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February 12, 2021 | Daily News

Senators should hold a confirmation hearing for President Joe Biden’s HHS Secretary nominee Xaiver Becerra once they return later this month from break, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, among others, demanded in a press call Friday (Feb. 12), pointing out additional appointments to CMS and other agencies can’t be filled until the secretary is in place.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

HHS filed a motion Wednesday (Feb. 10) to stay the proceedings in a lawsuit filed this summer by several Democratic state attorneys general challenging a Trump administration rule that rolled back nondiscrimination protections for transgender individuals under the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557 nondiscrimination protections.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

Days after House Democrats included temporary expansions of Affordable Care Act tax credits and subsidies for employer-sponsored coverage and extra money for expanding Medicaid in their draft COVID-19 bills, major insurer, hospital, physician, employer and business lobbies announced a new coalition that backs those and other policies that build off the ACA and strive toward universal health care -- without relying on a public option.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

Even before the House Energy & Commerce Committee included an incentive in their COVID-19 relief bill to get the hold-out states to expand Medicaid, health care advocates in several states were already working to extend the program through measures that could be on the ballot in the mid-terms.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

The Pacific Business Group on Health, which represents several large, nationwide employers, including Walmart, is eyeing numerous ways to reform the health care system in the coming years and is seeking state and federal help where needed.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

The House Way & Means Committee cleared its piece of the chamber’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package, which would increase and enhance Affordable Care Act tax credits, provide maximum credits to anyone on unemployment in 2021, subsidize COBRA, and offer tax relief to Americans who would otherwise have to return ACA subsidy overpayments.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee is marking up pandemic relief legislation Thursday (Feb. 11) that would cover state Medicaid programs’ COVID-19 vaccine costs for up to a year after the end of the public health emergency, as well as give states the option to add certain beneficiaries and services to their Medicaid programs.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

State Medicaid programs would see a temporary 7.35% increase in federal matching funds in order to improve their home- and community-based service options under the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s portion of Democrats’ pandemic relief bill, to be marked up Thursday (Feb. 11).

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee marks up legislation Thursday (Feb. 11) that would let states voluntarily extend full Medicaid and CHIP coverage for up to one year postpartum -- but unlike a previous proposal passed by the committee in 2019, the new language wouldn’t provide any additional federal matching funds (FMAP).

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The House Education & Labor Committee Wednesday morning completed marking up its section of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package with its COBRA subsidy provision intact after Democrats rejected a GOP amendment that would have barred the federal funding for plans that cover abortion.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden Department of Justice Wednesday (Feb. 10) took a highly anticipated step to switch the government’s position in the high-profile Supreme Court case over the future of the Affordable Care Act, telling the court it now sides with House Democrats and the 20 Democratic attorneys general that defend the law -- leaving a group of GOP AGs, and two Texans, alone in calling for the law to be overturned.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

In addition to pushing legislative reforms to boost Medicaid expansion, Medicaid experts are urging President Joe Biden to also administratively improve the existing program, such as by updating and improving communications with beneficiaries, improving interagency communication and modifying guidances associated with the Tennessee block grant and how states may resume kicking beneficiaries off the rolls.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

A federal court Monday agreed to the Department of Justice’s unopposed request to delay proceedings on a lawsuit over the Trump administration’s rule expanding Association Health Plans (AHPs) in order to give the new administration a chance to review the case.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s portion of the pandemic relief bill, released late Tuesday, would give a 5% bump in federal matching pay for two years to states that move to expand Medicaid after the bill is enacted. The funding would be an incentive for the 12 states hold out states to act.

February 09, 2021 | Daily News

Better Medicare Alliance, a coalition of Medicare Advantage advocates, wants policymakers to reward MA plans for addressing health disparities as part of policymakers’ COVID-19 response, as well as promote telehealth and other alternative care and streamline the MA enrollment experience by shifting the responsibility to HHS, according to the group’s 2021 policy agenda, released exclusively to Inside Health Policy.

February 08, 2021 | Daily News

Americans who have lost their jobs and are enrolled in unemployment during 2021 would be eligible to receive the maximum amount of Affordable Care Act tax credits under the COVID-19 reconciliation language unveiled by the House Ways & Means Committee late Monday.

February 08, 2021 | Daily News

The leaders of 19 state-based marketplaces have joined to encourage Congress to increase subsidies for lower-income Americans and remove the subsidy cliff that blocks those in the middle-class from help as they craft the next COVID-19 relief package.

February 08, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association placed a priority on COVID-19 relief in its 2021 policy agenda document, which asks Congress and the Biden administration for increased support for providers, protection for patients’ access to insurance and permanent telehealth flexibilities.

February 08, 2021 | Daily News

The exchange director under the Trump administration is launching a new consulting firm that will provide research, strategic advice and consulting services to health care companies across the spectrum: Randolph Pate Advisory LLC will officially open its doors on Tuesday (Feb. 9).

February 05, 2021 | Daily News

Employees who lost job-based coverage due to lay-offs or furloughs could get fully subsidized COBRA coverage under legislation introduced Thursday (Jan. 28) by a group of 11 Democratic senators led by Majority Whip Dick Durbin (IL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (NV).

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