Providence Health & Services, the Renton, Wash.-based system that has been expanding rapidly on the West Coast, has decided not to pursue a deal that would have added more facilities in Alaska.
Price and utilization are the two basic components of the nation's healthcare tab, and wild differences in prices for common medical procedures appear to be driving it up.
The future of Moda Health is up in the air after two states clamped down on the floundering health insurer.
A state court judge plans to hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval.
States that rely on HealthCare.gov are still struggling to enroll people deemed eligible for Medicaid, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Medicaid agencies.
Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards will be sworn in to office Monday, and if he has his way, expansion of the state's Medicaid program won't be far behind.
High prescription drug prices pushed aside the never-ending wrangling over the Affordable Care Act as healthcare's No. 1 political and policy issue in 2015.
During the 2016 open enrollment for Affordable Care Act plans, exchange shoppers generally will see premium increases, though they vary sharply by plan and by market.