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June 10, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (June 10) opened a federal public comment period on South Carolina’s request to join other conservative states in adding work requirements to their Medicaid programs.

June 10, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic leaders of key House committees ask CMS to provide by June 18 more details on its enhanced direct enrollment process that lets consumers sign up for an exchange plan via a third party without going through the marketplace.

June 10, 2019 | Daily News

Stakeholders supporting both independent arbitration or a set benchmark payment rate as a fix for surprise medical bills are encouraging the Senate health committee to change its proposed payment standard in order to prevent providers and physicians from losing money.

June 07, 2019 | Daily News

U.S. District Judge Reed O’ Connor this week agreed with employer and individual plaintiffs in a class action suit against HHS that the Affordable Care Act’s contractive coverage mandate, and the accommodation designed by the Obama administration, violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

June 07, 2019 | Daily News

Connecticut lawmakers’ effort to pass a sweeping health reform bill collapsed in the state’s senate late Wednesday (June 5), the final day of the session.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

As support builds among insurers, think tanks and some lawmakers for including network matching, also known as an in-network guarantee, in surprise billing legislation, physician groups and hospitals warn the proposal could hurt physicians and benefit insurers with no benefit to patients.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget has begun its review of a planned CMS guidance letter that stakeholders expect will allow states to convert their federal Medicaid funding into some form of a block grant.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

A proposed ballot measure to expand Medicaid in Florida has cleared an early hurdle on the path to be added to next year’s ballot.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

A Senate Finance Committee task force has added the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance tax to the list of health fees for which it is seeking a permanent fix, a Senate staffer confirmed.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), a longtime champion of repealing the Affordable Care Act’s 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans, dubbed the “Cadillac tax,” filed a motion to schedule a House vote now that the bipartisan repeal bill has gathered 345 co-sponsors.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing on Medicare for All and other coverage expansion options on June 12, making it the first health care committee of jurisdiction to hold a hearing on the progressive health policy priority and the third time a House committee has examined single player in the past month.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Tuesday (June 4) filed a motion to immediately block the Trump administration’s rule that allows medical professions the right to refuse care due to religious or moral objections.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the Senate’s options to curb surprise medical bills found the health committee’s proposal to set a benchmark payment rate would save the most money at $25 billion in health savings to the federal government over 10 years, sources familiar with the preliminary scores told Inside Health Policy.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration on Friday (May 31) filed its opening brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia challenging a lower court decision to vacate key provisions of the Department of Labor’s final rule on association health plans (AHPs).

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

This week the Congressional Budget Office will score several House and Senate proposals to curb surprise medical bills, according to a Republican staffer.

May 31, 2019 | Daily News

The American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Services, tasked with making health care policy recommendations, has rejected medical students’ call for AMA to scrap its long-standing opposition to single-payer health care and instead is recommending the physician group advocate improvements to the Affordable Care Act.

May 31, 2019 | Daily News

The Idaho Insurance Department on Friday unveiled and opened public comments on a draft 1332 waiver application that would let residents earning between 100% and 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL) purchase subsidized coverage from the state exchange or enroll in Medicaid under the expansion recently approved by voters.

May 31, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s draft proposal to curb surprise billing has spurred sharp divisions between hospitals and insurers as did the Senate’s first stab at legislation several months ago.

May 30, 2019 | Daily News

A new proposal to curb surprise billing by implementing “network-matching,” floated by Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA), could save the federal government $7 billion over 10 years, according to a new analysis by the Council for Affordable Health Coverage.

May 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice and the White House have yet to respond to a May 13 letter from five House committee chairs who are seeking background material and other information on the administration’s decision to stop defending any part of the Affordable Care Act in the high-profile Texas v. Azar case, congressional aides confirm.

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