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Many health care components still uncertain as tax bill negotiations continue

December 7, 2017

Lawmakers are trying to reconcile the differences between the Senate tax bill passed Saturday and the House bill passed Nov. 16, leaving many unanswered questions about the future of health care.

The Senate version keeps the medical expense deduction in place, but strips the individual mandate to have health insurance or pay a penalty as required by the Affordable Care Act. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has predicted this change could lead to a 10% annual increase in premiums, with an estimated 4 million people dropping insurance by 2019 and 13 million by 2027.

Experts analyze Aetna, CVS merger

December 5, 2017
CVS agreed to acquire Aetna for $69 billion over the weekend in a proposed deal that The Washington Post said is the biggest health-care merger announced in more than a…

Puerto Rico-related medical product shortages continue months after Hurricane Maria

December 4, 2017
Medical manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico continue to struggle after Hurricane Maria tore through the island in September and knocked out the power grid, according…

Frontline physician groups alarmed by potential impact of Senate tax bill

December 4, 2017
In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Senate voted 51-to-49 to pass the final version of its tax bill. Senators received the revised 479-page bill just hours…
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