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Despite prod by ACA, tax-exempt hospitals slow to expand community benefits

The federal health law’s efforts to get nonprofit hospitals to provide more community-wide benefits in exchange for their lucrative tax status has gotten off to a slow start, new research suggests. And some experts predict that a recent repeal of … Continue reading

January 16, 2018

Trump administration clears way to force some Medicaid enrollees to work

by Phil Galewitz The Trump administration early Thursday, January 11 initiated a pivotal change in the Medicaid program, announcing that for the first time the federal government will allow states to test work requirements as a condition for coverage. The … Continue reading

January 12, 2018

Drug overdose deaths plateau in California, soar nationally

By: Pauline Bartolone Even as the opioid crisis fueled overdose deaths across the nation, the number of Californians who succumbed to these and other drugs has remained stable, new federal data show. Deaths from opiates, cocaine and methamphetamines shot up … Continue reading

January 06, 2018

Trump admin relaxes financial penalties against nursing homes

The Trump administration — reversing guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama — is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury. The shift in the Medicare program’s … Continue reading

January 06, 2018

Bonus tucked into GOP tax bill for those aiming to deduct medical expenses

by Michelle Andrews Patients scored a victory in the tough negotiations over the Republicans’ overhaul of the tax code. The deduction that allows people with very high medical costs to shrink their taxable income by subtracting some out-of-pocket medical expenses … Continue reading

December 23, 2017

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