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Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

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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:


Industry Hopeful Senate Health Care Debate Focuses on Policy, Not Politics

The health care industry is hopeful senators will be more receptive to outside groups than their House colleagues were, as the Senate takes the reins on overhauling the Affordable Care Act. Morning Consult. May 11, 2017


Senate GOP making tax credits look more like … Obamacare

There’s growing support for making the tax credits more generous for poorer people. Senate Republicans are working on a potential breakthrough that could help push through an Obamacare repeal bill – by making insurance subsidies look a lot like Obamacare.

Politico May 11, 2017


CMS Gives States Until 2022 To Meet Medicaid Standards Of Care

The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping elderly and disabled people receive Medicaid services without being forced to go into nursing homes. Kaiser Health News. May 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Aetna Fully Exits Obamacare Exchanges With Pull-Out in Two States

The New York Times reports: Health insurer Aetna Inc said on Wednesday it will exit the 2018 Obamacare individual insurance market in Delaware and Nebraska - the two remaining states where it offered the plans. NYTimes. May 10, 2017


Who will decide what the Senate’s health bill looks like? Follow the Medicaid-state senators.

The Senate has broken into a series of “working groups” to begin writing its own version of legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. There’s the leadership-driven group, a group of moderates and there was talk about a more conservative group before it was mostly absorbed into the leadership group. The Washington Post. May 9, 2017


These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.


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