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May 08, 2019 | Daily News

The House will vote next week on legislation that combines key drug-pricing and Affordable Care Act bills, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Wednesday (May 8).

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are urging Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice to reconsider their push to overturn the Affordable Care Act through the courts.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The executive directors of the nation’s 12 state-based exchanges tell the Trump administration there is not enough time to make the technical and other changes needed to implement a pending rule on health reimbursement arrangements by the 2020 plan year.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats plan to hold floor votes next week on several bills to shore up the Affordable Care Act, according to an aide for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The staffer would not specify which of the Energy & Commerce Committee-approved ACA bills the House will next consider.

May 06, 2019 | Daily News

The health insurance exchange population is expected to fall from 14 million in 2019 to 11 million in 2029, but the marketplace will remain stable largely due to subsidies that shield many enrollees from premium increases, the Congressional Budget Office concludes in a May 2 report on the federal health expenditures for the under 65 population.

May 06, 2019 | Daily News

Molina President and CEO Joe Zubretsky dodged questions about the Washington state legislature's public option and called the plan “political rhetoric” and “conceptual” when asked how it could impact the exchanges in which Molina participates.

May 06, 2019 | Daily News

The effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas failed over the weekend after the Republican-controlled state legislature overcame a two-day standoff with expansion supporters, passed a state budget and adjourned in the middle of the night.

May 03, 2019 | Daily News

Tennessee will seek to convert its Medicaid program into one financed by a federal block grant under a bill passed by state lawmakers during a dramatic final day of the state’s legislative session -- the latest example of a Republican-controlled state eager to work with CMS to enact what some health law experts see as legally questionable Medicaid block grants.

May 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice tells Inside Health Policy that it will not send a letter to congressional leaders explaining its decision to call for the entire ACA to be scrapped in the high-profile Texas case because the move was based on statutory interpretation and not on constitutional grounds.

May 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration finalized a rule allowing health care providers to decline treatment or refuse to make referrals if a procedure violates their religious or moral beliefs, such as abortion, sterilization or assisted suicide.

May 02, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday (May 1) introduced two new public option proposals that would allow private insurance to operate alongside a government-funded health care system, coming a day after Congress held its first hearing on more-aggressive Medicare for All legislation, demonstrating the growing policy rift within the Democratic party when it comes to expanding health care.

May 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration late Wednesday (May 1) told a federal appeals court it agrees with a district judge’s ruling that the entire health care law is invalid, yet also asked the court to retain certain ACA provisions the administration claims would not harm the plaintiffs, including updates to Medicare fraud laws – a move that left key legal experts scratching their heads.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday (May 1) said moving to a single-payer health care system could significantly affect the entire economy and laid out key issues for lawmakers to consider when crafting legislation that could affect one-sixth of the gross domestic product, but CBO did not provide a cost estimate or spell out specific recommendations.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

CMS and the Department of the Treasury are asking stakeholders for ideas on how to entice states to apply for Affordable Care Act 1332 waivers that take advantage of the more-flexible criteria unveiled by the Trump administration last fall.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The House Rules Committee debated the potential costs, burden and benefits of transitioning to a Medicare for All system during the first-ever Capitol Hill hearing on the proposal.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice is slated to submit on Wednesday (May 1) its first brief in the high-prolife lawsuit Texas v. Azar since its surprise decision to flip positions and call for the entire Affordable Care Act to be invalidated.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will soon hold a hearing on Medicare for All, marking the first time in decades that one of the two main health care committees of jurisdiction will hold a hearing on the hot-button single-payer issue.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration on Monday told existing association health plans they can continue to operate despite a recent federal court ruling that axed key pieces of the federal rule that expanded the plans.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

S&P analysts conclude that health care legislation addressing surprise billing and anti-competitive pharmaceutical practices have a high chance of passing prior to the 2020 elections, but that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a transition to Medicare For All and aggressive drug-pricing reforms are unlikely to be implemented in the new few years.

April 29, 2019 | Daily News

Nearly half of Americans are still on the fence about the Affordable Care Act as Congress gears up to hold its first hearing on Medicare for All and the Congressional Budget Office is poised to release design considerations for a single-payer health care program.

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