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Friday, 17 February 2017

GOP senators aren’t coalescing around a repeal of Medicaid expansion despite the House GOP's release of a policy brief that would pull back the Affordable Care Act's expansion of the program.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Eight states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act included statutory triggers to end their expansion programs should Congress reduce the enhanced federal match below levels guaranteed by the ACA, according to a paper by Manatt Health Solutions obtained by Inside Health Policy.

Friday, 17 February 2017

CMS Administrator-nominee Seema Verma said Thursday (Feb. 16) that she does not support giving vouchers for Medicare beneficiaries to buy insurance, she supports extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Plan for eight years, she’ll help Congress investigate EpiPen Medicaid rebates and she’ll make innovation center demonstrations voluntary.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

House Republicans outline a plan to pull back Medicaid expansion and convert Medicaid into a per-person pay system in a health care policy brief obtained by Inside Health Policy.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Members of the House Freedom Caucus stood firm on their position that Congress needs to repeal Medicaid expansion at a Wednesday (Feb. 15) press conference where Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) announced his House companion bill to the Affordable Care Act replacement by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Mental health advocates pressed members of the Senate Appropriations HHS subcommittee to protect the Medicaid program -- including expansion -- at a hearing on mental health Wednesday (Feb. 15), and also pushed for more community health center funding.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) chaired a Feb. 14 meeting with House Republican lawmakers to outline for their Republican colleagues the differences between per-capita caps and block grants as the GOP plans to include Medicaid changes within their first budget reconciliation.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

House GOP leadership may revise the federal matching system for states' Medicaid programs in the first budget reconciliation that is likely to be voted on in April, an industry executive close to the talks told Inside Health Policy.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

House GOP leadership may revise the federal matching system for states' Medicaid programs in the first budget reconciliation that is likely to be voted on in April, an industry executive close to the talks told Inside Health Policy.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Senate Judiciary Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA) said he hopes newly confirmed HHS Secretary Tom Price will be more responsive to lawmakers' concerns than was the Obama administration, particularly around Medicaid drug rebates and misclassifications.

Friday, 10 February 2017

CMS Administrator-designate Seema Verma offered her 2013 public-record testimony, “The Need for Medicaid Reform: A State Perspective,” as the main policy statement in the completed questionnaire she submitted to the Senate Finance Committee outlining her qualifications for the job.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Governors are hopeful newly confirmed HHS Secretary Tom Price will let states make successful 1115 Medicaid waivers permanent, simplify 1332 and 1115 waiver processes, and let states collect on some of the federal Medicaid savings accrued when they lower their spending on dual-eligible beneficiaries, a National Governors Association official said.

Thursday, 09 February 2017

Republican lawmakers may look to re-authorize federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for one year only as they undertake big-picture health reforms this year, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) told Inside Health Policy.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Tuesday (Feb. 7) cleared two bills that would factor in certain income to restrict Medicaid eligibility: HR 829, passed as amended largely along party lines, would kick Medicaid beneficiaries from coverage should they win a large lottery or have another income windfall.

Monday, 06 February 2017

As Republican lawmakers debate a path forward on Medicaid reform, Republican governors and state insurance directors are asking Congress to make it easier for states to tailor their Medicaid expansion programs by reducing wait-times for waiver approvals, lowering the eligibility threshold and eliminating essential benefits requirements.

Monday, 06 February 2017

Congress' Medicaid and CHIP advisers recently laid out 10 policy considerations for capping federal funding of Medicaid, including the populations and services to include under the caps, state responsibilities and the base year for calculating funding levels, at a recent meeting.

Thursday, 02 February 2017

Republican lawmakers on the House Energy & Commerce Committee at a Feb. 1 health subcommittee hearing asked witnesses whether state Medicaid programs would be better off if they could opt out of the current Medicaid drug formulary and related rebate framework, which includes all FDA-approved drugs.

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (Feb. 1) convened to discuss three draft Medicaid bills that would step up scrutiny of beneficiaries who may not qualify for federal assistance and establish savings that they said would eliminate waiting lists for home and community based health care.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), chair of the House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee, said at a hearing Tuesday (Jan. 31) that states are gaming Medicaid by counting traditional-Medicaid beneficiaries as newly eligible beneficiaries to get more federal money, but Democratic members of the panel said Republicans are blowing the problem out of proportion in an effort to take insurance away from those who have received Medicaid from the Affordable Care Act.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

President Donald Trump called for lowering drug prices in Medicare and Medicaid, increasing competition and bidding, reforming FDA to accelerate drug approvals, letting terminally ill patients get treatments and ending foreign freeloading of U.S.-made drugs in a meeting with pharmaceutical companies Tuesday (Jan. 31).

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