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March 30, 2021 | Daily News

A group of Democratic Representatives urged President Joe Biden to stick to his campaign trail proposal to allocate $450 billion to home- and community-based services in a letter sent Tuesday (March 30), a day before Biden is expected to release his “Build Back Better” plan.

March 30, 2021 | Daily News

Several state-based exchange will extend their special enrollment periods through Aug. 15 or beyond to better align with the federal government’s decision to keep healthcare.gov open longer so consumers can access the increased Affordable Care Act tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan.

March 29, 2021 | Daily News

State and federal officials said the United States needs to work on standardizing and integrating public health data to improve health equity and the general public health infrastructure during the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s annual meeting Monday (March 29).

March 29, 2021 | Daily News

Novartis may give away its $475,000 cancer drug Kymriah to low-income patients who either don’t have insurance or have been denied access to the CAR T therapy by their insurer, according to an HHS Inspector General advisory opinion.

March 29, 2021 | Daily News

A District Judge Friday (March 26) granted Georgia permission to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Trump HHS approval of the state’s 1332 waiver that lets the state exit healthcare.gov and instead rely on agents and brokers to enroll consumers starting in 2022.

March 26, 2021 | Daily News

Employers, health plan administrations and other stakeholders eagerly await guidance from HHS, Treasury and the Department of Labor on how the federal government will fully fund COBRA benefits that are now available April 1 under the American Rescue Plan.

March 26, 2021 | Daily News

Stakeholders are urging CMS to quickly issue a flexible guidance on how and when states can use the American Rescue Plan’s 10 percentage point increase in federal Medicaid matching funds for home- and community-based services, with some asking for specific permission to spend on items including the direct support workforce and bolstering technology.

March 26, 2021 | Daily News

Children’s health care advocates say their push to make the Children's Health Insurance Program permanent now goes beyond concerns that Congress will use the program as a bargaining chip: Depending on how the Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office score of the cost to renew CHIP could drastically increase when the program is up for renewal in 2027 from the last assessment of nearly budget neutral.

March 25, 2021 | Daily News

The final 2022 Notice of Benefit and Payments Parameters is under review by the White House more than three months after the Trump administration finalized some of the most controversial pieces of the proposed rule before leaving office in January but left remaining policies for the Biden CMS.

March 25, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate Wednesday confirmed the first transgender federal appointee, former Pennsylvania HHS Secretary Rachel Levine, to serve as assistant secretary for HHS. GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski joined all Democrats in the 52-48 vote.

March 24, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration has until April 26 to weigh in on whether it thinks the Supreme Court should take up insurers’ suit challenging the Trump-era decision not to pay the full amount of cost-sharing reduction payments owed insurers since 2017, despite the “silver loading” workaround.

March 24, 2021 | Daily News

Democratic Representatives urged hold-out states to expand their Medicaid programs, discussed new ways to nudge states to do so and touted the American Rescue Plan’s incentives at a House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee hearing Tuesday (March 23) on strengthening the Affordable Care Act.

March 23, 2021 | Daily News

Nestled in the House Energy & Commerce Committee plan to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid coverage are several bipartisan proposals meant to improve children’s health care, like permanently extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program funding and requiring state Medicaid programs reimburse primary physicians at the same rate as Medicare.

March 23, 2021 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said everything is on the table for the next legislative package that is expected focus on infrastructure improvements and include health care provisions like a permanent increase to the Affordable Care Act tax credits -- and she said the package likely will be paid for by tackling prescription drug prices.

March 23, 2021 | Daily News

Americans will now have until Aug. 15 to buy Affordable Care Act coverage through healthcare.gov, CMS announced Tuesday (March 23), which gives consumers more time to access the increased tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan Act.

March 22, 2021 | Daily News

Newly sworn-in HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra is kicking off his tenure with a trip to Nevada to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday (March 23).

March 22, 2021 | Daily News

Health policy experts at Georgetown University say that as the Biden administration crafts rulemaking on the new law that bars most surprise billing and sets up an arbitration process to resolve payment disputes officials should glean lessons from states that have already implemented independent dispute resolution systems.

March 19, 2021 | Daily News

Georgia and Arkansas told the Biden administration they would sue if CMS revoked their Medicaid work requirement waivers -- which didn’t stop the administration from revoking Arkansas’ program along with New Hampshire’s.

March 19, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee health panel will discuss legislation aimed at incentivizing additional states to expand their Medicaid programs at a hearing next Tuesday (March 23) to mark the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

March 18, 2021 | Daily News

All eyes are on the Supreme Court after the Biden administration revoked Arkansas’ and New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirement waivers Wednesday (March 17) in a move that experts have said would make the case moot and could lead to its dismissal.

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