress.

Trump's CMS pick is viewed as both patient advocate and foe

Trump's CMS pick is viewed as both patient advocate and foe

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 29, 2016

Verma has supported charging premiums to individuals above and below the poverty line and freezing beneficiaries out of coverage if they don't pay. But she could prove to be a knowledgeable ally to states looking to better control their Medicaid dollars.

Better data, lifting language barriers key to improving access for minorities

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  November 23, 2016

In order to address racial and ethnic health inequities among Medicare beneficiaries, healthcare organizations must gather better data, provide patients with information in their native tongue and make it easier for people with disabilities to enter healthcare facilities.

Is America ready for a major Medicare overhaul?

Is America ready for a major Medicare overhaul?

By Harris Meyer  |  November 22, 2016

Some healthcare leaders would welcome plans to turn Medicare into a “premium-support” system that pays a fixed amount per beneficiary, but they want to see more details before they take a side.

Editorial: America's pain

Editorial: America's pain

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 19, 2016

Last week's Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health did a grave disservice to Americans rightfully upset about the rising tide of drug and alcohol dependency in their communities.

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