PRACTICE NEWS
Poll: Many Americans Concerned About ACA Repeal
 

Only one in five Americans support a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new HealthDay/Harris Poll reveals. The poll was conducted online April 26 to 28 among 2,184 adults aged 18 and older. Demographic figures were weighted to align with the U.S. population. According to the poll results, 21% of adults want to repeal and replace the ACA, two-thirds want the law kept in place and improved where needed, and 8% want the law kept as is.


Fri, 05 May 2017 BREAKING NEWS
House Delays Vote on Obamacare Overhaul
 

The Republican pledge to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act remains on hold. The GOP had hoped to replace the health reform law with its own version, but those efforts broke down Thursday evening when it became clear there weren’t enough votes in the House of Representatives to do so. The White House had been hoping for a GOP victory with health legislation before Saturday, which marks President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.


Fri, 28 Apr 2017 BREAKING NEWS
‘Right-to-Try’ Laws: A Patient’s Best Last Chance or False Hope?
 

Advocates of a “right-to-try” law are still hoping to gain support for federal legislation to allow gravely ill patients to access experimental treatments. Critics argue that such a measure is unnecessary — the FDA has streamlined its compassionate use process and approves nearly every request it receives. On Tuesday, ASCO issued a statement saying such laws “lack adequate patient protections and do not remove any of the major barriers patients face in accessing investigational drugs outside of clinical trials.”


Thu, 06 Apr 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Analysis: Millions Would Lose Health Coverage Under GOP Overhaul
 

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that 14 million more people would be uninsured by 2018 under the Republicans’ plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act. The non-partisan budget office said this number could rise to 24 million by 2026, following proposed GOP changes to Medicaid and to the subsidies provided to individual buyers of marketplace coverage that are part of Obamacare. The Republican plan would save the federal government $337 billion over the next decade, the CBO said.


Tue, 14 Mar 2017 BREAKING NEWS
New Health Care Bill Clears House Committee
 

A House panel cleared the Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act amid growing backlash from consumer and medical groups that oppose the GOP plan. Following a marathon session, the House Ways and Means committee approved the plan, rejecting Democratic amendments. Meanwhile, the Energy and Commerce Committee continued to debate the measure. Seven major hospital groups have joined major physician and consumer organizations in opposing the GOP replacement plan, including the American Hospital Association.


Thu, 09 Mar 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Patient Organizations Offer Advice on Reforming Obamacare
 

The U.S. Congress needs to focus on certain areas as it considers changes to the Affordable Care Act, a coalition of 11 major patient groups has announced. “Our organizations will evaluate any proposed changes based on a set of Consensus Health Care Reform Principles we believe necessary to provide affordable, accessible and adequate coverage for all Americans,” the coalition said in a statement. In addition, patients with pre-existing conditions shouldn’t face higher premiums, the group said.


Tue, 07 Mar 2017 BREAKING NEWS