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Health-Exchange-Alert

January 25, 2021 | Daily News

Illinois Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood on Tuesday (Jan. 19) reintroduced legislation to expand and enhance the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits, just days after President Joe Biden included that as a key piece of his health reform agenda wrapped into the COVID-19 recovery plan unveiled Jan. 16.

January 24, 2021 | Daily News

The COVID-19 public health emergency is expected to continue through the end of 2021, Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran wrote in a Jan. 22 letter to governors, signaling the temporary 6.2% bump in federal Medicaid matching funds and a slew of other Medicare and Medicaid emergency waivers put in place during the pandemic will not end soon.

January 22, 2021 | Daily News

One of President Joe Biden’s executive orders out Thursday steps into the still smoldering issue over coverage of non-diagnostic COVID-19 testing, demanding that HHS clarify insurers’ responsibilities.

January 22, 2021 | Daily News

Democratic congressional health leaders have pledged to work with the Biden administration to reverse the 11th-hour final exchange rule issued by Trump’s HHS that aims to unravel key elements of the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

January 22, 2021 | Daily News

The National Health Law Program says its petition this week asking Biden’s HHS to scrap an 11th-hour memo by former CMS Administrator Seema Verma that aims to protect controversial Trump-era Medicaid 1115 demonstrations stands, even though one of President Joe Biden’s first executive orders scrapped the groundwork for the petition process.

January 21, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration's COVID-19 response strategy boosts funding for community health centers and offers more help to safety net providers and nursing homes, and it asks CMS to consider increasing its pay rate for vaccine administration and to take any steps necessary to promote coverage of safe and effective COVID-19 treatments and care.

January 21, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden signed two executive orders Thursday (Jan. 21) aimed at increasing interagency coordination to gather more demographic data that can be used to drive a COVID-19 response that targets high-risk groups.

January 21, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden unveiled a national COVID-19 testing strategy that aims to dramatically increase the number of Americans tested as part of a new seven-pronged massive public health effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

January 21, 2021 | Daily News

Experts at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities urge the Biden administration, as part of an expected opening of a new special enrollment period for healthcare.gov, to consider several tweaks that could boost enrollment in the exchanges without causing adverse selection, including allowing certain people to enroll year-round.

January 21, 2021 | Daily News

While Democrats’ new control of the Senate has upped the chances that President Joe Biden can make strides on his health policy agenda through Congress, heath care experts and actuaries point out that one of the new president’s priorities -- raising the value of the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits by benchmarking them to gold-level, rather than silver-level, plans -- can be done administratively.

January 20, 2021 | Daily News

The National Health Law Program petitioned the Biden administration on its first day in office to scrap an 11th-hour memo by former CMS Administrator Seema Verma that critics say is aimed at protecting work requirements and other controversial Medicaid policies put in place by the Trump administration.

January 20, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden signaled Wednesday (Jan. 20) that his administration will prioritize pro-LGBTQ+ health policy by signing an executive order directing federal agencies to ensure that federal antidiscrimination statues covering sex discrimination also prohibit discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity.

January 20, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden signaled Wednesday (Jan. 20) that his administration will prioritize pro-LGBTQ+ health policy by signing an executive order directing federal agencies to ensure that federal antidiscrimination statues covering sex discrimination also prohibit discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity.

January 20, 2021 | Daily News

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden took immediate action to freeze all agency rules and guidances issued under the Trump administration that have not yet taken effect, sending out a memo from White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain that also asks agency heads to postpone and reconsider any rules that have yet to be published in the Federal Register.

January 20, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden has tapped his acting HHS leadership team: Norris Cochran is acting HHS secretary, Janet Woodcock is acting FDA commissioner and Liz Richter is acting CMS administrator.

January 20, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration is expected to fortify existing policies and increase funding to deal with social determinants of health.

January 19, 2021 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Senate Finance ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (D-OR) say CMS Administrator Seema Verma is blatantly attempting to keep the incoming Biden administration from acting to repeal certain 1115 demonstrations through what they allege is an illegal last-minute maneuver.

January 19, 2021 | Daily News

Affordable Care Act supporters as expected sued the Trump administration last week for allowing Georgia to leave healthcare.gov and instead rely on brokers and agents to enroll consumers in health plans starting in 2022.

January 15, 2021 | Daily News

CMS estimates that Medicare Advantage plans will get more than 4% more in 2022 than they receive this year -- an increase of more than 1.25% compared to the rate in the advanced notice CMS released in October.

January 15, 2021 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma is resigning her post effective Jan. 20 – when President-elect Joe Biden assumes office, she announced in a tweet Friday (Jan. 15) that spurred comments from some Democrats and consumer advocates happy to see her go.

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