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Judge's Obamacare ruling creates long-term uncertainty

Judge's Obamacare ruling creates long-term uncertainty

By Matthew Weinstock  |  December 16, 2018

A federal judge's ruling invalidating the Affordable Care Act has yet again plunged the industry into an era of uncertainty. But industry groups aren't yet focused on long-term contingency plans as they hope an appeal will save the law.

Week Ahead: CHI-Dignity set to become one

Week Ahead: CHI-Dignity set to become one

By Matthew Weinstock  |  December 15, 2018

As the year comes to a close, CHI-Dignity are poised to create a mega health system. Meanwhile, in D.C., budget drama unfolds like a reality T.V. show.

Revised U.S. organ transplant policy probed by senators

Revised U.S. organ transplant policy probed by senators

By Susannah Luthi  |  December 14, 2018

Two senators told HHS Secretary Alex Azar they disagree with the recent overhaul of U.S. organ transplant policy, the first sign that Congress is interested in getting involved in the issue.

Judge strikes down ACA as unconstitutional

Judge strikes down ACA as unconstitutional

By Erica Teichert and Susannah Luthi  |  December 14, 2018

A federal judge in Texas on Friday struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional, ruling that the law's individual mandate could not be severed from the rest of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law. The White House says the ACA will stand during the appeals process.

Medicaid overspends billions on supplemental payments

Medicaid overspends billions on supplemental payments

By Susannah Luthi  |  December 14, 2018

A federal advisory panel for Medicaid wants HHS to better monitor Medicaid's biggest supplemental payment program for hospitals after finding that states have been overspending billions of dollars.

Medicare deregulation bills introduced by House Republicans

Medicare deregulation bills introduced by House Republicans

By Susannah Luthi  |  December 11, 2018

House Ways and Means Committee Republicans released a packet of bills to roll back Medicare regulations on hospitals. But the GOP won't steer the committee's legislative priorities next year.

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