HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers want to explore ways to reduce health care costs, including efforts taken by neighboring Massachusetts.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced the members of a new committee tasked with controlling rising health care costs.
The Statesman Journal reports the committee — made up...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city is facing a 25% increase in its health care costs, which is expected to add 4.5% to the municipal budget.
The opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion from 2015 through last year — and it may keep getting more expensive, according to a study released Tuesday by the Society of...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are launching a new health care cost estimator tool.
The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy has planned an event for Tuesday. The new cost...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is developing an electronic health information exchange to allow providers to access a patient's complete medical record to improve coordination of care, eliminate...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State regulators are urging Gov. Phil Scott to increase funding for Vermont's Medicaid program.
Green Mountain Care Board chairman Kevin Mullin wrote a letter to Scott...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Consumers, businesses and health care providers will be able to compare the cost and quality of medical care at Connecticut hospitals and provider networks online.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says he's concerned about rising health care costs and a lack of transparency that hurts consumers.
While much of the stock market sprints ahead powered by economic gains and investor confidence, the health care sector is limping behind.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nurses and technicians and support staff at an Ohio hospital are on strike after an agreement was not reached with management on issues including overtime policies and health...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado hospitals will have to report annual spending under a transparency law signed Thursday by Gov. Jared Polis.
The bipartisan effort is part of Polis' goal to reduce...
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a new Colorado hospital transparency law (all times local):
A new Colorado law requires hospitals to report their annual operating costs to the...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Senate has tentatively endorsed legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures to help lower health care costs.
ATLANTA (AP) — A bill authorizing Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue Medicaid waivers passed the state Senate on Tuesday amid criticism from Democrats that Republicans rushed to approve the governor's...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Republican leaders say they are working on a handful of bills to make health care costs more transparent for consumers.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor on Wednesday proposed bringing cheaper, Canadian prescription drugs to Florida as a way to cut health care costs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even without a history-making health care remake to deliver "Medicare-for-all," government at all levels will be paying nearly half the nation's health care tab in less than 10...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order aimed at curbing health care costs.
The Providence Journal reports the order issued Wednesday seeks to keep health care cost growth below 3.2 percent annually through 2022.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado on Thursday joined a growing number of states that want to cut certain prescription drug prices by importing licensed drugs from Canada.
The idea is central to Democratic Gov. Jared Polis' campaign to rein in health care costs for Coloradans, many of whom, especially in sparsely populated rural and mountain regions, pay some of the nation's highest insurance premiums.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering creating a program to reduce the prices of certain prescription drugs by importing them from Canada.
The Senate Health & Human Services Committee takes up a Democrat-sponsored bill on the subject Thursday.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers are hearing this week from the nominees chosen by the new Democratic governor to lead Maine agencies and roll out her plans to tackle the opioid crisis, climate change and health care costs.
Gov. Janet Mills' nominees to lead the state's financial, transportation, economic and community development, and marine resources agencies will appear in public hearings Tuesday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Executives at Garver say its wellness program, recently praised by the Centers for Disease Control, helps the North Little Rock engineering firm save on health care costs and is a boon to the retention, recruitment and productivity of its employees.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed an executive order creating an office to coordinate his administration's efforts to reduce health care costs.
Polis signed the order Wednesday.
Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera heads the new Office of Saving People Money on Health Care.
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DENVER (AP) — Democrats gaveled in their new Colorado legislative majority Friday, vowing to work for citizens not sharing in the state's growing economy by seeking to lower health care costs, enact paid family leave and protect air quality in this oil and gas-producing state.
The U.S. government told doctors Wednesday to consider prescribing medications that reverse overdoses to many more patients who take opioid painkillers in a move that could add more than $1 billion in health care costs.
Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, a doctor appointed by President Donald Trump, announced the guidance, saying it's important for doctors to discuss overdose dangers with patients.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's independently elected fiscal watchdog is urging state lawmakers to rein in pharmacy benefit managers, saying the companies are allowed to operate in secrecy in ways that let them profit while driving up health care costs.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released an 18-page report Tuesday saying many other states have taken action to force more transparency on pharmacy benefit managers.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A two-time cancer survivor and state lawmaker on Thursday accused Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers of lying when he blames Republican Gov. Scott Walker for rising health care costs, the latest salvo in a battle over who would best look out for people with pre-existing conditions.
