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Friday, 28 April 2017

The Senate Finance Committee intends to hold a hearing on reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program on May 9, a congressional aide told Inside Health Policy.

Friday, 28 April 2017

House Republicans say they are close to gathering enough support to pass the American Health Care Act and a vote is possible next week.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Congressional GOP leadership didn’t consider the Medicaid proposals by Republican governors of four states that expanded Medicaid, even though Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), a leader of the moderate-Republican Tuesday Group, told leadership his support for the American Health Care Act depends on changes to the bill’s Medicaid provisions.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Although some Republican moderates are unhappy with the Medicaid policies in the stalled American Health Care Act, Republican leaders don’t want to tweak the per-capita caps or Medicaid expansion phase-out provisions so as not to lose votes on the right.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

After a Thursday (April 27) meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), HHS Secretary Tom Price signaled he may change the Obama administration policy of letting states decide whether plans on their exchanges must cover abortion services.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

CMS’ recent $1.5 billion grant to Florida Medicaid’s low-income pool is about $1 billion more than the Obama administration previously estimated the state needed and could undermine Medicaid, two top Democratic lawmakers wrote to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday (April 25).

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Congress' Medicaid commission recently spent nearly two-hours discussing the effects that the House GOP's stalled American Health Care Act would have on Medicaid, and said the bill as written raises a number of questions.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Oregon state Democrats' language in an April 18 discussion document on elimination of the state's Medicaid expansion among the potential cuts was not intended as a recommendation, state Rep. Nancy Nathanson (D) told Inside Health Policy.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Democratic congressional leadership is pushing to bail out Puerto Rico's Medicaid program through the budget omnibus bill, a Democratic leadership aide told Inside Health Policy.

Friday, 21 April 2017

President Trump on Friday (April 21) backed off a White House push to score a legislative victory on health reform next week ahead of his 100th day in office, telling reporters that “it doesn't matter” if the vote is next week, or any other week.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Drug manufacturers are urging the Health Resources and Services Administration to rework the 340B ceiling price rule after HRSA pushed back its implementation citing ongoing questions, but 340B providers say the rule should be implemented immediately because it is already more than six years after the statutory deadline and stakeholders have had many chances to weigh in.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

CMS says that putting in place new Unified Program Integrity Contractors will help the agency improve its communication with states about Medicaid program integrity, but the Government Accountability Office says it is too soon to tell how and whether the new contractors will address issues such as the burden collaborative audits impose on state staff and communication issues surrounding those audits.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

American Enterprise Institute scholars Joseph Antos and James Capretta recently said that if Republicans make a new effort to roll back the Affordable Care Act they should “publicly embrace changes to the [American Health Care Act] bill that would produce better results than the plan that was pulled back from the House vote.”

Monday, 17 April 2017

Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services will submit an 1115 waiver application on May 26 to reshape the state's Medicaid program for childless adults -- with changes including monthly premiums, health risk assessments, and a time limit on eligibility.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Facing a threat of FDA regulatory action over alleged misbranding, Standard Homeopathic Company has agreed to recall its teething tablets connected to a string of child deaths, following a stand off between the company and the agency where the company had earlier refused to recall products already on the market.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Residents in states that expanded Medicaid are more likely to be able to afford doctor visits and prescriptions than those in non-expansion states, but the expansions also have created long wait times for doctors appointments and limited people’s access to care, beneficiary surveys show.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Federal lawmakers who want to convert federal Medicaid funding into per-person payments can look at how states negotiate capitated rates with managed care plans and the budget neutrality of waivers with CMS to forge a system that would work well for states and the federal government, analysts from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission write in a new report.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Massachusetts is asking CMS to scrap the federal employer mandate and allow a state-based reinsurance and risk adjustment program to stabilize the health insurance market.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Medicaid per-capita caps would shift costs to Medicare by cutting funds for the 11 million people whose care is covered under both programs, panelists said at a National Coalition on Health Care event Monday (April 10).

Monday, 10 April 2017

Four states and the District of Columbia will run out of their federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program at the start of fiscal 2018 if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the money, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission reports.

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