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Health-Exchange-Alert

November 04, 2019 | Daily News

The White House on Sunday vowed to vigorously defend the president’s demand that immigrants show they can cover their own health costs or can purchase certain coverage prior to entering the country after a federal judge in Oregon barred the government from implementing the policy for 28 days.

November 04, 2019 | Daily News

Staffers on the House and Senate committees working on surprise billing legislation say they are open to including an air ambulance fix in their final policy, but some providers and lobbyists are pushing the committees to leave air ambulance policy out of the bill and deal with it separately.

November 04, 2019 | Daily News

Consumers and enrollment assisters faced myriad problems with healthcare.gov on the first day of open enrollment that slowed or stopped the application process, and CMS says it is trying to fix the issues.

November 01, 2019 | Daily News

The seventh open enrollment period officially kicked off Friday (Nov. 1), with one less federally run exchange, several new avenues for signing-up, and dozens of additional carriers competing in a marketplace that has stabilized and strengthened compared to previous years.

November 01, 2019 | Daily News

A key Senate Democrat decried an HHS proposed rule and non-enforcement memo that he says will allow federal grantees to discriminate against clients based on their religious beliefs.

November 01, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic Primary candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) responded to pressure from fellow Democrats and released a proposal outlining how she would pay for her Medicare for All policy through a $9 billion tax on employers, a shift of $6 trillion in state funds to Medicare for All, heavy taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and spending cuts to other government agencies.

October 31, 2019 | Daily News

Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is proposing to change his state’s Affordable Care Act markets by using the Trump administration's new, less-restrictive 1332 waivers, just one day after the Senate Democrats failed to overturn the waiver policy on Capitol Hill.

October 31, 2019 | Daily News

Advocacy groups have filed a class action suit challenging the president’s demand that immigrants prove they have obtained health coverage prior to entering the country, arguing the policy is a vast restructuring of the nation’s immigration laws and violates the constitution's separation of powers, due process and equal protection clauses. The advocates seek to immediately and permanently block the administration from implementing the policy, which is set to go into effect on Sunday (Nov. 3).

October 30, 2019 | Daily News

A Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to remand a lawsuit back to the district court to hash out which of Louisiana’s abortion regulations injure the plaintiffs mirrors the Department of Justice’s requested remedy in the Texas case over the Affordable Care Act, and makes it a strong potential decision out of many possibilities on the table.

October 30, 2019 | Daily News

The White House opposes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) government drug price negotiation bill, Domestic Policy Council chief Joe Grogan told Politico on Wednesday (Oct. 30).

October 30, 2019 | Daily News

The White House sees little chance for enactment of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) government drug price negotiation bill and is pushing for passage of the Senate Finance Committee's bill, Domestic Policy Council chief Joe Grogan told Politico on Wednesday (Oct. 30).

October 30, 2019 | Daily News

The White House is reviewing a final version of regulation that calls for issuers to separately collect payments from consumers for any portion of premiums that goes toward abortion services.

October 30, 2019 | Daily News

The rate of uninsured children rose significantly between 2016 and 2018, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, coming as Democratic lawmakers call on HHS and CMS to explain what it is doing to reverse the trend.

October 29, 2019 | Daily News

Stakeholders that have been nudging Congress to permanently repeal, or at least delay, the upcoming $15.5 billion tax slated to hit most health insurance plans in 2020 have ramped up their efforts over the past few days as the legislative calendar narrows.

October 29, 2019 | Daily News

The White House on Monday (Oct. 28) said that President Donald Trump will veto a resolution striking updated guidance on the Affordable Care Act’s state innovation waivers if Democratic lawmakers are able to garner enough GOP votes to send the bill to his desk. 

October 28, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, will retire at the end of this Congress, his office announced Monday.

October 25, 2019 | Daily News

Provisions of House Democrats’ government drug price negotiation bill could be vulnerable to constitutional challenges, according to an Oct. 21 memo by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

October 25, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee has approved legislation that would place a tax on nicotine vape products after a wide-ranging debate over the bill sponsored by a bipartisan duo from New York.

October 25, 2019 | Daily News

CMS Friday (Oct. 25) announced that consumers can now review 2020 plan year health insurance products and rates offered through healthcare.gov ahead of the open enrollment period set to kick off next Friday (Nov. 1).

October 24, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) are questioning private equity firms about their role in surprise billing in hospital settings and in emergency transport.

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