Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:
Kaiser Health News reports: The health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act are in their third year of selling health insurance plans to people who don’t get insurance through work.
Kaiser Health News, January 27, 2017
The Hill reports: As House and Senate Republicans unveiled an aggressive plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act within the next three months, disagreement over two Senate bills introduced this week shows the stark divide within the party over a way forward.
The Hill, January 26, 2017
Becker's Hospital Review reports: President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 20 to reduce the economic burden of the ACA. Fourteen academics and leaders of healthcare companies and hospitals discuss the executive order's implications on hospitals and physicians.
Becker's Hospital Review, January 24, 2017
Politico reports: A federal judge has blocked Aetna’s merger with Humana after finding that the health insurers’ $37 billion deal would leave seniors with fewer and costlier options for private Medicare coverage.
Politico, January 23, 2017
Becker's Hospital Review reports: With the deadline fast approaching to close the merger between Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens Boots Alliance and Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid, Federal Trade Commission lawyers still have concerns about the transaction, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
Becker's Hospital Review, January 23, 2017