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November 21, 2018 | Daily News

A state judge in Maine on Wednesday (Nov. 21) told the administration of outgoing Gov. Paul LePage (R) that it has two weeks to adopt rules to implement Medicaid expansion.

November 21, 2018 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (Nov. 20) re-approved a plan to allow Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky, five months after a federal judge struck down the agency’s initial approval of the program. Advocates for beneficiaries immediately pledged to challenge the new approval in court.

November 20, 2018 | Daily News

The Department of Justice asked Maryland to both withdraw its lawsuit to protect the Affordable Care Act and to dismiss its request that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker be removed from the case, arguing that Maryland doesn’t have a legal right to determine the law’s constitutionality.

November 20, 2018 | Daily News

The Department of Justice in a Nov. 16 motion asked a district court in Maryland to dismiss the state’s lawsuit to protect the Affordable Care Act, arguing that Maryland doesn’t have a legal right to determine the law’s constitutionality.

November 20, 2018 | Daily News

SAN FRANCISCO -- CMS director of exchange policy Randy Pate told state regulators that the agency will provide more specific examples of potential waivers under the new 1332 guidance but continued to stress state officials should bring ideas to the table.

November 19, 2018 | Daily News

Maine Deputy Attorney General Susan Herman says that the state’s outgoing Republican Governor Paul LePage does not have the authority to represent the interests of Maine as a plaintiff in the controversial court case that could determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act, Texas v. United States, because Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said she never consented to let the state be represented by the attorney general of Texas.

November 19, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate Democratic leaders on health committees are calling for the Trump administration to withdraw its new guidance changing the purpose of 1332 waivers, arguing the guidance is inconsistent with congressional intent and could reduce patients’ access to care, especially for those with preexisting conditions, and increase health care costs by expanding the use of short-term plans.

November 19, 2018 | Daily News

DaVita officials tells investors that the dialysis company assumes it will increase its lobbying budget by $30 million to beat back continued initiatives aimed at lowering dialysis pay as the industry’s battle with unions and other stakeholders continues.

November 16, 2018 | Daily News

Republican senators who introduced a bill to protect the Affordable Care Act’s coverage of preexisting conditions are waiting on a ruling in the controversial ACA case in Texas before charting their next steps, which could include adding a severability clause to the health law.

November 15, 2018 | Daily News

Another 3,815 Medicaid beneficiaries in Arkansas will be kicked off the program for failing to meet the state’s new work requirements, bringing the total to more than 12,000 people who have lost coverage since the work requirements kicked in this summer.

November 14, 2018 | Daily News

The new director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services touted CMS’ commitment to work requirements in Medicaid in a speech Wednesday (Nov. 14), and said the agency is seeing “exciting results.”

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.

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