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April 12, 2019 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- The National Association of Insurance Commissioners agreed to send out a survey on the marketing of short-term plans to get a better sense of brokers’ methods for selling and attracting consumers to the newly expanded insurance products.

April 11, 2019 | Daily News

A key Justice Department political appointee who led oral arguments in the controversial challenge to the Affordable Care Act at the district court level has dropped out of the case and will soon leave DOJ, coming just days after House Democrats told Attorney General William Barr to let his lawyers in the case testify before Congress, and ahead of DOJ’s May 1 deadline to file an opening brief in the appeal.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

White House and congressional Republicans immediately pounced on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ (VT) introduction of Medicare for All legislation along with four other Democratic candidates to argue that all Democrats support a government takeover of health care, and they attempted to portray GOP ideas as a realistic alternative.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (April 10) appealed a pair of judicial decisions that blocked Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reintroduced his Medicare for All legislation along with 14 other Democratic senators, pushing the party’s most-left health care proposal once again as other Democrats focus on more-moderate public options.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- State regulators gathered at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners spring meeting in Orlando had mixed feelings about whether sponsors should be allowed to continue to sell association health plans in the wake of a federal judge’s decision to invalidate parts of the Trump administration’s regulation.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday granted the Department of Justice’s unopposed request to expediate oral arguments in the controversial challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and set the hearing for the week of July 8.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) bashed Medicare for All and other universal health care proposals Tuesday (April 9) at the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) annual meeting and urged hospital groups to lobby against the progressive Democrats’ proposals.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) on Tuesday (April 9) signed a bill to implement the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion but expressed concerns about a controversial provision that seeks to add work requirements to people in the expansion population.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats put Attorney General William Barr on the hot-seat several times Tuesday over the administration’s switch of positions in Texas v. Azar, first in a letter demanding Barr fully explain the reasoning behind the move, provide access to any related documents and make key Justice Department lawyers available for questioning by April 22, and then during Barr’s appearance at an appropriations hearing.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Republican attorneys general seeking to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act have reversed course and no longer oppose a July oral argument date in the Texas v. Azar appeal now that the Trump administration has agreed the ACA should be scrapped and has requested a hearing for the week of July 8, which suggests DOJ may be taking the reins from the appellees even though the government formally remains an appellant in the high-profile case.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

Over 40 consumer groups asked Congress to ensure that any surprise billing legislation they pass applies to all insurance plans and care settings and takes steps beyond simply increasing transparency requirements for plans and providers.

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

U.S. Court of Claims Judge Margaret Sweeney in late March denied a request from the class action case to file judgment for cost-sharing reduction payments due for the 2017 plan year, which would have allowed Wisconsin-based Common Ground and the more than 90 other issuers in the lawsuit to be a party to an ongoing appeal.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce approved six pieces of legislation out of committee that aim to bolster the Affordable Care Act and reverse administrative actions that Democrats say undermine the law.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) reintroduced their bill to add a Medicare-like, publicly operated health insurance option to the Affordable Care Act’s individual markets.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Mark Meadows (NC) is writing what he says is a comprehensive drug-pricing bill with fellow House Republicans that could expand rebate reforms to the commercial market, the Freedom Caucus chair told Inside Health Policy Wednesday (April 3).

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

A group of conservative health policy experts, known as the Health Care Consensus Group, has been meeting weekly to craft a GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and that effort took on new importance when President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday (April 3) that his health care plan will be a prominent part of his 2020 campaign.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Details about the consequences of work requirements on those that don’t comply are a sticking point in the Idaho legislature’s effort to pass a scaled-back version of the state’s voter approved Medicaid expansion.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump stepped back his demand that the Senate immediately craft a health bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, following a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and is now saying that a plan will be voted on after the 2020 elections.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic senators on Tuesday reintroduced a revised version of their Medicare-X bill that would make a government-run public option available first in areas that lack competition, but by 2025 the plan would be in all individual and small business exchanges.

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