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Health-Exchange-Alert

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

Biden’s historic pick to head CMS, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, has extensive experience with the Affordable Care Act having helped to draft the bill as a House Ways & Means staffer, where she worked with HHS Secretary-nominee Xavier Becerra before moving to help implement the law as deputy director of CMS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, which oversees the insurance exchanges and related policies.

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s pick to head CMS, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, has criticized Medicaid work requirements and excessive Medicaid redeterminations as barriers to coverage and has suggested some type of federal coverage guarantee is needed to protect beneficiaries in states that have expanded Medicaid from potential coverage rollbacks.

February 18, 2021 | Daily News

A Maryland immigrant rights group suing over the Trump administration’s public charge rule on Wednesday (Feb. 17) asked a federal appeals court to proceed with the case, rejecting the Biden administration’s efforts to put the case on hold while federal agencies revisit the rule.

February 18, 2021 | Daily News

Centene and Molina had some rough patches with their exchange products in recent months, but officials from both companies said they are positive about the long-term prospects of their companies in their recent fourth quarter earnings calls and are pleased with the initial steps by the Biden administration to protect and expand coverage.

February 18, 2021 | Daily News

Centene and Molina had some rough patches with their exchange products in recent months, but officials from both companies said they are positive about the long-term prospects of their companies in their recent fourth quarter earnings calls and are pleased with the initial steps by the Biden administration to protect and expand coverage.

February 18, 2021 | Daily News

A RAND study released Thursday (Feb. 18) found setting hospital prices in the private insurance market would likely lead to more savings than price transparency or an increase in hospital market competition, but hospital groups say the analysis doesn’t take related health care costs into account.

February 18, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s piece of the COVID-19 package includes $20 million in funding for state-based marketplaces to support technology and other updates, including actions needed to implement changes to the Affordable Care Act’s subsidy structure as called for by the Ways & Means Committee’s portion.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine (VA) and Michael Bennet (CO) Wednesday (Feb.17) previewed an updated version of their legislation to create a new public option in the exchanges that relies on Medicare infrastructure and allows for higher reimbursement rates for rural hospitals than did earlier versions.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden has reportedly picked Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be the next CMS administrator.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for HHS Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra on Feb. 24, the day after the Senate health committee considers his nomination.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

CVS Health President and CEO Karen Lynch announced Tuesday (Feb. 16) that Aetna will re-enter the Affordable Care Act marketplace for the 2022 plan year.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association has laid out a broad 2021 health care advocacy agenda that calls for Congress and the Biden administration to preserve federal Medicaid and Medicare funding, investigate health insurance anti-competitiveness, protect hospitals when implement surprise billing protections and more.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association’s recently released 2021 advocacy agenda asks policymakers to make the health care system more efficient, financially stable and equitable by enacting medical liability reform, increasing electronic communication within the industry and collecting more data on race and ethnicity to improve health outcomes.

February 16, 2021 | Daily News

About 1.7 million more people would buy coverage through the health insurance exchanges in 2022 under the provisions in the House Ways & Means COVID-19 bill that, if enacted, would temporarily increase and enhance the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits and erase the subsidy cliff, the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Commission on Taxation said Monday (Feb. 15).

February 16, 2021 | Daily News

House Oversight & Reform Committee Republicans spent more than eight hours in a markup Friday (Feb. 12) trying to stop, or impose greater restrictions on, the $350 billion in COVID-19 relief Democrats proposed for state and local governments to use on pandemic-related expenses, including closing budget shortfalls -- but they failed on a party line vote.

February 16, 2021 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s reconciliation bill would increase COVID-19 vaccinations for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries by 6 million over the next two years and would convince some states that haven’t expanded Medicaid to do so a year earlier than the office previously projected.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

CMS took initial steps to roll back states’ Medicaid work requirements on Friday (Feb. 12), telling states, including Arkansas and New Hampshire, it doesn’t believe their programs promote Medicaid objectives and giving them 30 days to send information on why they disagree.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Feb. 12) rescinded 11th-hour procedures instituted by Trump’s CMS chief Seema Verma to make it more difficult for the Biden administration to ax Medicaid 1115 demos that include work requirements.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

CMS tells Inside Health Policy it is considering offering more money to health insurance navigators due to the special enrollment period (SEP) opening Monday (Feb. 15), but, as of now, the in-person assisters who faced massive funding cuts under the Trump administration will be working with any dollars that are left over from open enrollment.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said the committee would revisit whether to permanently let states extend Medicaid postpartum coverage for one year after a child is born, rejecting a Republican proposal Friday (Feb. 12).

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