Yusra Murad

Yusra is a reporter at Morning Consult covering health care.


Morning Consult Health, Presented by PhRMA: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Yusra Murad   Week in Review Department of Health and Human Services Congressional appropriators have approved $90.5 billion in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $2.3 billion increase over last year. The spending package also designates $3.8 billion to address the opioid crisis, which includes funding for addiction treatment services, rural […]

Morning Consult Health: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Yusra Murad   Week in Review Affordable Care Act During the second day of his confirmation hearings, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said he could not “give specifics” about how he would vote on the Affordable Care Act provision that requires insurers cover pre-existing conditions, which the Justice Department has said it will not defend. […]

Morning Consult Health: Senate Expected to Vote on Opioid Package Next Week

By Yusra Murad Top Stories The Senate will vote next week on bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis, according to Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and a spokesman for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The bill, which focuses on ceasing the inflow of synthetic drugs and expanding prevention, treatment and recovery programs, will need to […]

Morning Consult Health, Presented by Purdue Pharma: Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Saved CMS $313.7 Million in 2017

By Yusra Murad Top Stories Medicare accountable care organizations saved the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services $313.7 million in 2017, according to new CMS data. This follows a $39 million loss generated by the program in 2016, and one researcher attributed the improvement to ACOs’ gaining experience and moving toward risk-based contracts. (Modern Healthcare) […]

Morning Consult Health, Presented by Purdue Pharma: CMS to Pay $468.5 Million to New York, Minnesota for Lost Cost-Sharing Subsidies

By Yusra Murad Top Stories The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pay $468.5 million to New York and Minnesota combined after both states brought forth cases against the Trump administration in response to losing funding for Affordable Care Act programs that provide health care to low-income residents. The elimination of cost-sharing reductions by […]

Morning Consult Health, Presented by Purdue Pharma: CMS Allows Illinois’ Expansion of Obamacare Coverage to Include Opioid Addiction Treatment

By Yusra Murad Top Stories The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved Illinois’ request to add coverage for the treatment and prevention of opioid addiction to the medical services provided by Obamacare insurers. Naloxone prescriptions, telepsychiatry for addiction and mental health concerns, and alternative therapies for chronic pain will be covered by insurers […]