Biden Proposes Richer Health Premium Tax Credits
President-elect Joe Biden has included health insurance provisions in his American Rescue Plan package that he unveiled Thursday in Wilmington, Delaware. In a package fact sheet sent to reporters, the Biden-Harris transition team says the health insurance provisions in the package would preserve and expand health coverage. Read more.
Ban on Surprise Medical Bills Could Reshape U.S. Air Ambulance Industry
New legislation to end surprise medical billing could spell far-reaching changes for the U.S. air ambulance industry, slashing profits associated with exorbitant balance bills and laying the groundwork for future reimbursement policies that incentivize safety and quality. Passed by Congress in late December as part of the omnibus spending and Covid relief bill, the No Surprises Act prohibits most emergency and non-emergency medical providers from surprising patients with bills not covered by their insurers because the providers were out of network. Read more.
Defazio Bill on Health Insurance Signed into Law
Congressman Peter DeFazio has announced that the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act was signed into law late last week. DeFazio said the bill promotes access to affordable health care by increasing transparency and enhancing consumer protections in the health insurance industry. Read more.
Biden Selects Transgender Doctor Rachel Levine As Assistant Health Secretary
President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will nominate Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s top health official, as his assistant secretary of health. Levine, a pediatrician, would become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Read more.
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