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State Highlights: Texas Bill To Curb ‘Surprise Medical Bills’ Now In Effect; Blue Cross Will Continue To Run N.C.’s State Health Plan

Media outlets report on news from Texas, North Carolina, Maine, Florida, California, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Louisiana and Minnesota. <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=770124&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

Pfizer-J&J Legal Brawl Could Set Precedent For Competition In Biosimilar Landscape

If Pfizer is successful, it could discourage brand name companies from using deals with insurers to limit competition in the emerging biosimilar market. If Pfizer loses, the case could highlight a strategy those companies could continue to use to deter competition.<img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=770118&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

Use Of Private Jets Justified Because Of Tom Price’s ‘Incredibly Demanding Schedule,’ Spokeswoman Claims

Each one of the chartered flights is estimated to have cost tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has advocated cost-cutting at his agency. His predecessors often traveled by commercial flights or on trains.<img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=770111&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

Given State Of Affairs Around Health Law, States Stuck Approving Sharp Premium Increases

Because of all the uncertainty in D.C., states like Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia are approving average rates for major insurers that are at least 25 percent higher than they were in 2017. Meanwhile, Department of Health and Human Services documents show that outreach efforts under the Obama administration actually were working.<img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=770202&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

Majority Of States Would Lose ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Amounts Of Funding Under Graham-Cassidy Bill

A new study by Avalere Health finds that red states would disproportionately benefit, while 34 states would be hit hard by cuts under the proposal for Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=770079&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

For GOP, Political Incentive Is ‘As Much Of A Reason As The Substance’ To Pass Repeal Bill

The driving force behind this last-ditch attempt for many lawmakers it the simple fact that they promised their constituents they'd make it happen. Meanwhile, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is once again in the spotlight with one of the deciding votes. And news organizations look at where other Republicans stand on the matter. <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=770095&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

Open Your Mouth And Say Goo-Goo: Dentists Treating Ever-Younger Patients

A shift in dental guidelines encourages first dental visits for infants as young as 6 months, or when the first baby teeth emerge. That makes some dentists uncomfortable.<img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=769823&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

Thoughts On Graham-Cassidy: ‘Bad Idea’; ‘Shoddiest’ Repeal Idea Yet; ‘Ideological Crusade’

Opinion writers offer dim views of the current measure being advanced by Senate Republicans to undo the Affordable Care Act. <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=769658&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

Perspectives: Drugmakers Love To Hide Behind R&D Costs. Are They Justified?

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.<img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=769246&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

This Caustic Crusader With A Knack For Making Enemies Has Especially Harsh Words For Pharma

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.<img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=khn.org&blog=7618883&post=769207&subd=kaiserhealthnews&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" />