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Security experts account for the jump by saying that hacking has gotten easier and more organizations are now reporting incidents. In other health industry news, UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley steps down and the insurer’s current president David Wichmann will take over the position.
One emergency room doctor’s tale sparks debate in the medical community. Meanwhile, other medical personnel news from around California are reported today.
President Donald Trump is expected to issue a regulation allowing employers with religious objections to omit coverage for contraception from their workers’ insurance plans. In other Trump administration news: the Department of Health and Human Services names 14 people to its mental health panel; the cancellation of several payment reforms is complicating efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to promote value-based care; and the National Parks Service lifts a ban on selling plastic water bottles in the parks.
These payments, known as cost-sharing reductions, are paid to health plans to offset the costs of providing coverage to low-income consumers. The decision, which drew criticism from some congressional conservatives, signals, for now, that the administration has decided against triggering a collapse of the health law’s individual market. This step could create a window of time and opportunity for Congress to pass some fixes to stabilize the markets.
Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb speaks with USA Today. In other pharmaceutical industry news, biopharma companies spend big on lobbying lawmakers. And drugmakers walk a fine line between pricey innovation and consumers’ fiscal tolerance.
The Congressional Budget Office found that if President Donald Trump opts to halt certain insurance subsidies it would increase the federal deficit by $194 billion and cause the premium costs for a popular Obamacare plan to increase significantly.
The Business Journal examines the likely choices facing Covered California enrollees in the Central Valley. In national marketplace news, Nevada’s insurance “bare markets” now appear to be covered with a Centene deal.
In a quick response to the announcement from Merck’s chief Kenneth Frazier, the president tweeted that the decision would give Frazier “more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”
Bay Area registered nurse Maria Sanchez and her husband have been given 90 days to leave the country. Some of her Highland Hospital colleagues are calling on immigration officials to halt the order.
“It’s shameful that ICE is ripping her away from her family, her home, and the patients who need her,” he said in a statement.
The Merced-based clinic, which recently filed for bankruptcy and is involved in a variety of lawsuits, announced in a notice on the doorway that all of its clinics closed as of Aug. 1. Meanwhile, in Oxnard, St. John’s Regional Medical Center announced plans to expand its emergency room as part of a $20 million expansion project.