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Transportation and health care costs are top concerns for disabled Wisconsin residents as the November election approaches, according to advocates for the disabled.
BOSTON (AP) — A November ballot question that would mandate strict nurse-to-patient ratios in Massachusetts hospitals would conservatively add between $676 million and $949 million in annual health care costs, according to an analysis released Wednesday by an independent state agency that was immediately disputed by a union representing nurses.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic U.S. senators are introducing separate but related legislation aimed at lowering health care costs.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's bill would cap the amount that hospitals could charge uninsured patients or patients with individual market coverage who receive treatment outside their provider network.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia teachers and state employees next year won't see the types of rising health care costs seen in many industries in recent years — at least not in 2019.
The Georgia Department of Community Health recently got approval from its board to keep premiums flat for the upcoming year for teachers and state employees.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announcing it's seeking to lower rates for next year's Affordable Care Act policies by 4.1 percent on average. (all times local):
The top executive at North Carolina's largest health insurer is crediting newly negotiated deals with doctors and hospitals for helping drive down the cost of the subsidized "Obamacare" policies it sells.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials plan to evaluate the state's prison health care system in order to save money.
Vermont Public Radio reports the Joint Fiscal Office opted to study the system following a 2017 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts that found that Vermont had the second highest per-inmate prison health care costs in the country. The state spent $13,737 per inmate in 2015.
BOSTON (AP) — A state watchdog group says a proposed merger between two major Massachusetts hospital systems could drive up health care costs in the state more than $250 million per year.
The Health Policy Commission's report released Wednesday says a merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Lahey Health System could mean $191 million more per year for inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services and almost $60 million more per year for specialty physician services.
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House is preparing to tackle a major health care bill that calls for $450 million in assessments on some larger hospitals and insurers.
The 127-page proposal is expected to reach the House floor later this week after Republican lawmakers unsuccessfully pushed for more time to review and offer amendments to the complex legislation.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislators say raising the fee North Carolina health officials charge to test newborns for additional genetic disorders is outweighed by the health benefits of early diagnosis and lower overall health care costs.
Budget-writers held a news conference Wednesday to discuss an item in this week's budget adjustments that would increase the state's newborn screening fee from $44 to $128
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal to create government price controls in California for surgeries, hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services died Friday when it failed to clear a key committee, but the author says he plans to bring it back next year.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a handful of GOP-backed bills related to health care.
Northam vetoed a bill that would have allowed all groups like the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to pool their members together in a group to shop for health insurance. Supporters said it would help reduce costs.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prisons are cutting mental health, substance abuse and re-entry programs to help make up for a $50 million shortfall in its health care and pharmaceuticals budgets.
Even prison chaplains and librarians will feel the sting for what the Department of Corrections blames on underfunding in the budget the Legislature approved in March.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa received nearly $51 million Thursday from tobacco companies — the state's annual share of a 1998 landmark legal settlement in which tobacco companies pay states for smoking-related health care costs.
The Iowa Attorney General's Office says that in the last 20 years, Iowa has received more than $1.2 billion in payments under the settlement.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's government would set prices for hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services under legislation introduced Monday, vastly remaking the industry in a bid to lower health care costs.
The proposal, which drew swift opposition from the health care industry, comes amid a fierce debate in California as activists on the left push aggressively for a system that would provide government-funded insurance for everyone in the state.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums.
But Congress' effort to stabilize the nation's insurance markets is faltering amid escalating demands by each party and erratic positions by President Donald Trump. Democrats want bigger federal subsidies for consumers under President Barack Obama's health care law while Republicans, still fighting that statute, aim to relax its coverage requirements and win abortion restrictions.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's $200 million plan to reduce health care costs for people purchasing insurance through the private marketplace won support from Wisconsin's health insurance providers, doctors and medical community at a public hearing Monday, even as Democrats raised concerns about its sustainability.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on public hearing on Gov. Scott Walker's health insurance, rural economic development bills (all times local):
Gov. Scott Walker's $200 million plan to reduce health care costs for people purchasing insurance through the private marketplace is winning support from Wisconsin's health insurance providers, doctors and medical community.
The Legislature's budget-writing committee heard the measure Monday.