Bipartisan Support Shown for Ending Surprise Medical Bills

Republicans and Democrats may not be able to agree on much these days but a bipartisan push to stop surprise medical billing is coursing through Congress as health care industry leaders met with lawmakers Tuesday to urge support of legislation that removes the financial guesswork for patients.

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Judge Looks Unlikely to Nix Rule for Short-Term Health Plans

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., appeared skeptical Tuesday of arguments from a collection of advocacy groups and health insurance providers trying to strike down a Trump administration rule easing restrictions on short-term insurance plans that do not need to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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Judge Rules FEMA Must Reconsider Floodplains Plan

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday to block the Federal Emergency Management Agency from moving forward with its plans to offer flood insurance to developers and property owners in 100-year flood zones in California, finding that the agency failed to consider effects development might have on endangered wildlife in those areas.

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Washington State Offers First Public Option Insurance in US

Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid to providers.

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