Centene Corp. has agreed to sell health plans in 14 Nevada counties that had been at risk of having no coverage options through the Affordable Care Act next year. The agreement leaves only two counties in the United States without Obamacare coverage options.
Google has acquired health-monitoring startup Senosis Health, in the internet giant’s latest foray into digital health. Founded by computer scientist Shwetak Patel, Senosis has developed apps that use enhanced cameras, accelerometers and microphones of modern-day smartphones as a new type of health care diagnostic tool.
The Congressional Budget Office plans to release a report this week on the estimated cost of ending cost-sharing reduction payments. Uncertainty over the administration’s commitment to making these payments has caused insurers to suggest premium increases and exit health care exchanges.
President Donald Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for not doing more to curb opioid abuse, but he offered few specific details for how he would confront the crisis. Trump later announced he is declaring the epidemic “a national emergency.”
Fourteen health organizations sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recommending ways to stabilize the individual insurance markets and reduce premiums. The group, led by the American Heart Association, recommended continuing cost-sharing reduction payments and outreach efforts.
To confront rising rates of opioid abuse, at least 17 states are placing tight restrictions on the number of powerful prescription painkillers doctors can prescribe. The moves have raised alarms among some physicians.
A California woman filed a lawsuit accusing CVS Health Corp. of overbilling customers who used insurance to buy certain generic medicines and hiding that the medicines’ cash price was cheaper because of agreements with pharmacy benefit managers who get the extra co-pay money.
Physicians who graduated from lower-ranked medical schools prescribe nearly three times as many opioids per year as those who attended top-tier institutions, according to a new study that sheds new light on how prescribing practices could contribute to the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic.
Bipartisan efforts in Congress to shore up the Affordable Care Act’s individual exchanges could come too late for insurers, who need to finalize premium prices in most states within the next two weeks and sign final contracts for 2018 by the end of September.
Senate Republicans left Washington for the August recess without a clear path forward on health care. GOP leaders want to move onto other issues, while conservatives hope to revive the push to repeal the Affordable Care Act and centrists aim to bolster the law’s exchanges for next year.