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Medicaid

October 30, 2018 | Daily News

Congress' Medicaid advisers plan to warn the Trump administration that its proposal to make it difficult for immigrants on Medicaid to become permanent residents would reverse years of government efforts to get immigrants to sign up for Medicaid and would increase the number of uninsured, particularly in border states.

October 29, 2018 | Daily News

Eisai Inc. and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority have signed an outcome-based contract to provide the state’s Medicaid program with the epilepsy drug Fycompa, marking the third such pharmaceutical contract signed by the state.

October 26, 2018 |

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Friday systematically attacked drug manufacturers’ criticisms of the Trump administration’s plan to implement international price referencing for prescription drugs in Medicare Part B, saying despite strong denunciations, he does not think drug makers will play a “game of chicken” and walk away.

October 26, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Friday systematically attacked drug manufacturers’ criticisms of the Trump administration’s plan to implement international price referencing for prescription drugs in Medicare Part B, saying despite strong denunciations, he does not think drug makers will play a “game of chicken” and walk away.

October 26, 2018 | Daily News

Congress' Medicaid advisers on Thursday (Oct. 25) discussed potential new methods for structuring the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment reductions, which would require legislative changes, and aim to include recommendations for Congress in their March report.

October 26, 2018 | Daily News

The federal Medicaid advisory panel will send a letter to HHS, likely by the end of next week, raising concerns about the implementation of Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirements and calling on the agency to temporarily pause its approvals of work requirements in other states, the panel’s chairwoman, Penny Thompson, told Inside Health Policy.

October 24, 2018 | Daily News

Veteran election handicapper Charlie Cook believes deep budget cuts to social programs, including Medicaid, in some red states could hurt Republican candidates running for gubernatorial and state legislative seats in next month's midterm elections.

October 24, 2018 | Daily News

President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Oct. 24) signed into law the massive bicameral package of opioid legislation, which the Senate passed Oct. 3.

October 22, 2018 | Daily News

Anthem Inc. Public Policy Director Doug Saunders implored state officials, advocates and stakeholders to consider other options to shore up their local health insurance markets before turning to Medicaid buy-in, cautioning that such a program could hurt both the commercial insurance markets and Medicaid enrollees.

October 19, 2018 | Daily News

Two weeks after the IRS collected an Obamacare tax from Medicaid managed care plans, a federal judge denied a request from six GOP-led states that sought to bar the collection of that tax.

October 18, 2018 | Daily News

CMS has approved Virginia’s plan to expand Medicaid and the state will begin enrolling beneficiaries in the expansion population Nov. 1, with coverage taking effect in 2019, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Thursday (Oct. 18).

October 17, 2018 | Daily News

CMS’ new director of Medicaid and CHIP will recuse herself from decisions about Maine, where she previously served as the state’s top health official, a CMS spokesman said Tuesday night (Oct. 16).

October 16, 2018 | Daily News

American Medical Association President Barbara McAneny on Tuesday (Oct. 16) raised concerns with a single-payer system based on Medicare, as well as a Medicaid buy-in being pursued in New Mexico, and said that moving people from commercial coverage to government-funded health care programs could cause practices to close, especially in rural areas, due to inadequate reimbursement.

October 16, 2018 | Daily News

One day after the launch of Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, CMS Administrator Seema Verma touted Medicare Advantage plans while saying traditional Medicare is slow to innovate and riddled with misaligned financial incentives.

October 16, 2018 | Daily News

State politicians and advocacy groups in New Mexico expect the state to pass a Medicaid buy-in program during the 2019 legislative session and hope the plan will serve as a model for other states considering the option.

October 16, 2018 | Daily News

Michigan has asked CMS for permission to enter into outcomes-based contracts with drug manufacturers under its Medicaid program, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Bob Wheaton confirmed Monday (Oct. 15).

October 15, 2018 | Daily News

Another 4,109 Medicaid beneficiaries have lost their coverage for the rest of the year for failing to comply with the state’s new Medicaid work requirements, according to data released by the state Monday (Oct. 15).

October 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration announced a new Medicaid chief Monday (Oct. 15): Mary Mayhew, a former Maine health official who has vociferously criticized Medicaid expansion and sought to tighten eligibility requirements in traditional Medicaid.

October 12, 2018 | Daily News

Pew Charitable Trusts says states could use a subscription-based model to buy hepatitis C drugs without triggering the Medicaid best price law by routing the medications through 340B hospitals.

October 12, 2018 | Daily News

A federal trial on delays in Tennessee’s processing of Medicaid applications wrapped up after two days of testimony, but a ruling from the judge is not expected for several months.

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