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Anti-Medicaid expansion lawmaker criticizes radio ads

By Associated Press  |  January 24, 2015

Tennessee's State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.

Boost the right kind of innovation

Boost the right kind of innovation

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 24, 2015

Nearly two decades ago, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen coined the phrase “disruptive innovation” to describe new technologies that transform industries by bringing simplicity and affordability to products and processes that are complicated and high cost. The signs...

Will Obama's budget offer fresh ideas or stay the course?

Will Obama's budget offer fresh ideas or stay the course?

By Paul Demko  |  January 24, 2015

President Obama has two options to flesh out healthcare spending priorities in his annual budget recommendations: Submit a status quo spending blueprint or propose new initiatives he knows Republicans will reject for the sake of shaping the healthcare debate in the 2016 presidential election.

Hatch, Alexander introduce bill to kill individual mandate

Hatch, Alexander introduce bill to kill individual mandate

By Paul Demko  |  January 21, 2015

Legislation that would eliminate Obamacare's mandate for most Americans to buy health insurance was introduced Wednesday by a pair of senators running the committees with the most influence over healthcare issues.

What Obama's SOTU mention of cyber threats means for healthcare

By Joseph Conn  |  January 20, 2015

Ten years ago, President George W. Bush briefly mentioned electronic health records in a State of the Union address and the federal government is now in the midst of a multibillion dollar effort to promote the technology. Can the same thing happen with cybersecurity?

Hatch: GOP must be ready to act if high court strikes down subsidies

Hatch: GOP must be ready to act if high court strikes down subsidies

By Paul Demko  |  January 20, 2015

Republicans need to unite behind an alternative to Obamacare so they have a proposal ready if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that insurance subsidies in states that haven't established their own exchanges are invalid, Sen. Orrin Hatch told a gathering at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Medicare chief  Marilyn Tavenner leaving CMS

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner leaving CMS

By Darius Tahir  |  January 17, 2015

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner's announcement last Friday that she's leaving the CMS at the end of February kicked off speculation on whom President Barack Obama will nominate to replace her.

Medical-device tax repeal wins bipartisan support

By Paul Demko  |  January 13, 2015

Proposed federal legislation to repeal the medical-device tax has resurfaced with bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. Republicans have signaled that repealing the 2.3% excise tax, a source of funding for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is a top priority now that they...

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