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February 08, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association placed a priority on COVID-19 relief in its 2021 policy agenda document, which asks Congress and the Biden administration for increased support for providers, protection for patients’ access to insurance and permanent telehealth flexibilities.

February 08, 2021 | Daily News

The exchange director under the Trump administration is launching a new consulting firm that will provide research, strategic advice and consulting services to health care companies across the spectrum: Randolph Pate Advisory LLC will officially open its doors on Tuesday (Feb. 9).

February 05, 2021 | Daily News

Employees who lost job-based coverage due to lay-offs or furloughs could get fully subsidized COBRA coverage under legislation introduced Thursday (Jan. 28) by a group of 11 Democratic senators led by Majority Whip Dick Durbin (IL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (NV).

February 05, 2021 | Daily News

While the Senate “vote-a-rama” held Thursday night featured mostly a slew of messaging bills, the Senate did add several health-related non-binding amendments to the resolution, including a deficit-neutral fund for legislation that would expand the use of health savings accounts (HSAs), new commissions tasked with improving the solvency of the federal trust funds and more.

February 05, 2021 | Daily News

The health insurance lobby leading the lawsuit over the Trump administration’s rule that expands the duration of short-term health plans is deliberating its next steps now that a federal appeals court has declined to rehear their case en banc and that the Biden administration is expected to reverse the rule as part of its regulatory review.

February 05, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate late Thursday (Feb. 4) agreed to add to the budget resolution a bipartisan amendment sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) that aims to replenish the Provider Relief Fund by $35 billion, with 20% set aside for rural hospitals. Only one senator, Mike Lee (R-UT), voted against the language, which now could be included as congressional committees write legislation for Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case over the validity of Trump-era 1115 Medicaid work requirement waivers on March 29, the court said Feb. 1.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

Immigrant advocates suing over the former Trump administration’s controversial public charge rule plan to pow wow with Biden’s Department of Justice on next steps in their suits, given the new administration is considering revoking the rule.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

States are not in as bad shape as some experts first feared but they're still facing an uncertain road to financial recovery, sparking concerns from health advocates that governors and lawmakers might resort to reducing Medicaid benefits like dental coverage if states don’t get federal relief.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

Medicare Advantage grew to almost 26 million enrollees last month, and while plans and MA advocates are pleased, other beneficiary advocates say Congress and CMS need to do a better job about treating the private plans and fee-for-service coverage equally.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

Roger Severino, former director of HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR), late Wednesday, sued President Biden and other officials for asking him to resign from an independent federal advisory committee that focuses on administrative procedure only weeks after being reappointed by former President Trump and significantly short of his expected three- year tenure.

February 03, 2021 | Daily News

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan. 3) did not issue a ruling on high profile case over the Affordable Care Act, despite speculation a decision potentially could come due to Friday’s announcement that some opinions would be out Feb. 3.

February 03, 2021 | Daily News

Pennsylvania’s newly launched state-based exchange says the state saw a nearly 10% increase in new enrollment compared to last year and announced it will join several state exchanges by reopening its exchange for three-months to align with healthcare.gov.

February 03, 2021 | Daily News

Progressive advocates and health experts say President Joe Biden’s newly signed order directing federal agencies to revisit the Trump administration’s controversial public charge rule is a good first step to increasing Medicaid enrollment, but it will take a formal reversal of the rule and community outreach to undo the chilling effects of the policy.

February 03, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s national COVID-19 response plan commits to expanding the social service safety net to provide for unmet basic needs exacerbated by the pandemic, which experts and advocates say will likely translate into broadening Medicaid to cover more social determinants of health down the road.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

Senate Democratic leadership tapped Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) as the newest member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee that oversees public health programs and taxes, and the progressive senator immediately announced that she will push for a wealth tax and work to expand Medicaid, lower the age to enroll in Medicare and cut drug prices.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is pushing legislation that, coupled with the executive orders signed last week, would advance President Joe Biden’s health reform agenda by eliminating the ACA’s subsidy cliff, allowing Medicare drug price negotiation, incentivizing Medicaid expansion, and establishing a public option, although Warner’s version is limited to individual and small group exchanges.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

The lobby representing employers that provide health benefits regulated under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is pressing the Biden administration to suspend the ACA penalties on employers who fail to provide minimal coverage for 2020.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration recently withdrew an unreleased draft rule on end-stage renal disease conditions of coverage that was expected to address the controversial issue of whether insurers must accept premium payments from third-party charities -- a move quickly applauded by kidney care advocates, although the rule could resurface.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

States are having a hard time documenting how they aimed to meet mental health parity requirements in their Medicaid and CHIP programs, and stakeholders don’t think those requirements greatly improved access to behavioral health services for beneficiaries.

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