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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      March 29, 2018
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  "The strong balance of objective evidence indicates that actual costs to states ... are negligible or minor, and that states across the political spectrum do not regret their decisions to expand Medicaid."

-Mark Hall, Nonresident Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institute's Center for Health Policy
  According to a report recently released by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, prices increased for every brand-name drug of the top 20 most-prescribed brand-name drugs for seniors in the last five years. On average, prices for these drugs increased 12% every year for the last five years—approximately ten times higher than the average annual rate of inflation. Although 48 million fewer prescriptions were written for the top 20 most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs for seniors between 2012 and 2017, total sales revenue resulting from these prescriptions increased by almost $8.5 billion during the same period.

Source: Homeland Security and Government Affairs
  Healthcare Deals Reach $156B so Far This Year
Becker's Hospital Review, March 29, 2018
The Government Wants to Free Your Health Data
Stat News, March 29, 2018
The Antitrust Case Against New Insurance Mergers
Axios, March 28, 2018

States Have No Regrets over Medicaid Expansion, Brookings Analyst Says
Fierce Healthcare, March 28, 2018

Aetna to Pass Discounts It Gets from Drug Companies Directly to Consumers
The Hill, March 27, 2018

Urgent Care Insurance Claims Rise Sharply, Faster than ED
HealthLeaders Media, March 26, 2018

Inside the Collapse of a Bipartisan Obamacare Deal
Politico, March 26, 2018

Genome Sequencing May Not Drive up Downstream Healthcare Costs
Becker's Hospital Review, March 26, 2018

Health Care Tops List of Americans’ Worries
The Hill, March 26, 2018

Organizations Ignoring the ACA Are at Financial Risk
The ACA Times, March 26, 2018

Health Insurance Market May Soon Split According to Healthy, Sick
Nashville Tennessean, March 26, 2018
  Accounting for Health Spending Growth: Observations from Past Several Years
Health Affairs, March 26, 2018

CVS-Aetna Wants to Be in Your Neighborhood - Zip Codes Shape People’s Health
The Washington Post, March 26, 2018
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Healthsprocket List 
  Top 11 Companies, Who Public Says Have "Too Much" Influence in Washington

1. Large Business: 76%
2. Pharmaceutical Companies: 72%
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Source: KFF Health Tracking Poll, March 2018
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