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November 16, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) is returning to chair the Finance Committee after a hiatus as Judiciary chair, and the move gives advocates for lower drug prices an ally on the committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid that they do not have in the current Finance Chair Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is retiring.

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

Michigan has become the second state to gain CMS permission to enter into outcome-based contracts with drug manufacturers under its Medicaid program, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced at the Prevision Policy Biopharma Congress on Tuesday.

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

Vermont is studying whether the state could save money on prescription drugs in its Medicaid program by condensing its supply chain and purchasing drugs directly from wholesalers.

November 12, 2018 | Daily News

Dozens of academics in public health and health law told a federal judge that CMS misrepresented studies on the relationship between work and health when the agency approved Arkansas’ controversial program of Medicaid work requirements.

November 12, 2018 | Daily News

Democratic governor-elects across the country have lamented high prescription drug prices and proposed aggressive new policies to address the issue, including importing drugs from Canada, starting outcome-based prescription drug payments, and creating anti-price gouging standards.

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 09, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Democrats, led by ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR), call for CMS to improve regulatory oversight of long-term care facilities' emergency preparedness in a newly released report that finds current rules don't go far to protect beneficiaries during hurricanes.

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

CMS is seeking to give states more freedom to define network adequacy in Medicaid managed care and to set the capitation rates paid to Medicaid plans.

November 08, 2018 | Daily News

CMS proposed a rule that aims to better ensure consumers are not dually enrolled in exchange and other public coverage, including Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the Basic Health Plan.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday (Nov. 6) finished its review of the Trump administration's proposed revamp of Medicaid managed care regulations, which has been in the works since shortly after President Trump took office.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday (Nov. 6) finished its review of the Trump administration's proposed revamp of Medicaid managed care regulations, which has been in the works since shortly after President Trump took office.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Medicaid expansion could become a reality in Kansas, Maine and Wisconsin after Democrats won the governor’s mansions in those states Tuesday (Nov. 6).

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah chose Tuesday (Nov. 6) to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, but voters in Montana rejected a ballot initiative that would have made that state’s Medicaid expansion permanent.

November 06, 2018 | Daily News

Arkansas’ controversial Medicaid work requirements should be halted for many of the same reasons that Kentucky’s proposed work requirements were blocked from taking effect earlier this year, advocates for beneficiaries told the federal judge who is presiding over both cases.

November 05, 2018 | Daily News

Voters in four crimson-red states could expand Medicaid eligibility to more than 300,000 people on Tuesday (Nov. 6) in ballot referendums designed to circumvent years of opposition from conservative elected officials in those states.

November 05, 2018 | Daily News

After the midterms on Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee will prepare itself for the retirements of two of its senior members, health subcommittee ranking Democrat Rep. Gene Green (TX) and committee Vice Chair Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), as well as the departure of Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA).

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