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GOP Health Reform

October 25, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Thursday (Oct. 25) proposed that Medicare rely on foreign government drug price controls that two days earlier the White House Council of Economic Advisers compared to Leninism and Maoism.

October 25, 2018 | Daily News

Plaintiffs in the high-profile case to block the Trump administration’s rule expanding short-term health insurance plans take issue with the Department of Justice's arguments that the stakeholders do not have standing and argue the rule violates the intent of the Affordable Care Act by steering patients away from ACA-compliant plans. The plaintiffs’ reply brief was filed Monday (Oct. 22), days before the federal DC district court was slated to hear oral arguments Friday (Oct. 26) on their motion for the court to immediately suspend the rule.

October 25, 2018 | Daily News

The issue of how to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's individual market, until recently a prime focus of health policy debates, has receded from center stage in midterm campaigning as candidates turned to politically salient topics such as protections for people with preexisting conditions and the debate over single-payer.

October 25, 2018 | Daily News

The issue of how to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's individual market, until recently a prime focus of health policy debates, has receded from center stage in midterm campaigning as candidates turned to politically salient topics such as protections for people with preexisting conditions and the debate over single-payer.

October 25, 2018 | Daily News

Medicare pays double what other developed countries pay for Part B drugs, according to a report released by the administration hours before President Donald Trump is slated to deliver a speech on drug prices.

October 24, 2018 | Daily News

Amgen announced it is cutting the list price of its cholesterol drug Repatha by 60 percent a day before President Donald Trump is expected to give a speech about drug prices, and a company press release said the price cut “reflects Amgen’s support for the goal of President Trump and his Administration to lower the price of drugs for U.S. consumers.”

October 24, 2018 | Daily News

Veteran election handicapper Charlie Cook believes deep budget cuts to social programs, including Medicaid, in some red states could hurt Republican candidates running for gubernatorial and state legislative seats in next month's midterm elections.

October 24, 2018 | Daily News

President Donald Trump will give a speech Thursday (Oct. 25) that is widely expected to be at least in part about drug prices, sources say, though it isn't clear whether he will announce new policies or tout measures the administration has already taken to curb the rise of drug prices.

October 24, 2018 | Daily News

Employer representatives welcome the Trump administration's regulatory proposal to let businesses send workers to the individual market to purchase health coverage and cover the costs via a tax-preferred health reimbursement arrangement starting in 2020.

October 23, 2018 | Daily News

A New Mexico judge denied HHS’ request that he reconsider a February ruling that the regulations over the Affordable Care Act's risk adjustment program for the 2014-2018 plan years violated the Administrative Procedure Act by failing to explain why the program would operate in a budget-neutral manner.

October 23, 2018 | Daily News

The White House Council of Economic Advisers links single-payer healthcare to what it calls the pitfalls of socialism, arguing in a new report that socialism is making a comeback in American politics and that Medicare-for-all would hurt seniors and cause the Gross Domestic Product to fall.

October 23, 2018 | Daily News

A White House official said the administration needs to make sure no regulations or policies get in the way of insurers shifting to a new value-based model where payments are made over time for new, expensive curative treatments and refunds are obtained if the treatments stop working.

October 23, 2018 | Daily News

A bipartisan bill aimed at making it easier for Medicare Advantage and Medicare drug plans to enter into so-called value-based pay contracts is expected to be introduced as early as next week, according to Council for Affordable Health Coverage President Joel White.

October 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration late Monday (Oct. 22) offered a preview of a proposed regulation that will  business to offer employees tax-preferred health reimbursement arrangements that can be used to purchase coverage on or off the exchanges.

October 22, 2018 | Daily News

Anthem Inc. Public Policy Director Doug Saunders implored state officials, advocates and stakeholders to consider other options to shore up their local health insurance markets before turning to Medicaid buy-in, cautioning that such a program could hurt both the commercial insurance markets and Medicaid enrollees.

October 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump Administration released new guidelines for the Affordable Care Act's state innovation waivers declaring that federal officials will prioritize access to coverage over the comprehensiveness and content of the coverage individuals purchase when evaluating waiver applications.

October 19, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is defending the administration's decision to ask a federal court to throw out the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with preexisting conditions if it finds the mandate is no longer valid, and suggested that a win would allow the GOP to “start over” on health care reforms.

October 17, 2018 | Daily News

Two rules that are expected to include major policies to curb drug prices are scheduled to be released this month, according to the fall regulatory agenda. However, the agenda’s timetable is often wrong.

October 16, 2018 | Daily News

In the weeks leading up to the midterm elections, the Trump administration has seized every opportunity to link the entire Democratic Party to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) Medicare for All proposal, even though the majority of Democratic candidates in the midterms do not support Sanders’ plan.

October 16, 2018 | Daily News

It's not clear how, or if, HHS' proposed drug-price disclosure requirement for TV ads will be enforced, consultants and lawyers say.

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