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March 18, 2019 | Daily News

CMS’ fiscal 2020 budget includes no funding authority for exchange operations, but does request a legislative proposal that would allow the agency to use exchange “user fees” collected from issuers participating in exchanges that use the federal platform for all exchange-related operations.

March 18, 2019 | Daily News

In the final days of its session the New Mexico legislature passed legislation to fund a Medicaid Buy-In study for the upcoming fiscal year.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

The number of Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries who are out of compliance with the state's work requirement continues to grow, according to data released by the state Friday (March 15).

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (March 15) approved Ohio's plan to enact Medicaid work requirements, making it the ninth state to receive federal permission to tie Medicaid coverage to work.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the department is still reviewing whether to extend for another year the transitional policy that allows plans out of compliance with the ACA to remain on the market, but he strongly indicated that HHS is leaning toward yes.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

The New Mexico state legislature closed its 2019 session on Friday (March 15) by passing a bill to ensure state insurers protect people with preexisting conditions in the face of challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

The lobby representing the nation’s dental plans and dozens of lawmakers from both parties are urging CMS to update healthcare.gov so that all Americans, including Medicare beneficiaries, can purchase stand-alone dental plans without having to first buy medical insurance.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

CMS says Arkansas received an advanced draft of guidance released Thursday (March 14) on evaluating 1115 waivers -- particularly those testing work requirements -- and the agency has been working with the state on its evaluation plan.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

House Education & Labor Committee Democrats quickly rejected committee Republicans’ request for a hearing on the House Medicare for All bill (HR 1384), saying the committee will instead focus its energy on shoring up the Affordable Care Act.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

A federal judge said he hopes to rule on the legality of Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky by the end of the month, unveiling his plan to decide quickly at the conclusion of back-to-back court hearings Thursday (March 14) that tested the reasoning behind one of the Trump administration’s most controversial health care priorities.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

CMS released a long-awaited guidance to counsel states on how to implement and evaluate 1115 waivers in Medicaid, particularly work-requirement programs, including an implementation template, a monitoring report template and evaluation design guidance on Thursday (March 14).

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar told Senate Finance Committee members Thursday (March 14) that the more than 18,000 Arkansas residents who lost Medicaid coverage after work requirements took effect is a normal level of churn.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice and the issuers suing the government for cutting off cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments are both asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to consider the separate cases as companions so that they can be heard by the same panel of judges on the same day.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar and House Republicans criticized the recently introduced Medicare For All bill at a House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee hearing Tuesday (March 12), saying it would eliminate Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, a claim that the office of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said was true, but the office said the bill would cover everything MA does.

March 13, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said Wednesday (March 13) that his focus in 2019 will be to block the Trump administration’s health care agenda, rather than to promote ambitious Democratic proposals to overhaul Medicare, which Pallone said have almost no chance of passing in the current Congress.

March 13, 2019 | Daily News

Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee continued their effort to crack down on the Trump administration’s expansion of what they call “junk insurance,” launching an investigation into a dozen groups that market or offer short-term, limited-duration health plans.

March 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by five major cities who charge the administration is violating the Constitution through its efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

Major hospital groups came out swinging against Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Michael Bennett’s (D-CO) Medicare-X proposal and released a report showing that such a public option could result in a nearly $800 billion cut for hospital payments over a 10-year period with no additional revenue boosts.

March 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration is doubling down on some of its most controversial Medicaid policies by proposing in its 2020 budget to impose mandatory work requirements, make it easier for states to eliminate non-emergency medical transportation, and allow higher copayments when beneficiaries seek non-emergency care at the emergency room.

March 11, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget, released Monday (March 11), would cut $1.5 trillion from Medicaid over the next decade by proposing mandatory work requirements nationwide, repealing Medicaid expansion and proposing block grants or per-capita caps for states.

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