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December 15, 2017 | Daily News

Congressional Medicaid advisers on Thursday (Dec. 14) debated the merits of policies on the calculation and oversight of drug rebates, including giving CMS more power over classifying drugs as brands for determining rebate amounts.

December 13, 2017 | Daily News

House Republicans on Wednesday (Dec. 13) added the CHIP bill they already passed, including partisan offsets, to a must-pass bill to fund the government until Jan. 19.

December 12, 2017 | Daily News

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Monday (Dec. 11) sent the state legislature a list of demands he says must be met before the state expands Medicaid, as called for by Mainers in the Nov. 7 election.

December 11, 2017 | Daily News

Six physician groups on Friday (Dec. 8) wrote to Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan and and CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking them not to use Medicaid waivers to place limits and barriers on coverage, such as by conditioning coverage on work.

December 08, 2017 | Daily News

Lawmakers still hope to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program by year's end, even though the omnibus appropriations bill on which lobbyists thought CHIP would ride seems to be slipping into next year.

December 06, 2017 | Daily News

CMS' general counsel is gearing up to combat expected litigation from health care advocates if the agency moves forward with its plan to let states impose Medicaid work requirements, and CMS Administrator Seema Verma and state officials reportedly now are working to roll out approvals by the end of the year, according to those familiar with the process.

December 06, 2017 | Daily News

A National Academy of Sciences report on ways to cut drug prices -- to be featured at a Senate health committee hearing next Tuesday (Dec. 12) -- includes proposals that run counter to the interests of brand drug makers, pharmacy benefit managers and health plans.

December 06, 2017 | Daily News

National health care spending growth decelerated in 2016 following two years of coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act and high retail prescription drug spending growth, but even though the rate of spending growth declined, the share of the economy devoted to health care grew slightly as that spending increased 1.5 percentage points faster than the gross domestic product.

December 05, 2017 | Daily News

House and Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday (Dec. 5) had different approaches in mind for temporarily funding the government, and if House Republicans convince Senate Republicans to do a continuing resolution that is longer than two weeks, states would likely be forced to notify families that they’ll lose Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for their kids, a Republican lobbyist said.

December 04, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Friday (Dec. 1) he is confident that Congress will fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but he complained about other government programs and said “some of these big problems” may need to be resolved before CHIP funding is voted on.

December 04, 2017 | Daily News

The House is scheduled to vote this week on a temporary government-funding bill that would allow CMS to give states in greatest need of CHIP funding a disproportionate share of leftover money from 2016 grants.

December 01, 2017 | Daily News

Many states are considering notifying families that they may lose their children’s health care coverage if Congress does not fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program by the Dec. 8 deadline for passing a continuing resolution that temporarily funds the government, panelists at a CHIP event said Dec. 1, and states already are making backup plans that include shifting kids to exchange coverage.

November 30, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Finance ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) and House Energy & Commerce ranking Democrat Frank Pallone (NJ) told CMS Administrator Seema Verma they are worried a recently approved amendment to Iowa’s 1115 waiver that would eliminate retroactive Medicaid coverage could have “devastating consequences” for the state's elderly and disabled.

November 27, 2017 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocacy groups oppose HHS’ proposal to ramp up income verification requirements for people who fall into the so-called Medicaid gap in states that didn’t expand the program, arguing that new income reporting requirements could cause additional confusion and deter enrollment.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

The Trump administration pledged to approve Medicaid work requirements as a means of saving states money, but policy experts say that the paperwork and reporting necessary to put such requirements in place, as well as tracking them, will place undue burdens on the states and could lead to eligible people losing coverage.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

The Trump administration is preparing to approve work requirements in the Medicaid program, a move many former Obama officials have criticized and stakeholders are planning to fight, but experts say that work requirements would not cause a large number of Medicaid recipients to lose coverage, nor would such requirements significantly benefit the economy or workforce.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

House Oversight and Government subcommittees alleged the Trump administration has used the guise of HHS regulatory reform to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

Avalere found that if the federal government were to allow states to expand Medicaid to adults with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level rather than 138 percent, 4 million people could shift from Medicaid to the exchanges and nearly 7 million others could be newly eligible for Medicaid coverage if more states expanded their programs.

November 13, 2017 | Daily News

This month, the first state will exhaust money to run the Children's Health Insurance Program, even with the help of carryover funding and redistribution payments, CMS states in guidance to state CHIP directors.

November 13, 2017 | Daily News

President Donald Trump announced Monday (Nov. 13) via tweet the nomination of Alex Azar to lead HHS, saying the former Lilly president "will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!"