Regulations & Policy

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed charging hospitals that fail to post their list prices online as required. 

 

Johnson & Johnson will pay New York State $230 million in a settlement over a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer for its role in the opioid epidemic. 

 

A number of cases of heart inflammation will lead the FDA to slap a new warning label on two COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S.—the ones from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

In an effort to bridge divides in access to telehealth services, the American Medical Association has approved a new policy aimed at helping underserved communities and populations.

 

Deficiencies in healthcare systems are emerging in states with some of the fastest growing populations.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention has voted to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to children between 12 and 15, though a handful of states already lowered age restrictions on vaccines ahead of the vote.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services has overturned a Trump-era rule that would have allowed healthcare providers to discriminate against patients based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 

 

The Biden administration has backed the waiving of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, supporting a proposal from the World Trade Organization to improve worldwide vaccinations against the deadly virus.

 

The special enrollment period for healthcare insurance signup has proven popular after more than 528,000 people signed up for coverage on the Affordable Care Act marketplace during the first six weeks.

The American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief law that provided stimulus checks to most Americans, included several healthcare changes that will reduce costs for many Americans. The Biden administration is now preparing to spend $50 million in advertising to promote those healthcare changes,

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Illumina, a gene sequencing firm, in an effort to stop its proposed $7.1 billion acquisition of life sciences firm Grail. 

 

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, better known as the COVID-19 stimulus package, includes not only $1,400 in cash for every eligible American but also provisions to cut health insurance premiums. The move is proving a boon to retirees, Market Watch is reporting. 

 

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