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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:


Winners And Losers Under The House GOP Health Bill

House Republicans have passed a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. If it is signed into law, the American Health Care Act will affect access to health care for millions of people in the U.S. NPR. May 4, 2017


GOP Senators to Draft Their Own Obamacare Replacement Bill

A top Senate Republican said Thursday that even though the House spent months on a health care bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the Senate will use that legislation as a starting point to draft a separate measure. Morning Consult. May 4, 2017.


What’s in the AHCA: The Major Provisions of the Republican Health Bill

The House health care bill up for a vote on Thursday would roll back the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, eliminate tax penalties for people who do not have health insurance and end taxes on certain high-income people, insurers, drug companies and manufacturers of medical devices to finance the current health law. NYTimes. May 4, 2017


Blue Shield CEO Says GOP’s ‘Flawed’ Health Bill Would Harm Sicker Consumers

The chief executive of Blue Shield of California, the largest insurer on the state’s insurance marketplace, issued a blunt critique of the Republican health care bill, saying it would once more lock Americans with preexisting conditions out of affordable coverage.

Kaiser Health News. May 3, 2017


NIH to get a $2 billion funding boost as Congress rebuffs Trump’s call for cuts

The National Institutes of Health will get a $2 billion funding boost over the next five months, under a bipartisan spending deal reached late Sunday night in Congress. The agreement marks a sharp rejection of President Trump’s proposal to cut $1.2 billion from the medical research agency in the current fiscal year. Stat News May 1, 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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