With Election Day less than two weeks away, the Trump administration tried to pivot away from Democrats’ attacks that they are out to dismantle health insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions. The administration made three health care moves over the course of the week, including addressing high prices paid by the Medicare program for drugs administered in doctors’ offices and outpatient facilities. Officials also released a proposed regulation that could strengthen the individual insurance market — by making it easier for employers to provide workers with funds so they can purchase their own health insurance. But the third action of the week could make the individual market more unstable — by providing a route for allowing states to use federal subsidies to let healthier individuals purchase less comprehensive coverage. This week’s panelists for KHN’s “What the Health?” are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner and Alice Ollstein of Politico. Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast: The administration’s latest salvo in the battle against high drug prices deals with Medicare Part B drugs, which are those usually given for serious diseases like cancer or arthritis and are administered in a doctor’s… Read full this story
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