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Friday, 17 February 2017

GOP senators aren’t coalescing around a repeal of Medicaid expansion despite the House GOP's release of a policy brief that would pull back the Affordable Care Act's expansion of the program.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Employers who had braced for a cap on the unlimited tax exclusion as part of the GOP repeal and replace plan expressed no relief that the policy did not appear in the House leadership's policy paper presented at a closed-door congressional meeting Thursday (Feb. 16), especially as lawmakers told reporters the policy had been under discussion.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) announced in a Feb. 16 floor speech that he will craft a legislative solution to price hikes associated with the orphan drug program, following news of an expected increase in the cost of a newly approved drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Eight states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act included statutory triggers to end their expansion programs should Congress reduce the enhanced federal match below levels guaranteed by the ACA, according to a paper by Manatt Health Solutions obtained by Inside Health Policy.

Friday, 17 February 2017

CMS Administrator-nominee Seema Verma said Thursday (Feb. 16) that she does not support giving vouchers for Medicare beneficiaries to buy insurance, she supports extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Plan for eight years, she’ll help Congress investigate EpiPen Medicaid rebates and she’ll make innovation center demonstrations voluntary.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The health insurance lobby and congressional Republicans are both on board a policy proposal that would allow consumers to deposit any excess premium tax credits into a health savings account.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

House Energy & Commerce Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) introduced a bill that would prevent individuals from being denied insurance based on their health status when the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) says he does not support the GOP's newly unveiled plan to simultaneously repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act using a beefed-up version of the 2015 reconciliation bill.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Key Senate Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to explain why benefits of regulation are not being considered in his two-for-one executive order aimed at scaling back regulations.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

House Republican leaders are floating a paper that offers details on how they plan to go about repealing and replacing the ACA: The 2015 reconciliation bill will continue to be used as a foundation to repeal the ACA’s mandate penalties, taxes and subsidies, but will add in replacement features such as expanded health savings accounts, high-risk pools, refundable, advanceable tax credits, and a state option of moving to per-capita or block grants for Medicaid after a transition period.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

House Republicans outline a plan to pull back Medicaid expansion and convert Medicaid into a per-person pay system in a health care policy brief obtained by Inside Health Policy.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Members of the House Freedom Caucus stood firm on their position that Congress needs to repeal Medicaid expansion at a Wednesday (Feb. 15) press conference where Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) announced his House companion bill to the Affordable Care Act replacement by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Shortly after Senate Republicans met with HHS Secretary Tom Price, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-NC) unveiled his companion bill to Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Obamacare Replacement Act that expands health savings accounts, offers a $5,000 per beneficiary tax credit for those paying into an HSA and eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s essential health benefits.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

After a meeting with newly tapped HHS Secretary Tom Price, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said stabilizing the individual insurance market is the first step in repealing and replacing the ACA.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

After meeting with Tom Price Wednesday, Republicans said the newly tapped HHS secretary will be a key player in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act but would not say whether the administration or Congress would take the lead on dealing with the health care law.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

GOP lawmakers say newly tapped HHS Secretary Tom Price assured them that a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is still front and center in the new administration, but did not offer many details on the plan to get rid of the health care law.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Mental health advocates pressed members of the Senate Appropriations HHS subcommittee to protect the Medicaid program -- including expansion -- at a hearing on mental health Wednesday (Feb. 15), and also pushed for more community health center funding.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Top House Energy & Commerce Democrats wrote to the president Wednesday (Feb. 15) asking whether key National Institutes of Health jobs are exempt from the federal hiring freeze, warning the bipartisan 21st Century Cures law and future federal leadership on biomedical leadership could be crippled if critical positions aren't exempted.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Humana on Tuesday announced that it will not participate in the ACA marketplaces in 2018 due to concerns over the risk pools, prompting Democrats and Republicans to place blame on one another.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) chaired a Feb. 14 meeting with House Republican lawmakers to outline for their Republican colleagues the differences between per-capita caps and block grants as the GOP plans to include Medicaid changes within their first budget reconciliation.

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