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GOP Health Reform

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration is pushing ideas that could improve health care price transparency but says those steps will be futile without changes that put consumers in direct control of their health spending.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Arkansas told a federal judge evaluating the legality of the state’s Medicaid work requirements to ignore early data showing substantial coverage losses in the early months of the program.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Technology firm HealthSherpa on Tuesday (Dec. 4) announced it is the first private sector partner approved by CMS to use the new enhanced direct enrollment pathway to sign up consumers for exchange plans, confirming news first reported by Inside Health Policy last week.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Technology firm HealthSherpa on Tuesday (Dec. 4) announced it is the first private sector partner approved by CMS to use the new enhanced direct enrollment pathway to sign up consumers for exchange plans, confirming news first reported by Inside Health Policy last week.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Technology firm HealthSherpa on Tuesday (Dec. 4) announced it is the first private sector partner approved by CMS to use the new enhanced direct enrollment pathway to sign up consumers for exchange plans, confirming news first reported by Inside Health Policy last week.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

HHS is pushing Congress to consider more site-neutral pay policies in Medicare, repeal the Affordable Care Act’s limit on physician-owned hospitals, relax telehealth restrictions and give Medicare beneficiaries more access to health savings accounts, as part of a new Trump administration report on ways to increase health care choice and competition.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration released a series of health policy recommendations Monday (Dec. 3) that officials say would reduce barriers to competition in the individual and other markets, including loosening network adequacy restrictions, expanding access to health savings accounts, eliminating the employer mandate and altering the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provisions.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration released a series of health policy recommendations Monday (Dec. 3) that officials say would reduce barriers to competition in the individual and other markets, including loosening network adequacy restrictions, expanding access to health savings accounts, eliminating the employer mandate and altering the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provisions.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

Commercial entities that could serve as vendors between manufacturers and providers are a key part of the Trump administration’s proposed Medicare Part B demo, but it is still unclear which, if any, will decide to participate in CMS’ competitive selection process.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told Inside Health Policy that he is in the early stages of developing a bill that would address payment models for high-cost prescription drugs such as gene therapies.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Nov. 30) gave a green light to New Hampshire to move forward with a stringent program of Medicaid work requirements, as well as a transition of the state’s expansion population from the exchanges to Medicaid managed care and the elimination of retroactive coverage for beneficiaries in the expansion population.

November 30, 2018 | Daily News

The parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and its subsidiaries recently filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking reimbursement for cost-sharing reduction payments due in benefit years 2015 through 2017, when the administration shut off the payments.

November 30, 2018 | Daily News

Although Capitol Hill leaders have expressed little interest in doing anything health care-related during the remaining two weeks of the lame-duck session, a bipartisan group of senators is calling for a Senate vote on legislation to delay the health insurance tax.

November 30, 2018 | Daily News

A case that could define the extent of CMS’ authority to issue legal interpretations without conducting notice-and-comment rulemaking will be argued before the Supreme Court on Jan. 15.

November 30, 2018 | Daily News

Consumer advocacy group Families USA Thursday (Nov. 30) launched a new National Center for Coverage Innovation (NCCI) with a “two-track” strategy of developing and supporting near-term, pragmatic health insurance reforms, while also laying the groundwork for larger-scale federal changes.

November 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration released four policy concepts that states could pursue under the controversial new Section 1332 guidance out last month, including an accounts-based system that lets state direct public funds into a consumer account for the purchase of coverage and other health expenses.

November 29, 2018 | Daily News

The incoming Democratic chairman of the House health care committees allege the Trump administration stepped outside the law by issuing guidance that gives states broad flexibility to use the law’s 1332 waivers to get around longstanding Obamacare guardrails, and they ask the agency to produce background information justifying its actions.

November 28, 2018 | Daily News

House Speaker-nominee Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) welcomed a Democratic-led caucus with a health care mandate, proclaiming the party’s campaign focus on protecting the Affordable Care Act helped Democrats secure the chamber. Pelosi, who faces a formal vote to be speaker in January, vowed the House would spend the next two years continuing that focus while combatting the Trump administration’s past two years of action to unravel parts of the ACA.

November 28, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) called for the Senate to return to legislation that would shore up the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Murray’s co-author of the failed ACA stabilization bill, said he would be open to revisiting the measure.

November 28, 2018 | Daily News

CMS has approved HealthSherpa as its first partner to use the new enhanced direct enrollment pathway that will allow consumers, including those eligible for subsidies, to purchase exchange plans from web entities, including web-brokers, private exchanges and insurers, without having to visit healthcare.gov, sources tell Inside Health Policy.

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