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Q&A: 'Drug prices are the wrong target,' says PhRMA chief

Q&A: 'Drug prices are the wrong target,' says PhRMA chief

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 30, 2016

A nimble inside-the-Beltway operative, Stephen Ubl took the reins of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America just as public outrage over high drug prices was hitting its peak. In an interview with Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner, Ubl shares his views on the drug-price...

Liquidation begins for failed Obamacare insurer

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  April 25, 2016

After months of uncertainty surrounding Health Republic Insurance of New York's liquidation process, new court documents released April 22 provide clarity on what creditors can expect to receive. That is a welcome development for doctors and other providers who say are owed more than $200 million.

What UnitedHealth's retreat says about the ACA marketplaces

What UnitedHealth's retreat says about the ACA marketplaces

By Bob Herman  |  April 23, 2016

UnitedHealth Group's decision to pull out of most of the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges created a big headache for the Obama administration, but the reality of the situation is a lot more nuanced than it might appear.

Saving Medicaid expansion in Ark. required killing it first

Saving Medicaid expansion in Ark. required killing it first

By Harris Meyer  |  April 23, 2016

Arkansas' Republican-controlled Legislature, including Democratic members, voted last week to kill the state's successful Medicaid expansion. But it was just a tactic to get around a minority of conservative GOP senators who had enough votes to end the expanded program.

Texas seeks short-term Medicaid waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 23, 2016

Warning that providers could lose billions of dollars in reimbursement, Texas is seeking an emergency 15-month waiver from the CMS that would extend financing for programs designed to cover the unpaid bills of Medicaid-eligible patients who haven’t signed up for the program.

Arkansas GOP governor uses veto to save Medicaid expansion

By Associated Press  |  April 22, 2016

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday effectively saved Arkansas' first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion by voiding part of a budget bill that would have ended the subsidized insurance for more than 250,000 poor people.

Blog: Revisiting Hillary Clinton's record on healthcare

Blog: Revisiting Hillary Clinton's record on healthcare

By Harris Meyer  |  April 19, 2016

Two people with first-hand knowledge of Hillary Clinton's history on healthcare say she has done outstanding work in expanding coverage and research funding, and that the Clinton they know is nothing like the self-serving politician described by her critics.

The short and chaotic life of an Obamacare darling

The short and chaotic life of an Obamacare darling

By Michael Waldholz, Crain's New York Business  |  April 18, 2016

A Crain's investigation shows how Health Republic, the insurance company that was supposed to be about people, not profits, misled its customers and ran itself into the ground.

Arkansas lawmakers hit budget impasse over Medicaid plan

By Associated Press  |  April 15, 2016

Republican opponents of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion blocked funding for the program Thursday, leaving lawmakers scrambling to find a way to save the expanded coverage for thousands of poor people and resolve a standoff over the state's budget.

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