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November 06, 2018 | Daily News

Arkansas’ controversial Medicaid work requirements should be halted for many of the same reasons that Kentucky’s proposed work requirements were blocked from taking effect earlier this year, advocates for beneficiaries told the federal judge who is presiding over both cases.

November 06, 2018 | Daily News

President Donald Trump’s claim that he was unaware that Attorney General Jeff Sessions urged a Texas federal court to eliminate coverage for preexisting conditions could come back to haunt the Trump administration during the case’s appeals process, legal experts say.

November 05, 2018 | Daily News

As third quarter earnings reports rolled out this past week, Molina Inc. reported moves into new states and low premium increases for 2019 and Anthem Inc. welcomed the Trump administration’s new rules regarding health reimbursement arrangements.

November 02, 2018 | Daily News

Idaho will move forward with its controversial state-based health plans without submitting a formal waiver to CMS, eschewing CMS' new offer to consider 1332 waivers that include health plans that don't strictly comply with the Affordable Care Act, Idaho Insurance Commissioner Dean Cameron told Inside Health Policy.

November 02, 2018 | Daily News

A Minnesota-based association health plan will extend its ACA-compliant coverage to residents of Nebraska under a new federal rule that broadened the definition of employers under ERISA and allowed certain AHPs to sell products across state lines.

November 02, 2018 | Daily News

State lawmakers in Maryland and Minnesota are planning to revamp and reintroduce legislation that would create rate-setting commissions for prescription drugs after bills in both states died last session.

November 02, 2018 | Daily News

The legal battle over the federal government's recent rule that broadened the definition of an employer in order to expand access to association health plans moved a step forward this week with the Department of Labor urging the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia to throw out the suit, contending the plaintiffs lack standing.

November 01, 2018 | Daily News

Although CMS touts the availability of a much-anticipated enhanced direct enrollment pathway -- which lets private, web-based entities, including web-brokers and issuers, link to HHS' federal data hub to verify eligibility for ACA plan enrollment and subsidies -- the agency reveals to Inside Health Policy that no EDE entities had been approved as of the start of open enrollment Thursday (Nov. 1).

November 01, 2018 | Daily News

Health care advocates are prepped and ready for the sixth open enrollment that started Thursday (Nov. 1) in most states, despite the Trump administration's move to slash funding for outreach and education about the coverage.

November 01, 2018 | Daily News

State-based health insurance exchanges across the country continued to invest in technology upgrades and push policy changes designed to provide consumers with a smoother pathway to more affordable coverage ahead of the sixth open enrollment period that started Thursday (Nov. 1) in most states.

October 30, 2018 | Daily News

A coalition of stakeholders is urging CMS to increase its reliance on private health insurance exchanges that can link directly to the federal data hub during the upcoming open enrollment season, recommending in a recent report that the agency shift consumers to those exchanges during the hours that healthcare.gov is down for maintenance and eventually rely entirely on those exchanges.

October 29, 2018 | Daily News

Consumers can now visit healthcare.gov and begin browsing for insurance options ahead of Thursday's (Nov. 1) launch of open enrollment, and the site will feature a number of new and enhanced functionalities, CMS announced Friday.

October 29, 2018 | Daily News

CMS told states they do not need to defray the costs of new benefits that may be included in a revised essential health benefit (EHB) benchmark plan unless the coverage has been legislatively mandated, and encouraged states to implement revisions that would better address the opioid epidemic.

October 29, 2018 | Daily News

Centene CEO Michael Neidorff last week expressed confidence the nation's largest exchange issuer would continue to hit margins and enrollment goals, and maintain the demographics in its risk pool even though it will no longer be the only carrier in some service areas.

October 29, 2018 | Daily News

Federal DC district judge Richard Leon poked several holes in the plaintiffs’ arguments against the expansion of short-term health insurance plans and seemed to agree with the Trump administration’s defense of the plans at a preliminary injunction hearing Friday. A court ruling on whether to block the administration's controversial move to extend the duration of the plans won't come before the end of the year, following the Affordable Care Act's latest open enrollment period, he said. 

October 26, 2018 |

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Friday systematically attacked drug manufacturers’ criticisms of the Trump administration’s plan to implement international price referencing for prescription drugs in Medicare Part B, saying despite strong denunciations, he does not think drug makers will play a “game of chicken” and walk away.

October 26, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Friday systematically attacked drug manufacturers’ criticisms of the Trump administration’s plan to implement international price referencing for prescription drugs in Medicare Part B, saying despite strong denunciations, he does not think drug makers will play a “game of chicken” and walk away.

October 26, 2018 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Oct. 26) said it has determined that no banking, federal tax or personal health information was exposed during a data breach the agency discovered last week.

October 26, 2018 |

CMS on Friday (Oct. 26) said it has determined that no banking, federal tax or personal health information was exposed during a data breach the agency discovered last week.

October 26, 2018 | Daily News

The federal Medicaid advisory panel will send a letter to HHS, likely by the end of next week, raising concerns about the implementation of Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirements and calling on the agency to temporarily pause its approvals of work requirements in other states, the panel’s chairwoman, Penny Thompson, told Inside Health Policy.

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