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April 10, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Wednesday (April 10) if senators cannot reach consensus on a package to lower prescription drug costs by June, such a package may not pass this year.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) on Tuesday (April 9) signed a bill to implement the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion but expressed concerns about a controversial provision that seeks to add work requirements to people in the expansion population.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

The Alliance for Site Neutral Payment Reform, along with the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute, are pushing lawmakers to get rid of the exemptions to off-campus hospital facility site-neutral pay policies, and while some lobbyists don’t expect such policy shift would move on its own, they say there’s a possibility it could come up later in the year as a way to help pay for a larger health care package.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers in Maryland passed a scaled-back bill late Monday (April 8) that would create a board to review the affordability of prescription drugs, and potentially set ceilings for government payment of certain high-cost drugs.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

A bill that would add work requirements to Idaho’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion is on the desk of Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) after weeks of disagreement among state lawmakers over how the work requirements should function.

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

CMS and Alaska have discussed making Alaska the first state to receive Medicaid funding through block grants, and the state’s governor asked President Donald Trump to support CMS Administrator Seema Verma in implementing the idea.

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

Community health centers in states that have expanded Medicaid are more financially stable and are more able to invest in behavioral-health services and value-based care more than are centers in states that have not expanded their programs, the Commonwealth Fund said in a survey released Thursday (April 4).

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration intends to take the fight over the legality of Medicaid work requirements to a federal appellate court, the agency indicated in court papers filed this week.

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) will investigate whether CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s reported use of millions in taxpayer money to boost her public image through contracts awarded to Republican consultants violated federal regulations and ethics rules, according to a letter from the inspector general posted to Twitter Friday (April 5) by House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee leader Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Thursday (April 4) he hopes to bring a wide-ranging legislative package to reduce health care costs before his committee by June or July based on more-than 400 recommendations he received from provider groups, policy experts, health plans and others.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Details about the consequences of work requirements on those that don’t comply are a sticking point in the Idaho legislature’s effort to pass a scaled-back version of the state’s voter approved Medicaid expansion.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (April 3) formally approved Maine’s Medicaid expansion three months after the state began offering coverage to people in the expansion group using state funds.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

CMS is considering potential rulemaking to deal with so-called Duals-Special Needs Plan look-alikes, as the agency says stakeholders’ concerns have reinforced the idea that the proliferation of these plans impedes meaningfully integrated Medicare-Medicaid products.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate on Tuesday (April 2) passed a bill to stop drug companies from avoiding Medicaid rebates by misclassifying brand drugs as generics, sending the first drug-pricing bill of this Congress to the president’s desk.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Nebraska’s governor on Monday (April 1) unveiled a plan to delay the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion by more than a year and create two different tiers of coverage in the expansion population where beneficiaries would have to meet a work requirement to qualify for full Medicaid benefits.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Michael Burgess said maybe Medicare and Medicaid should cover insulin without cost-sharing because the cost to the health care system of diabetics rationing the drug is likely greater than the additional cost of covering it outright.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

A Gilead subsidiary asked to negotiate an agreement with Louisiana to protect the company from potential losses under the Medicaid best price rule that could stem from participating in the state’s innovative subscription model to provide hepatitis C drugs to its Medicaid and corrections populations, according to documents obtained by Inside Health Policy.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (March 29) approved Utah’s proposal to implement a more limited version of the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion along with work requirements and a first-of-its-kind enrollment cap for people in the expansion group.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday that the House will vote next week on a resolution (H. Res. 41) condemning the Trump administration’s effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act through the courts.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The House passed Monday (March 25) legislation to stop drug companies from avoiding Medicaid rebates by misclassifying brand drugs as generics, but the bill could face opposition in the Senate even though the upper chamber's original Right Rebate Act was bipartisan.

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