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Blue Shield Lost Its Tax Exemption Last Year. Who’s Next?

After 75 years, Blue Shield of California is tax-exempt no more. With a slew of bills and audits underway across the nation, experts say to expect further scrutiny of not-for-profit insurers and hospitals — and possibly, a wave of other health care organizations losing tax-exempt status, too.

Are State Innovation Waivers the Future of Health Care Reform?

Some experts say that state innovation waivers, which will be available in 2017 under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, could move health reform efforts forward — particularly in states that have been reluctant to support the law. Are such waivers the future of health reform, or, as critics contend, a slippery slope that could weaken the ACA?

What Obamacare Didn’t Do

The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Americans get access to health insurance. It’s credited with lowering the nation’s uninsured rate to record lows. But what promises has the law failed to keep?

The Quiet Threats to Obamacare

The Supreme Court case King v. Burwell has drawn a lot of attention because of its potential to hobble the Affordable Care Act. Even if the law survives the high court challenge, there are a number of other, less-obvious challenges facing Obamacare.

The Measles Outbreak Is a Big Story. This One’s Bigger.

Vaccination news has dominated the headlines, but there’s a much bigger health policy story that stands to shake up the industry, experts say: Medicare’s new proposal to shift how it pays hospitals and doctors, which could ultimately transform health care’s decades-old fee-for-service system.