Policy and Legislation

August 18, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Remember the so-called death panels? When Congress debated the Affordable Care Act in 2009, the legislation originally included a provision that would have allowed Medicare to reimburse doctors when they meet with patients to talk about end-of-life care.

July 7, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Not only are many hospitals getting sizable federal drug discounts, some may be over-prescribing, according to the Government Accountability Office.

June 29, 2015 | Jay Hancock

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will probably boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans, say analysts and benefits consultants.

June 25, 2015 | Anthony Brino

The Blues have been accused of running health insurance like a mafia for years, but now lawsuits could stick and compromise the family's future.

June 10, 2015 | Anthony Brino

AHIP's new CEO will need to continue the legacy of defending an industry, as well as help shape policies and market approaches for the still uncertain era of value.

June 10, 2015 | Anthony Brino

The pernicious effects of America's sedentary culture in many ways mirror the country's expensive, convoluted healthcare system. Powerful healthcare institutions, though, can help change the course on the local level, advocates argue.

May 26, 2015 | Anthony Brino

As California goes, so goes the country in capping consumer costs for medicines? That's what patient advocacy groups and and some pharmaceutical companies may be hoping.

May 22, 2015 | Tom Sullivan

As dry as the decision may appear, insurers literally have millions of dollars on the line when CMS comes knocking. That makes picking the right auditor, and doing so the first time, absolutely critical.

May 21, 2015 | Anthony Brino

The chief lobbyist for American health insurance is taking a job at a regional nonprofit insurer, after shaping a once-in-a-generation reform aimed at benefiting both the public and the industry.

May 20, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Aetna has found itself in the odd position of being fined for covering something some members wanted, while not being fully up to speed covering another condition.

May 18, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Health insurers in one large West Coast state now have to disclose claims data that for decades was proprietary, in a reluctant but heralded move towards transparency.

May 15, 2015 | Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

The federal government clarified that insurers can’t charge people for anesthesia administered during a preventive colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer, although there are unresolved questions.

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