CMS will allow Nebraska to offer extra benefits to people newly eligible for coverage under the state's Medicaid expansion if they agree to follow work and wellness requirements. Experts think Nebraska's approach could beat legal challenges.
The lower premiums and added insurance companies show the federal insurance marketplace continues to stabilize after a rough few years of regulatory uncertainty, premium hikes and dwindling choice of health plans.
Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion.
Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's top public health official, said hospitalizations have declined in part because the state is testing more people, allowing public health officials to trace positive cases and put people into "supportive isolation."
The pledge raises the possibility that California residents might not receive a vaccine as distribution begins in other states, though the governor said widespread vaccinations are unrealistic until sometime next year.
For all of the challenges the pandemic has posed for the industry, many executives believe there’s at least one silver lining: a greater emphasis on the need to adopt new payment and care delivery models.