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GOP lawmakers eye cuts in 'optional' Medicaid benefits

GOP lawmakers eye cuts in 'optional' Medicaid benefits

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 13, 2017

Two Republican committee chairmen want Congress to consider cutting “optional” Medicaid eligibility and benefit categories as a way to control the growth of Medicaid spending.

Final rule eases sharing of substance abuse treatment records

By Joseph Conn  |  January 13, 2017

The Obama administration has released a final privacy rule that makes it easier to share the medical history of people undergoing substance abuse treatment in federally funded drug and alcohol treatment programs.

Oliver Smithies, 2007 Nobel Prize winner in medicine, dies

By Associated Press  |  January 13, 2017

Smithies won the Nobel Prize for developing a technique used to manipulate genes in mice. The advance enhanced genetic research to better understand cancer, obesity, heart diseases and other diseases.

Obamacare repeal heads to committees

Obamacare repeal heads to committees

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 13, 2017

By a near party-line 227-198 vote, the House approved a budget Friday that prevents Democrats from using a Senate filibuster to derail a blueprint that would repeal and replace President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

GOP lawmakers move to strike down DC's right-to-die law

By Associated Press  |  January 13, 2017

Two congressional Republicans have introduced a resolution that would stop the District of Columbia from allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives with the help of a doctor.

What insurance market fixes can the GOP cram into an ACA repeal bill?

What insurance market fixes can the GOP cram into an ACA repeal bill?

By Harris Meyer  |  January 13, 2017

Republicans risk crashing the individual insurance markets if they repeal the Affordable Care Act without immediately replacing it. That's the prevailing fear among policy experts, but it's not what some prominent insurance industry leaders are saying.

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