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December 18, 2018 | Daily News

Odds are decent that the Senate will vote this year on a House package of Medicare and Medicaid bills that includes a measure aimed at stopping drug companies from gaming the Medicaid rebate system, but sources say first the upper chamber must deal with concerns from a couple of fiscal conservative GOP senators over a separate provision that would increase federal Medicaid funding to help states establish health homes for kids with complex needs.

December 18, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will introduce a bill this week that would require drug manufacturers to report perks given to pharmacists and others who serve on boards that determine which drugs end up on states’ Medicaid preferred drug lists, National Public Radio first reported Monday (Dec. 17).

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

Arkansas has terminated Medicaid coverage for another 4,655 beneficiaries who failed to show compliance with the state’s recently enacted work requirements, according to data released by the state on Monday (Dec. 17).

December 15, 2018 | Daily News

The White House cheered the Texas federal district court's decision late Friday to toss out the entire Affordable Care Act along with the individual mandate as Democrats and key healthcare stakeholders blasted the ruling, but all parties noted the law will remain in effect pending appeal. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra immediately announced he would appeal Judge Reed O'Conner's sweeping ruling.

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission is considering draft recommendations to alter two key areas of hospital payment policy in Medicaid: disproportionate share hospital payments and the upper payment limit for hospitals.

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission discussed recommending that Congress or CMS create “safe harbors” for the Medicaid best price rule to allow states to experiment with new payment models for high-cost prescription drugs.

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

Reducing the federal Medicaid match is one of the options laid out by the Congressional Budget Office in its latest report on ways to reduce the deficit, released Thursday (Dec. 13).

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Dec. 14) approved New Mexico’s request to add premiums and copayments and waive retroactive coverage for some beneficiaries in its Medicaid program, including drug copayments in some situations.

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced Thursday (Dec. 13) that it entered into an outcome-based contract with Oklahoma’s Medicaid program for a long-acting injectable drug used to treat schizophrenia.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

Doctors, hospitals, insurers and others across the health care industry are urging the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw its proposed rule that would make it more difficult for legal immigrants who receive Medicaid and other public benefits to become permanent residents.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on think tank leaders to help craft legislation to lower health care costs, saying the federal government will not be able to cut health insurance costs until it can lower the overarching costs of healthcare.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on think tank leaders to help craft legislation to lower health care costs, saying the federal government will not be able to cut health insurance costs until it can lower the overarching costs of healthcare.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

The Republican and Democratic senators who recently introduced a Medicaid-rebate bill support the House Medicare/Medicaid legislative package that their bill is being used to help pay for.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Oklahoma is seeking CMS’ permission to add work requirements to its traditional Medicaid program -- a request expected to be closely watched because CMS Administrator Seema Verma has said the agency will be cautious about approving work requirements in non-expansion states.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recommends state lawmakers let Pennsylvania directly manage its prescription drug benefit and no longer rely on pharmacy benefit managers, which DePasquale says are raking in huge profits at the expense of taxpayers.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

The Supreme Court declined Monday (Dec. 10) to hear a pair of cases about whether states can block Medicaid money from going to clinics that provide abortions. The court’s decision not to take the cases leaves in place two lower-court rulings that said states violate federal law if they try to exclude Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid programs.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

The House is using Medicaid-rebate legislation, introduced Dec. 4 in the Senate, to pay for a bill that combines a handful of Medicaid and Medicare bills from the past two years, according to legislation on the House floor schedule for the week of Dec. 10.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

A Maine judge on Thursday (Dec. 6) set a new deadline of Feb. 1 for the state to adopt regulations to begin enrolling people in Medicaid expansion, essentially guaranteeing that outgoing Gov. Paul LePage (R) will not have to take any further steps to implement the voter-approved expansion law he has blocked for more than a year.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

Spending on health care grew at a slower rate in 2017 than in 2016 in part because Medicaid spending slowed due to the lull in Medicaid expansions and drug spending growth slacked off following the spike in spending to treat hepatitis C, according to the CMS actuary’s office.

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature, in an unusual all-night session, hurriedly passed legislation designed to prevent the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general from changing the state’s position on two controversial health care issues.

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