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December 04, 2018 | Daily News

The Idaho Supreme Court agreed on Monday (Dec. 3) to quickly hear a case seeking to block the implementation of the state’s Nov. 6 ballot initiative in which 61 percent of the state’s voters chose to expand Medicaid.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

HHS is pushing Congress to consider more site-neutral pay policies in Medicare, repeal the Affordable Care Act’s limit on physician-owned hospitals, relax telehealth restrictions and give Medicare beneficiaries more access to health savings accounts, as part of a new Trump administration report on ways to increase health care choice and competition.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Nov. 30) gave a green light to New Hampshire to move forward with a stringent program of Medicaid work requirements, as well as a transition of the state’s expansion population from the exchanges to Medicaid managed care and the elimination of retroactive coverage for beneficiaries in the expansion population.

November 30, 2018 | Daily News

CMS, worried about potential nursing home staff inadequacies after looking at payroll-based staffing data, will send state survey agencies a list of nursing homes with reduced staffing so surveyors can follow up.

November 29, 2018 | Daily News

Incoming Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley outlined his agenda for lowering drug prices in a floor speech Thursday (Nov. 29) that included praise for actions taken by the Trump administration but made no mention of HHS’ controversial proposal to base Medicare Part B reimbursement on drug prices set by foreign governments.

November 28, 2018 | Daily News

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is using his final weeks in office to continue something he has been doing for nearly his entire time as governor: fighting Medicaid expansion.

November 27, 2018 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma signaled Tuesday (Nov. 27) that the agency intends to proceed full steam ahead in approving Medicaid work requirements, despite growing calls from patient advocates and federal Medicaid advisers for the agency to slow down.

November 27, 2018 | Daily News

Virginia submitted a waiver application to add work requirements to its Medicaid program — a key provision of the compromise that allowed the Virginia legislature to pass Medicaid expansion earlier this year.

November 26, 2018 | Daily News

A conservative group in Idaho is asking the state’s highest court to block the implementation of a Nov. 6 ballot initiative in which 61 percent of Idahoans chose to expand Medicaid.

November 21, 2018 | Daily News

A state judge in Maine on Wednesday (Nov. 21) told the administration of outgoing Gov. Paul LePage (R) that it has two weeks to adopt rules to implement Medicaid expansion.

November 21, 2018 | Daily News

Oklahoma and CMS officials are scheduled to talk this week about whether the scope of the state’s Medicaid agreement allows for drug reimbursement over time, according to Becky Pasternik-Ikard, chief executive officer of Oklahoma's Medicaid agency.

November 21, 2018 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (Nov. 20) re-approved a plan to allow Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky, five months after a federal judge struck down the agency’s initial approval of the program. Advocates for beneficiaries immediately pledged to challenge the new approval in court.

November 19, 2018 | Daily News

CMS should provide more guidance to states to help them submit accurate encounter data from Medicaid managed care plans, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Monday (Nov. 19).

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.