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Health-Exchange-Alert

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court Monday (July 13) released a calendar of cases it will hear in the first half of October, all of which were delayed from the Spring, but the high-profile case over the Affordable Care Act, California v. Texas, is still not scheduled.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee on Monday (July 13) passed an HHS spending bill by a vote of 30-22 that would hike HHS’ funding by $1.5 billion.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The insurance lobby last week released a short brief detailing the explosive growth in the use of telehealth services during the pandemic and offering policy recommendations to ensure the gains are protected once the public health emergency ends.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

An infectious disease expert working closely with laboratories in Memphis, TN told Inside Health Policy that Poplar Healthcare received an emergency use authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 pool testing on Friday (July 10).

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

Women’s advocates and health insurers Friday (July 10) cheered the Maryland District Court’s decision to block the Trump administration from implementing a rule that would have required insurers that cover abortion services not covered by the Hyde Amendment to send two bills to consumers.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration Friday (July 10) proposed giving group health plans that were available prior the Affordable Care Act new flexibility to retain their grandfathered status.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Major state and local government organizations called on congressional leaders to again bump the federal Medicaid match, this time from 6.2% to 12%, in the next coronavirus relief package on Friday (July 10).

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (July 10) announced it was deploying Quality Improvement Organizations to nursing homes in COVID-19 hotspots, the same day an independent commission convened by CMS to assess the nursing homes’ response to the pandemic called for public input.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to divide 30 minutes of oral argument time between itself and the GOP attorneys general -- and two Texas residents -- seeking to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act in California v. Texas, since the parties have distinct positions on standing and on a potential remedy in the case.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Progressive and women’s health advocates on Thursday (July 9) called on the Democratic party to fully embrace reproductive rights and end any coverage bans as a key plank in the party’s platform, including ending the Hyde Amendment.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration must designate a point person whose sole job is to lead the federal government’s coronavirus testing efforts, which Democrats allege were flawed from the start and continue to face challenges due to lack of leadership, according to a 30-page report by Democratic staff of the Senate health committee.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Thursday (July 9) announced that it has awarded more than $21 million to community health centers, including facilities in the Health Center Program look-alikes, with funding to support COVID-19 testing.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

HHS will do everything it can to permanently keep telehealth waivers granted during the pandemic, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday (July 9) at The Hill virtual event on the future of health care.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday (July 8) awarded another $10.73 million to 25 health care providers in rural and urban areas of the country as part of its COVID-19 response fund for telehealth services.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court Wednesday (7-2) upheld the Trump administration’s rule that lets employers refuse to provide cost-free contraceptives to workers due to religious or moral objections, saying the Affordable Care Act grants HHS the discretion to set that policy.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

A group of nine Senate Democrats, led by Senate health committee ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA), asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to scrap the Trump administration’s rule that rolls back the Affordable Care Act’s gender discrimination protections.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

The task force set up by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (DE) and formal rival Bernie Sanders Wednesday (July 8) unveiled a unity platform on securing universal health care.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

HHS will publicly release each state and local COVID-19 testing strategy on Friday (July 10) nearly two weeks after House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) demanded the plans from HHS because of the way the administration has delegated the task to states and localities.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Democratic leaders of key congressional health committees say recent Trump administration guidance that says insurers are not required to cover COVID-19 testing for surveillance or return to work screenings clashes with congressional intent.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Department of Justice has been entering into agreements to pay out potentially billions of dollars to insurers who have sued over the Affordable Care Act’s risk corridors program, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s April ruling that the government is statutorily obligated to make the payments.

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