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January 29, 2020 | Daily News

CMS chief Seema Verma used strong language to demand industry get in line with the Trump administration’s policies on transparency and health information interoperability, warning stakeholders Wednesday (Jan. 29) to permanently retire their “self-serving” defense of the status quo or risk destruction of the private health care system.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

Stakeholders are calling for a national, standardized strategy to assess beneficiaries’ needs and tackle social determinants of health.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday (Jan. 29) rejected a petition from one of its judges for the full court to rehear the GOP challenge to the constitutionality to the Affordable Care Act in an 8-6 decision.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday (Jan. 29) rejected a petition from one of its judges for the full court to rehear the GOP challenge to the constitutionality to the Affordable Care Act in an 8-6 decision.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

Epic Systems, a major medical records vendor, hit back following remarks from HHS Secretary Alex Azar that slammed critics of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT’s proposed interoperability rule, as the health IT developer called on HHS to create patient privacy protections before finishing the rule.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

House Democratic leadership is pushing committee chairs to conclude work on surprise billing legislation by Feb. 13 so they have enough time to negotiate a drug pricing deal before the May 22 deadline for renewing health care extenders, sources say.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

Insurers are calling on CMS to immediately release its long-awaited exchange rule or at least provide industry with some parameters on what to expect from the rule so they can develop their 2021 plans, warning that each day the information is stalled threatens the stability of the market.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) will study the role of endorsers, including celebrities, in direct-to-consumer advertising, the agency informed the White House budget office Monday (Jan. 27).

January 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court late Friday rejected GOP plaintiffs’ efforts to delay briefings in the high-profile case over the Affordable Care Act, Texas v. USA, siding with the Democrats who opposed the request to extend the deadline to respond until March.

January 24, 2020 | Daily News

Health care experts warn the Trump administration will face a tough legal battle if it approves Georgia’s recently submitted state innovation waiver that would let the state leave healthcare.gov in favor of web-based brokers, allow less generous “copper” plans on the market and turn federal subsidies into capped state-level credits.

January 24, 2020 | Daily News

The HHS Office for Civil Rights on Friday (Jan. 24) warned California that it risks losing funding from potentially several federal agencies in 30 days if the state doesn’t back away from its six-year policy of requiring that state plans and insurers cover abortion.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

Democrats defending the Affordable Care Act still hope the Supreme Court will review the controversial case over the law’s future this term and urge the judges to the reject a GOP request to extend their filing deadline to March.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats are considering celebrating the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by voting on legislation to strengthen former President Barack Obama’s signature law, and in turn sending a pre-election message that Democrats will work to protect Americans’ health benefits, according to a well-placed lobbyist.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

A new coalition of right-wing groups is lobbying Congress to adopt a surprise billing fix that doesn’t include a benchmark payment rate, like the policy in the compromise hammered out by the Senate health and House Energy & Commerce committees.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

CMS will allow Texas to use federal funding for its family planning services for women not previously eligible for Medicaid, although those funds cannot be used by any organization in the state that provides abortions.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

House Education & Labor Committee Democrats are gathering information from the Department of Labor that could lay the foundation for legislative action to bolster the federal government’s enforcement of mental health parity law when it comes to employer-sponsored plans.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

Air ambulance executives told federal regulators last week that they must send patients expensive “surprise medical bills” to compensate for underpayment from private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

Hours after the Supreme Court rejected Democrats’ call to quickly review the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the GOP attorneys general challenging the law asked for additional time, until March 17, to make their pitch that the case should stay out of the high court, regardless of the timing.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (Jan. 21) rejected calls to fast-track its decision on whether to hear the latest constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act, essentially guaranteeing that the court will not weigh in on the case before the 2020 presidential election.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court said Friday (Jan. 17) that it will once again wade into the contentious fight over the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide coverage for birth control in employee health plans.

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