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October 18, 2017 | Daily News

A source tells Inside Health Policy that rumored potential HHS secretary nominee, former Lilly president and HHS official Alex Azar, has been interviewed for the job and wants it with conditions -- but those conditions remain unknown as of press time.

October 17, 2017 | Daily News

Lawmakers and states have turned their attention to overturning a statutory hurdle that keeps Medicaid funds from going to institutions of mental disease (IMD), and behavioral health experts and patient advocates believe that Congress and CMS may soon take actions to eliminate the Nixon-era rule.

October 17, 2017 | Daily News

West Virginia's substance use disorder 1115 waiver removes a statutory hurdle that keeps Medicaid funds from going to institutions of mental disease (IMD) for substance abuse treatments, and advocates are hopeful that the administration’s approval of the waiver could lead to similar waivers in other states.

October 16, 2017 | Daily News

House Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on how to pay for a five-year funding extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provider lobbyists say means the House GOP will likely have to accept CHIP legislation that Republican and Democratic senators are negotiating.

October 12, 2017 | Daily News

House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) said he thinks House Republicans could pass CHIP funding extension legislation without support from Democrats.

October 12, 2017 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Democrats are urging CMS to use waivers that the Bush administration developed after Hurricane Katrina to make it easier for evacuees to maintain Medicaid and CHIP coverage or enroll in those programs, but a consumer advocate said the administration has shown no interest in using those waivers.

October 11, 2017 | Daily News

The House appropriations bill to aid hurricane and wildfire responses does not include Puerto Rico's request for extra Medicaid funding, which may be a sticking point for getting House Democrats to vote for legislation that funds the Children's Health Insurance Program another five years.

October 10, 2017 | Daily News

House Republicans are briefly delaying the floor vote on CHIP legislation to negotiate offsets with Democrats, according to a statement by House Energy & Commerce Chair Greg Walden (R-OR).

October 10, 2017 | Daily News

Mental and behavioral health advocates say they don't know who will replace Rep. Tim Murphy as a champion for their cause.

October 04, 2017 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce members argued Wednesday (Oct. 4) over offsets for CHIP legislation and funding for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program, and the ranking Democrat on the committee said the handling of the offsets could delay funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

October 04, 2017 | Daily News

Eric Hargan’s confirmation as deputy secretary of HHS took on extra significance Wednesday (Oct. 4), as it came less than a week after former HHS Secretary Tom Price resigned, and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (OR) took to the Senate floor to oppose Hargan saying he has “no reason to believe Mr. Hargan will deviate from Tom Price’s ideological agenda that includes constant sabotage of the Affordable Care Act.”

October 04, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) vowed to extend several health care programs that were not included in CHIP legislation that the committee passed Wednesday (Oct. 4).

October 03, 2017 | Daily News

House Republicans are looking to the Affordable Care Act to glean some of the offsets for the proposed five-year funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers (CHC) and policy advocates are questioning the efficacy of the two provisions GOP House leaders are eying: reducing the 90-day grace period in which people who have failed to make their monthly premiums are allowed to keep their coverage and cutting $6.35 billion (over 10 years) from the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund.

October 03, 2017 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s CHIP bill would stop $2 billion in cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments in fiscal 2018, but cuts would go back into effect in fiscal 2019 and DSH pay would be cut by $16 billion over two years in fiscal 2026 and 2027 to cover the cost of the policy.

October 03, 2017 | Daily News

The CHIP legislation that House and Senate committees are to mark up Wednesday (Oct. 4) is based on the bipartisan agreement struck by the Senate Finance Committee members in mid September, except that the House bill includes offsets and an approximate $1 billion funding boost for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program.

October 03, 2017 | Daily News

In addition to marking up the Children’s Health Insurance Program funding reauthorization bill on Wednesday (Oct. 4), the House Energy & Commerce Committee will also mark up several other pieces of Medicare-related legislation, but according to lobbyists, advocates and committee staffers, these bills will likely stay separate from any CHIP funding package.

October 03, 2017 | Daily News

The centerpiece of Democrats’ attack on the Republican budget and tax reform plan appears to be that the plan would pay for tax cuts to the rich by slashing Medicare and Medicaid funding.

September 29, 2017 | Daily News

After HHS Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday (Sept. 29) following a scandal over his private jet travel, the White House tapped Don Wright, who has served as deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the office of disease prevention and health promotion, as acting HHS chief at a critical juncture when the administration faces pressure from Democrats and the health care industry to stabilize the individual insurance market.

September 29, 2017 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee will mark up legislation to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and several extenders on Wednesday (Oct. 4), the same day that the House Energy & Commerce Committee will mark up its CHIP bill.

September 28, 2017 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of 221 House lawmakers, led by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), John Culberson (R-TX) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS), sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday (Sept. 28) urging them to delay the impending Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment cuts for at least two years.

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