Trump says Medicare should negotiate drug prices; Advocates want Connecticut to embrace Medicaid waivers;

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> Advocates say health coverage might be more accessible and affordable in Connecticut if the state were to apply for Affordable Care Act and Medicaid waivers, the Middletown Press reports. Article

> Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller has proposed protections for healthcare consumers against surprise balance bills, according to Healthcare Payer NewsArticle

>Embracing a position Democrats have championed and Republicans have opposed for years, Donald Trump said that he could save Medicare billions of dollars by allowing it to negotiate drug prices directly with pharmaceutical companies, according to article PoliticoArticle

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> Drug shortages in hospital emergency departments have increasing more than 400 percent since 2008. Article

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> A budget impasse in Pennsylvania is threatening a half dozen rural facilities in the northeastern and central part of the state. Gov. Tom Wolf's decision to line-item veto regarding critical access hospital funding cost the critical access facilities $17.5 million in direct funding from the state, and another $18.5 million in federal matching funds. Article

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