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January 31, 2019 | Daily News

Kentucky is postponing the launch of its Medicaid work requirements for at least three months as a lawsuit challenging their legality is pending in federal court.

January 30, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee leaders on Tuesday (Jan. 29) pushed for a five-year funding package for community health centers -- more than double the funding provided the last time lawmakers extended funding for those providers.

January 30, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Democrats launched an investigation into rising insulin prices on Wednesday (Jan. 30), one day after two other committees highlighted the plight of diabetics who can’t afford new versions of the drug.

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) are seeking comments on a draft bill to exempt performance-based drug-reimbursement contracts from the Medicaid best price rule, anti-kickback law and the so-called Stark law against doctor self-referrals, the senators announced Tuesday (Jan. 29).

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Idaho Supreme Court considered Tuesday (Jan. 29) whether to declare Idaho’s Medicaid expansion plan unconstitutional less than three months after the state’s voters approved it in a ballot initiative, but several of the court’s justices expressed skepticism about arguments advanced by the group that is challenging the expansion.

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the new Senate Finance Committee chairman, said that HHS Secretary Alex Azar is likely using the administration’s International Price Index model for Medicare Part B to extract concessions from pharmaceutical companies after the committee’s first in a series of planned hearings on prescription drug pricing.

January 28, 2019 | Daily News

After Medicaid expansion made dramatic inroads in several red states in 2018, early signs from the opening days of this year’s state legislative sessions suggest that expansion may be on the horizon in even more red states in 2019.

January 28, 2019 | Daily News

Washington state’s health care authority is in the final stages of a plan to pay a subscription for hepatitis C drugs that would cover its Medicaid beneficiaries, prisoners and state employees, including teachers, and the winner-take-all model could be extended to the commercial market and other states.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Officials with Families USA wrote in a Health Affairs blog Thursday (Jan. 24) that CMS needs to rewrite the objective of Medicaid to successfully respond to legal challenges to Medicaid work requirements, as advocates for those suing over the requirements say the coverage losses in Arkansas, and expected losses in Kentucky, show that the waivers do not further the point of the program.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) is requesting state legislation to let its Medicaid program negotiate supplemental rebates for expensive drugs.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

Federal Medicaid advisers voted Thursday (Jan. 24) to recommend that Congress alter scheduled payment cuts to disproportionate-share hospitals so the cuts are phased in more gradually and redistributed among states based upon their percentage of low-income residents.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

Medicare for All is picking up support among the American public and federal lawmakers are beginning to consider the idea more seriously.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

The president, HHS secretary and other administration officials touted the administration’s efforts to lower drug prices at a White House meeting Wednesday (Jan. 23) where the president talked of his amazement upon recently learning that generics work as well as the brands they copy.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

Maine’s new Democratic governor, Janet Mills, has rejected a plan to add work requirements to the state’s Medicaid program just one month after CMS approved the plan in the waning days of the administration of controversial former Republican governor Paul LePage.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

The judge overseeing the federal lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s plan to implement Medicaid work requirements denied a request from the Department of Justice to put the case indefinitely on hold during the partial government shutdown.

January 18, 2019 | Daily News

Arizona is the eighth state to receive permission from the Trump administration to add work requirements to its Medicaid program, and after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations between state officials and CMS lawyers, CMS allowed the state to exempt some Native Americans from the requirements.

January 18, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) says his committee will be looking into the Medicaid work requirement waivers, which the Trump administration has approved for eight states, but E&C oversight subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) says they aren’t at the top of her agenda.

January 16, 2019 | Daily News

The number of Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries who lost coverage as a result of the state’s newly enacted work requirements grew to more than 18,000 last month, according to data released by the state Tuesday (Jan. 15).

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

Medicaid advocates are asking the federal judge who has already blocked Kentucky’s work requirement program from going into effect once to do so again, as the latest version of the lawsuit says the version of Kentucky HEALTH that was reapproved by CMS in November shares the same flaws as the prior version.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will discuss a bill on pharmacy benefit manager transparency this session with his committee, a spokesman for the senator told Inside Health Policy.

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