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November 14, 2018 | Daily News

A federal district court in Maryland is moving quickly in a high-profile Affordable Care Act case that challenges the legitimacy of President Donald Trump's decision to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Sessions' unconfirmed chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, and has set oral arguments for Dec. 19.

November 14, 2018 | Daily News

In the wake of leadership elections, newly re-elected Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters that his caucus plans to continue its focus on healthcare in the 116th Congress by using the Democratic majority in the House to press Senate Republicans to take up Democratic health legislation.

November 13, 2018 | Daily News

CMS will give states more leeway to cover inpatient treatment for serious mental illnesses, just as the agency has been doing for inpatient treatment of substance use disorders, HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday (Nov. 13).

November 13, 2018 | Daily News

House Republicans may not have time during the lame-duck period to revisit a package of bills that would provide employers retroactive relief from a series of Affordable Care Act taxes, but Republicans still hope an end-of-year package in the House could offer relief from some employer taxes, outgoing Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said.

November 13, 2018 | Daily News

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday (Nov. 13) asked a federal district court to issue an injunction to stop Matthew Whitaker from participating in a case over the Affordable Care Act and to declare Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the rightful acting Attorney General of the United States.

November 12, 2018 | Daily News

A coalition of GOP attorneys general threw their support behind the Trump administration’s controversial association health plans, telling a federal court they back the administration’s call to dismiss a Democratic-led lawsuit challenging a rule that expanded the scope of the plans.

November 09, 2018 | Daily News

Rep. Anna Eshoo announced Friday (Nov. 9) her bid to chair the House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee, which is expected to be a key position given Democrats’ campaign promises to work on health care policies and control drug prices.

November 08, 2018 | Daily News

HHS and CMS should instruct Arkansas to temporarily stop kicking people off Medicaid for failing to comply with the state’s controversial new work requirement program, the federal advisory commission on Medicaid told HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a letter Thursday (Nov. 8).

November 08, 2018 | Daily News

A federal judge has temporarily shut down a Florida-based operation that the Federal Trade Commission charged with misleading consumers into thinking they were purchasing comprehensive, ACA-compliant coverage, rather than skimpy products that left them with unpaid medical claims and thousands in bills.

November 08, 2018 | Daily News

CMS proposed a rule that aims to better ensure consumers are not dually enrolled in exchange and other public coverage, including Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the Basic Health Plan.

November 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration released two final rules on Wednesday (Nov. 7) that offer exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate for entities that have either religious or moral objections to contraceptive services.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Texas District Judge Reed O' Connor is expected to rule any day on the high-profile case over the Affordable Care Act now that the election is over, and some legal experts believe he is likely to overturn as least the law's protections for preexisting conditions but could also move to an injunction that would end implementation of the entire law.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

In the immediate aftermath of the midterm elections, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asked the Trump administration to “withdraw from a lawsuit” to eliminate parts of the Affordable Care Act, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told Inside Health Policy he would join Pelosi’s call for the GOP to scrap the suit.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Medicaid expansion could become a reality in Kansas, Maine and Wisconsin after Democrats won the governor’s mansions in those states Tuesday (Nov. 6).

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah chose Tuesday (Nov. 6) to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, but voters in Montana rejected a ballot initiative that would have made that state’s Medicaid expansion permanent.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Several Senate Finance members will not return to the committee, as Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Dean Heller (R-NV) lost their reelection bids on Tuesday night (Nov. 7), while Florida Democrat Bill Nelson on Wednesday morning called for a recount after initial tallies showed him trailing the state’s outgoing Gov. Rick Scott (R) by less than half a point.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Ten Republican members of the Ways & Means Committee will leave the House in January because they lost their midterm races, ran for higher office, or decided to retire. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) is likely next in line to be chairman of the health subcommittee, and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) is up for the overall committee chairmanship.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

With Democrats taking control of the House, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) is highly expected to chair the powerful Energy & Commerce Committee, and, although he comes from a pharmaceutical-heavy district, he told Inside Health Policy prior to the election results that tackling high drug prices would be a top priority as would overseeing the administration's health care agenda.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Prior to the midterm elections, Senate Democratic staffers prepared for a split Congress, with a GOP-controlled Senate and a Democratic House, by meeting with health care stakeholders and their House counterparts to coordinate next steps and make plans to re-frame the push for Obamacare market stabilization as a way to protect people with preexisting conditions, sources close to the Senate health committee say.

November 06, 2018 | Daily News

At least two of the four issuers that failed to convince a full panel of federal appeals court judges to rehear their suit over the ACA's risk corridor program plan to petition the Supreme Court to hear the case.

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