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House conservatives offer seniors better healthcare options with nothing taken away

“The conservative seems to have learned that lesson in their impressive new healthcare plan, particularly when it comes to the most important healthcare voters: seniors” reports washingtonexaminer.com. As a decidedly un-conservative president once said but didn’t mean, “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.” Seniors on Medicare don’t face any changes under the House conservative blueprint, except additional benefits at no cost to beneficiaries.HSA expansion is a hallmark of any Republican healthcare plan, but the Republican Study Committee plan particularly keeps seniors in mind.On top…

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Monday Sector Laggards: Energy, Healthcare

“Among energy ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLE), which is down 1.5% on the day, and up 6.10% year-to-date” writes Bnk Invest for nasdaq.com. Combined, COG and NBL make up approximately 1.7% of the underlying holdings of XLE. The next worst performing sector is the Healthcare sector, showing a 0.6% loss.In afternoon trading on Monday, Energy stocks are the worst performing sector, showing a 2.0% loss.Within that group, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (Symbol: COG) and Noble Energy Inc (Symbol: NBL)…

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Is Elizabeth Warren looking for safer ground in health care?

“That was a health-care plan” writes Chief Correspondent Covering for washingtonpost.com. Warren has sought to bring rigor to her policy proposals, and as every candidate and president has learned, health care is the knottiest, most complex and seemingly insoluble of the big issues.It opened her up to fresh charges that she was advocating a health-care plan that lacks majority support in the country and didn’t have a sound plan to pay for it.Warren has prided herself on being a fighter for the causes she believes in, and she and her…

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Trump’s team delivers a big win for patients by making health costs clearer

“Still, these efforts are tremendously important, for individual patients and systemic improvements and, eventually, a reduction in healthcare price inflation” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Conservatives long have said that free-market forces should provide the cure for the flaws and hyperinflation in our healthcare system.When it comes to improving the nation’s healthcare system, the Trump administration continues to do administratively some of the good things it hasn’t been able to do legislatively. With these rules, the healthcare system itself is getting healthier.Just about every person in the U.S. has had an experience of…

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Health stocks post best day in 10 months as Trump announces transparency rules

“A popular exchange-traded fund that tracks the health-care sector saw its best daily return in 10 months on Friday after the Trump administration proposed new rules aimed at making health-care prices more transparent” writes Jaimy Lee for marketwatch.com. The Trump administration proposed a rule that would require health insurers to disclose estimated out-of-pocket costs, including negotiated rates, to patients in advance of a procedure or office visit.It’s possible that the stocks gained on doubts on how the rules would be enforced. Source: marketwatch.com

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White House seeks disclosure of actual healthcare prices

“Officials say the rules would shine a spotlight on the confusing maze of healthcare prices, enabling informed patients to find services at the lowest cost” writes The Associated Press for latimes.com. New rules the Trump administration issued Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.Disclosure requirements for hospitals would not take effect until 2021; for insurers, the timing is unclear.It also would require insurers to disclose online the rates they negotiate for in-network providers,…

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Elizabeth Warren releases plan pledging to begin Medicare for All transition within first 100 days in office

“Elizabeth Warren released a plan on Friday to start transitioning the United States towards a universal healthcare system in her first 100 days in office” writes Joseph Zeballos-roig for businessinsider.com. The Vermont senator has already sponsored Senate legislation for universal healthcare and laid out a four-year transition period that hinges on passing his plan. Source: businessinsider.com

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Dispensed: Breaking down the Google-Ascension drama, the challenges a public Walgreens faces, and insiders’ concerns about a SoftBank-backed farming company

“It’s more that tech companies are increasingly going to have a hand in what’s going on with our health data” writes Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com. On Monday afternoon, The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Ascension, the second-largest health system in the US is working with Google. Source: businessinsider.com

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