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FTC, 17 States File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Amazon
The long-expected antitrust action against Amazon finally came last week with the filing of a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western...
NC Budget Would Preempt Local Government Minimum Wage Rates
The state budget ( HB 259 ) approved largely along party lines this month in North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature includes...
Medicaid Expansion Coming to NC in December
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced last week that the state will launch Medicaid expansion on Dec. 1, which will leave just 10 states that haven’t...
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act , which among other things required state Medicaid programs to keep people continuously enrolled...
Biden Administration Seeks to Exclude Medical Debt from Credit Scores
The Biden administration announced plans to develop new rules that would prevent unpaid medical bills from counting towards consumers’...
This month the legislatures of Connecticut (SB 3) and Nevada (SB 370) have both passed and sent to their respective governors measures aimed at protecting the privacy of consumer health data, including information associated with abortion and transgender procedures.
New York’s Senate passed similar legislation (SB 158) this month, but it failed to win approval in the Assembly before it adjourned on June 8.
The three states are following in the footsteps of Washington, where Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a consumer health data privacy measure (HB 1155) into law in April. (PLURIBUS NEWS, STATE NET)
Over a million Americans have lost their Medicaid coverage since states began resuming their continuous eligibility checks and disenrollments, which were suspended during the pandemic. Most of the individuals dropped from the program failed to submit the required paperwork, according to federal and state data. (KFF HEALTH NEWS)
Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) signed a bill (SB 232) extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for new mothers for up to 12 months after giving birth. Nevada is the 35th state to extend such coverage for a full year, and five other states—Mississippi, New York, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming—are planning to do the same (PLURIBUS NEWS, NEVADA CURRENT, KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION).
Healthcare spending will grow faster than the U.S. economy over the next decade, according to actuaries at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The actuaries predict that health spending will increase by an average of 5.4 percent per year between 2022 and 2031, compared to an estimated annual GDP growth rate of 4.6 percent. (FIERCE HEALTHCARE)
—Compiled by SNCJ Managing Editor KOREY CLARK
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