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July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration on Tuesday (July 23) asked a federal judge to delay ruling on the legality of CMS’ approval of Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire, but advocates for beneficiaries and a lawyer for New Hampshire urged the judge to rule quickly.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

CMS has agreed to tighten reporting guidance and data requirements for state survey agencies on abuse and neglect in nursing homes, but the agency continues to resist calls from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) to examine claims data.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The White House expressed support on Tuesday (July 23) for the Senate Finance Committee’s new drug-pricing bill as did the generic drug lobby, but the brand-drug lobby came out against it.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee unveiled a long-awaited drug-pricing bill, to be marked up Thursday (July 25), that includes monumental changes to drug-pricing policy in Medicare and Medicaid -- including restructuring the Part D benefit, imposing controversial inflationary rebates in Medicare Parts B and D, and raising the rebate cap in Medicaid.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee did not hesitate to criticize the grand drug-pricing bargain Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) rolled out Tuesday (July 23).

July 22, 2019 | Daily News

Expanding Medicaid coverage is associated with a reduction in mortality among low-income populations that benefit from expansion, according to a University of Michigan study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research Monday (July 22).

July 22, 2019 | Daily News

Justice in Aging says that so-called Duals Special Needs Plans look-alikes will interfere with CMS’ policy initiatives to improve care for those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid if the look-alike plans are left unchecked, and the group is urging CMS to force plans with majority duals enrollment to meet D-SNP requirements -- but the group says plans, not beneficiaries, should be the target of regulatory changes.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

Executives from Pfizer, Genentech, Amgen and Alkermes met with White House officials Thursday (July 18) to discuss policies to control drug prices, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration told a federal appeals court Thursday (July 18) that states should be able to continue testing Medicaid work requirements even as the administration acknowledged problems in how Arkansas initially implemented its first-in-the-nation work requirement program.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

CMS can accelerate the work of state Medicaid programs seeking to tackle social determinants of health by providing guidance and templates for how to obtain Medicaid waivers, providing a thorough evaluation of existing demonstrations to devise best practices, and facilitating information-sharing between states, according to Medicaid advocates.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

The White House asked Democrats late Thursday (July 19) to include in a budget deal Senate Democratic drug-pricing policies that would save the government $115 billion, multiple sources say

July 18, 2019 | Daily News

Patients’ groups and some Medicaid policy experts are urging the Trump administration to backtrack from a planned CMS guidance letter that is expected to invite states to use 1115 waivers to accept federal Medicaid money through block grants.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday (July 17) unanimously approved legislation that would delay Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts, reauthorize Medicaid funding to the territories with increased oversight of Puerto Rico’s funding, fund community health centers and other extenders for four years, and tackle surprise billing.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Republicans asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday (July 17) to provide them with information about Medicaid spending and fraud control in Puerto Rico in light of the recent corruption scandal in the Puerto Rican government.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Republicans asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday (July 17) to provide them with information about Medicaid spending and fraud control in Puerto Rico in light of the recent corruption scandal in the Puerto Rican government.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday (July 16) put together a rural and underserved communities health task force charged with finding bipartisan solutions to improve health care in those communities.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

Nearly all the Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee asked ranking Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden (OR) to push for government price negotiation authority to be included in the committee’s drug-pricing package.

July 12, 2019 | Daily News

Public health researchers applauded CMS’ recent allocation of $48 million to community-based organizations to promote enrollment of children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but they say the agency can still do more to encourage enrollment.

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (July 11) proposed to rescind Medicaid fee-for-service access monitoring requirements and come up with a uniform way to analyze Medicaid access across managed care, fee-for-service and home and community-based waiver programs.

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Thursday (July 11) approved bills that would delay Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts for two years and decrease the cuts in fiscal 2022 as well as fund community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, teaching health center Graduate Medical Education and special diabetes programs through fiscal 2024.

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