DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis has signed legislation aimed at lowering prescription costs by importing drugs from Canada.
The Denver Post reports the bill signed Thursday will require...
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...
Some Alaska lawmakers say new ethics rules are too limiting
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state Sen. Shelley Hughes withdrew a health care bill she's been working on for more than two years and declined meetings on health care policy to avoid running afoul of new ethics rules she and other lawmakers see as too restrictive.
The ethics law passed last year details circumstances under which a lawmaker would have a conflict and limits what action the lawmaker can take if he or she has one.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Medical Association is endorsing Lt. Gov. Brad Little in the upcoming GOP gubernatorial primary election.
The group announced Friday that physician-leaders have confidence in Little's knowledge of health care policy issues to lead the state.
Democrats lay out health care plans in televised debate
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Three Democrats competing for a chance to flip a Kentucky congressional seat offered their plans Wednesday night to expand health care coverage and curb gun violence as they reached out to voters in a televised debate about a month before the primary election.
Indiana Gov. Holcomb avoid discussing many hot-button issues
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says he has opinions on major issues that are up for debate in the Statehouse and at the federal level but doesn't feel obligated to weigh in unless they directly relate to his legislative priorities.
"I'll get a lot more done carrying on with that approach," Holcomb said Friday during an interview with The Associated Press. "You get more done if you don't chase every issue of the day."
Arizona trying again to get Medicaid work requirement
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is trying again to get the federal government to approve a work requirement for some able-bodied adults in the state's Medicaid program.
The requested waiver from federal Medicaid rules outlined Thursday by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's health care policy adviser comes a year after the Obama Administration rejected work requirements.
Health insurance open enrollment starts in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizonans who don't qualify for Medicaid or get health insurance through their employer have just six weeks to shop on the healthcare.gov website for policies that take effect on Jan. 1.
Despite months of turmoil over the nation’s health care policy, you’ll still be able to buy an insurance plan starting Nov. 1.
The bad news? No one’s sure how much it’s going to cost.
Washington HealthPlanFinder, the state’s health insurance exchange, is gearing up for open enrollment, the period of the year where anyone can sign up for insurance for themselves and their families.
State senators unwrap sweeping health care reform package
BOSTON (AP) — A wide-ranging proposal unveiled by Massachusetts Senate leaders Tuesday to revamp the state's health care system establishes the now-familiar goals of lowering costs and providing residents with access to first-rate care regardless of where they live and how much they earn.
Susan Collins to announce Friday if she’ll run for governor
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins' office says she'll make an announcement on Friday about whether she'll run for governor of Maine.
The moderate Republican was first elected in 1996 and has played a pivotal role in the Senate in recent debates about health care policy. She said previously that she would decide during the Senate's weeklong Columbus Day recess whether to stay in Washington or run for governor.
Nitty-gritty of health care policy focus of 2-day hearing
BOSTON (AP) — The nitty-gritty of health care policy will be on the table when the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission hosts its annual health care cost trends hearing in Boston.
Organizers describe the two-day hearing Monday and Tuesday as a public event during which policymakers and researchers meet to discuss challenges and opportunities in improving care and reducing costs.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jeff Colyer is preparing to become Kansas' next governor after nearly a decade helping fellow conservative Republicans shape health care policy by drawing on his background as a plastic surgeon who squeezed in medical relief missions to disaster and war zones.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is getting closer to fulfilling his bold promise to repeal the nation's health care law. But Trump's pledges of affordable care for all and curbs on drug costs are not reflected in the GOP legislation advancing in Congress.
Since his campaign days, Trump has bypassed the details on health care policy, laying out his ideas in broad, emphatic riffs. Yet he made some clear promises along the way.
U.S. House candidates Rob Quist and Greg Gianforte differ sharply on laws affecting women’s health care, particularly abortion.
The candidates outlined their differences for Lee Montana Newspapers this week, particularly on whether abortion without government inference, a right protected by the 14th amendment, could still be changed. Both candidates then discussed federal funding of Planned Parenthood and federal health care policy affecting women.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Matt Dean announced Thursday that he's running for governor in 2018.
Nearly a dozen candidates are already in the running to replace Gov. Mark Dayton as both parties scramble to fill the seat after the two-term Democratic governor leaves office. But Dean is among the first top-tier Republican candidates.
To the editor,
No, Mr. President!
Obamacare is not going to “explode.” However, it could implode.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health care advocates in Wisconsin are gathering along with policy makers to discuss the proposed federal health care overhaul law as a vote nears in Congress.
Democratic opponents and people affected by the House Republican proposal also planned to speak out against it Thursday.
President Donald Trump said last week that "nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."
But the legislators, analysts and experts who have worked on health care bills in the past all knew how difficult the topic is.
Illinois asks Congress to be cautious on health law repeal
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has sent a letter to GOP congressional leaders asking them to avoid "hasty" or "incomplete" action as they proceed with a planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The Jan. 17 letter says Congress and the states "must work together" to achieve "important reforms" in health care policy. The letter is signed by Acting Illinois Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer, who was appointed by the Republican governor one month ago.
Indiana University same-sex partner benefits end Dec. 31
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — More than 20 Indiana University employees will lose health care coverage if they don't marry their same-sex partners by the end of the month.
University employees in same-sex relationships have relied on a domestic-partner health care policy offered since 2002, the South Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/2iIDSft ) reported.
Employees who applied for the benefit were required to sign an affidavit saying he or she would marry if the opportunity was available.
Kansas renews existing contracts for firms managing Medicaid
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has renewed its existing contracts for three companies managing the state's Medicaid program for another year through 2018.
Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer made the announcement Thursday in a tweet. He said, "Time will bring clarity from D.C" on health care policy.
Lawmakers form panel to prep for healthcare law changes
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state lawmakers are forming a new panel to monitor changes in federal health care policy under President-elect Donald Trump.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (goo.gl/mkHvum) reports that House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones and Senate Finance Co-Chairman Emmett W. Hanger Jr. are creating the panel to help lawmakers prepare for the changes to, or the repeal of, the Affordable Care Act.
Oklahoma lawmaker to receive Public Health Innovator Award
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's commissioner of health plans to present the state's Public Health Innovator Award to a state lawmaker who is also a physician.
Rep. Doug Cox of Grove will receive the award on Wednesday at the Oklahoma Turning Point Conference and Policy Day in Norman.
Oklahoma's health commissioner, Dr. Terry Cline, said Monday he will present the award to Cox for his continued efforts to create a better state of health in Oklahoma.