California AG Becerra leads coalition against proposed Title X changes
A group of 13 state attorneys general, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, have filed a letter opposing the Trump administration's planned changes to the Title X program.
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule in May that would block family planning providers from receiving Title X funds if they make abortion referrals. The plan, the attorneys general write, does not take the costs to women, states and healthcare providers into account.
California operates the country's largest Title X program, which serves 1 million people per year.
"Making it harder for millions of women to access healthcare doesn't make America great," Becerra said. "This illegal rule gags our nation's doctors and denies patients information they need to make the best decisions for their health and families." (Announcement)
UNC Health Care hospital offering patients 70% off outstanding bills ahead of sale
UNC Health Care is offering patients a big discount on outstanding bills at High Point Regional hospital ahead of its sale to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The health system said it will write off the remaining 70% of outstanding bills if patients pay 30% in full by Aug. 15. The discount is applicable to bills incurred on or before June 1.
UNC said it hopes the discount is a "win-win" for both patients and the system as the sale nears.
"UNC Health Care is seeking to settle as many accounts as possible prior to the transaction close," it said. "This is a common practice within the industry." (Winston-Salem Journal)
MDLive closes $50M funding round
MDLive closed a $50 million investment funding round this week, which was led by two of its biggest partners, Cigna and Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC).
MDLive CEO Richard Berner said the investments solidify the longstanding relationship between the insurance companies and the telehealth provider. Health Velocity Capital also made significant investments.
"This not only signals an endorsement from existing clients for us but from the industry overall," Berner said. (FierceHealthcare)