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Affordable Care Act

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

WASHINGTON — The choices of Tom Price and Seema Verma for top health positions under Donald Trump have reaffirmed the president-elect’s commitment to toppling the Affordable Care Act. Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and fierce critic of Obamacare, was picked as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), while Verma,

Chain drug industry looks ahead at uncertain future

Chain drug industry looks ahead at uncertain future

For chain drug industry people, 2016 will be remembered as a year best forgotten — as much for the uncertainty of the future as for the problems of the past. As November ended and December began, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores brought industry leaders together in New York City for NACDS Week in

Value of NACDS evident as new era dawns

Value of NACDS evident as new era dawns

At the start of the month the National Association of Chain Drug Stores concluded a series of successful events in the nation’s economic and cultural capital. The much anticipated annual gathering, known as NACDS Week in New York, brings together leaders from the diverse constituents that comprise the chain pharmacy industry to take stock as

NACDS welcomes Trump’s HHS, CMS nominees

NACDS welcomes Trump’s HHS, CMS nominees

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said it’s ready to work with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Trump on Tuesday named U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) as HHS secretary and Seema

Trump win raises questions about future of health care

Trump win raises questions about future of health care

WASHINGTON — If Obama­care is repealed, what will replace it? That is the question in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump as president. Trump has vowed to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act as his first act in office. If the effort succeeds, some 22 million fewer Americans would have health insurance,

Big premium increases on the way for Obamacare plans

Big premium increases on the way for Obamacare plans

WASHINGTON — Premiums for health plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act will rise sharply next year, and insurer defections in some states will leave consumers with substantially fewer coverage options, the federal government reported. Premiums will increase, on average, 25% for mid-level plans on the federal health insurance exchange, according to the Department of

Poll: Prescription pricing tops health care concerns

Poll: Prescription pricing tops health care concerns

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Reining in prescription drug prices tops the list of health care priorities for Americans as they ready for a new president and Congress, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Of more than 1,200 U.S. adults surveyed in the health think tank’s latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, 74% said making high-cost drugs

HHS projects rise in ACA health coverage

HHS projects rise in ACA health coverage

It was just a blip — maybe you missed it — but health care was indeed mentioned in last night’s presidential debate in Las Vegas. And it wasn’t Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump that brought it up. During the discussion on the economy, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News tried to get the candidates to

Clinton, Trump diverge on health care

Clinton, Trump diverge on health care

WASHINGTON — Change is apparently looming for the Affordable Care Act, regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins the 2016 presidential ­election. Though it’s uncertain if health care will emerge as a topic at tonight’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada, the issue was the subject

Young enrollees sought for ACA

Young enrollees sought for ACA

WASHINGTON —  Seeking to boost the number of young people getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is employing targeted digital communications and social ­media. The White House Healthy Campus Challenge will engage college and university campuses in enrollment efforts nationwide. “We will work with administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and

Trump, Clinton part ways on health care policy

Trump, Clinton part ways on health care policy

NEW YORK — With the 2016 presidential election drawing near, health care has emerged as a policy area in which the two major candidates’ differences are strikingly clear. A useful starting point might be their respective approaches to prescription drug pricing. The Republican candidate, Donald Trump, created a sensation in January when he advocated allowing

Time of testing for Affordable Care Act looms

Time of testing for Affordable Care Act looms

WASHINGTON — The upcoming enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act will be pivotal, as hikes in premiums, withdrawals by insurance companies and sign-ups that fell short of targets have combined to call the law’s sustainability into question. Federal officials say the problems is surmountable and are driving to bolster the statute before President Obama

Lack of debate about health care troubling

Lack of debate about health care troubling

One of the more surprising aspects of the sad spectacle leading up to the election of a new president and new Congress in November is the lack of serious, sustained debate about health care. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, the nation embarked

Affordable Care Act up against more headwinds

Affordable Care Act up against more headwinds

WASHINGTON — The pullback of health insurance companies from the Affordable Care Act has focused a harsh light on President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Most recently, Aetna Inc. decided to drop out of ACA health insurance exchanges in 11 states with about two-thirds of the 778 counties where it now offers coverage. It will continue

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