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October 18, 2017 | Daily News

The individual market stabilization deal struck by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) may face challenges and more tweaks, but health policy analysts say the measure's changes to 1332 waiver statute are a key step to the future of U.S. health care even if the cost-sharing reduction payment authorizations are just a short-term fix.

October 18, 2017 | Daily News

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), in their just-released market stabilization bill that funds the cost-sharing reduction payments for two years, agreed to amend 1332 statute to fast-track the waiver process, broaden the budget neutrality requirements, and set up the pass-through funding structure Alaska recently used for its reinsurance waiver.

October 18, 2017 | Daily News

Basic Health Program (BHP) funding would be held harmless from any reductions in projected funding under the state innovation waivers as part of the bipartisan market stabilization legislation unveiled Tuesday, a reaction to the administration's decision that is slated to cost Minnesota about $369 million if not reversed.

October 18, 2017 | Daily News

The ranking Democrat on the Senate health committee Monday (Oct. 16) slammed FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's proposal to delay implementation of the agency's updated nutrition facts rule, saying the move is detrimental to public health and creates uncertainty for industry and consumers.

October 17, 2017 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) reached a deal to fund the cost-sharing reduction payments for two years, allow all Americans to purchase catastrophic plans, restore ACA marketing funding via state outreach grant and provide “significant” changes to the Section 1332 waivers that would expand choices and speed up the approval process, according to Alexander's office.

October 17, 2017 | Daily News

The executive order that the president signed last week could drive healthy people to buy short-term and association health plans that are not required to cover drugs, but Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Executive Vice President Lori Reilly declined Tuesday (Oct. 17) to take a position on the policy.

October 17, 2017 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) questioned the merit of drug rebates at a hearing Tuesday (Oct. 17) on drug prices.

October 17, 2017 | Daily News

Lawmakers and states have turned their attention to overturning a statutory hurdle that keeps Medicaid funds from going to institutions of mental disease (IMD), and behavioral health experts and patient advocates believe that Congress and CMS may soon take actions to eliminate the Nixon-era rule.

October 16, 2017 | Daily News

Throughout the day Monday, the president declared the Affordable Care Act “dead” and claimed his move to abruptly end the law's reimbursements to insurers for reducing out-of-pocket costs sparked bipartisan work on a short-term market fix that he now supports.

October 16, 2017 | Daily News

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is working on an alternative fix to the Affordable Care Act that follows five principals, including improved transparency, expanded insurance choices, strengthened consumer-directed plans, and lower premiums in exchange for cost-sharing reduction funding.

October 16, 2017 | Daily News

House Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on how to pay for a five-year funding extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provider lobbyists say means the House GOP will likely have to accept CHIP legislation that Republican and Democratic senators are negotiating.

October 13, 2017 | Daily News

The suit that more than a dozen Democratic attorneys general filed Friday (Oct. 13) to block President Donald Trump from cutting off the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments argues that the law requires the government to pay those subsidies.

October 13, 2017 | Daily News

All eyes are back on the market stabilization negotiations between Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) as lawmakers from both parties and key health care lobbying groups call on Congress to quickly fund the ACA's cost-sharing reductions following President Trump's abrupt move to stop the payments late Thursday (Oct. 12).

October 13, 2017 | Daily News

The White House late Thursday announced it would immediately stop providing insurers the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments, prompting backlash from Democratic lawmakers and a certain lawsuit from the Democratic Attorneys General Association.

October 12, 2017 | Daily News

House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) said he thinks House Republicans could pass CHIP funding extension legislation without support from Democrats.

October 12, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) on Tuesday (Oct. 10) sent a letter to then-HHS Acting Secretary Don Wright and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting more information about why the Trump administration did not approve Oklahoma’s 1332 reinsurance waiver, and he asks whether other states will face similar delays when applying for reinsurance waivers.

October 11, 2017 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Democrats on Wednesday (Oct. 11) touted 340B providers and the programs run off of savings received through that drug discount program, but committee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) said he was worried about the lack of transparency and dearth of data on how the providers use the program.

October 11, 2017 | Daily News

More than half of the Senate signed on to a letter asking CMS to make sure proposed cuts to hospitals' 340B drug reimbursement don't affect the long-term success of the program, though the bipartisan group says reforms to the 340B drug discount program are needed.

October 11, 2017 | Daily News

A new industry-funded report from Oliver Wyman finds the Affordable Care Act's tax on most health insurance plans increased premiums by about 2.7 percent for 2018, and estimates premiums are on track to grow by similar amounts over the next 10 years.

October 11, 2017 | Daily News

The House appropriations bill to aid hurricane and wildfire responses does not include Puerto Rico's request for extra Medicaid funding, which may be a sticking point for getting House Democrats to vote for legislation that funds the Children's Health Insurance Program another five years.

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