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December 12, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday (Dec. 12) he does not know why Obamacare enrollment numbers continue to drop, arguing that the administration has taken several steps to stabilize the marketplace.

December 12, 2018 | Daily News

Another web-based health insurance broker has been approved by CMS to utilize the new enhanced direct enrollment that allows consumers to enroll in coverage without having to first visit healthcare.gov.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on think tank leaders to help craft legislation to lower health care costs, saying the federal government will not be able to cut health insurance costs until it can lower the overarching costs of healthcare.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on think tank leaders to help craft legislation to lower health care costs, saying the federal government will not be able to cut health insurance costs until it can lower the overarching costs of healthcare.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Oklahoma is seeking CMS’ permission to add work requirements to its traditional Medicaid program -- a request expected to be closely watched because CMS Administrator Seema Verma has said the agency will be cautious about approving work requirements in non-expansion states.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

CMS posted the estimated pass-through funding amounts that four additional state-based reinsurance programs can expect for the 2019 plan year, leaving Wisconsin and New Jersey as the only states for which figures are not yet publicly available.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

Outgoing House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a year-end tax package on Monday (Dec. 10) that delays the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax, health insurance tax and “Cadillac tax,” and he told reporters he hopes the bill will pass with bipartisan support before Christmas.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

CMS issued a final rule on 2018 risk adjustment methodology that explains the agency’s reasoning for running the program in a budget-neutral manner and responds to an ongoing court case that challenges the agency’s decision-making.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

The top Democrats on key House committees are demanding HHS produce by Dec. 31 documents and communications related to the department’s involvement in the administration’s decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act in the pending Texas case.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

House Democratic leaders are telling the federal DC district court that the Trump administration’s final rule that changed the definition of an employer in order to promote the creation of more association health plans (AHPs) conflicts with text, structure and history of the Affordable Care Act and should be thrown out.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

An online broker is now marketing a short-term health plan package in at least 20 states that includes automatic renewals and allows consumers to lock-in rates for 36-months through a renewability guarantee rider that protects them from premium hikes or coverage denials should they fall ill.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

In a surprise move Thursday (Dec. 6), bipartisan duos of House and Senate lawmakers released draft legislation that lays out a framework for FDA to regulate in vitro clinical tests, such as test kits and laboratory developed tests (LDTs).

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

A Maine judge on Thursday (Dec. 6) set a new deadline of Feb. 1 for the state to adopt regulations to begin enrolling people in Medicaid expansion, essentially guaranteeing that outgoing Gov. Paul LePage (R) will not have to take any further steps to implement the voter-approved expansion law he has blocked for more than a year.

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

Minnesota’s insurance department says the state will receive about $100 million less in federal “pass through” funding to support its reinsurance program for the 2019 plan year due to lower-than-expected premiums, but a department spokesperson says the updated federal funding estimate will not affect program operations.

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature, in an unusual all-night session, hurriedly passed legislation designed to prevent the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general from changing the state’s position on two controversial health care issues.

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration is pushing ideas that could improve health care price transparency but says those steps will be futile without changes that put consumers in direct control of their health spending.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Arkansas told a federal judge evaluating the legality of the state’s Medicaid work requirements to ignore early data showing substantial coverage losses in the early months of the program.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Technology firm HealthSherpa on Tuesday (Dec. 4) announced it is the first private sector partner approved by CMS to use the new enhanced direct enrollment pathway to sign up consumers for exchange plans, confirming news first reported by Inside Health Policy last week.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Technology firm HealthSherpa on Tuesday (Dec. 4) announced it is the first private sector partner approved by CMS to use the new enhanced direct enrollment pathway to sign up consumers for exchange plans, confirming news first reported by Inside Health Policy last week.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Technology firm HealthSherpa on Tuesday (Dec. 4) announced it is the first private sector partner approved by CMS to use the new enhanced direct enrollment pathway to sign up consumers for exchange plans, confirming news first reported by Inside Health Policy last week.

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