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January 28, 2019 | Daily News

Washington state’s health care authority is in the final stages of a plan to pay a subscription for hepatitis C drugs that would cover its Medicaid beneficiaries, prisoners and state employees, including teachers, and the winner-take-all model could be extended to the commercial market and other states.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Officials with Families USA wrote in a Health Affairs blog Thursday (Jan. 24) that CMS needs to rewrite the objective of Medicaid to successfully respond to legal challenges to Medicaid work requirements, as advocates for those suing over the requirements say the coverage losses in Arkansas, and expected losses in Kentucky, show that the waivers do not further the point of the program.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) is requesting state legislation to let its Medicaid program negotiate supplemental rebates for expensive drugs.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

Federal Medicaid advisers voted Thursday (Jan. 24) to recommend that Congress alter scheduled payment cuts to disproportionate-share hospitals so the cuts are phased in more gradually and redistributed among states based upon their percentage of low-income residents.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

Medicare for All is picking up support among the American public and federal lawmakers are beginning to consider the idea more seriously.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

The president, HHS secretary and other administration officials touted the administration’s efforts to lower drug prices at a White House meeting Wednesday (Jan. 23) where the president talked of his amazement upon recently learning that generics work as well as the brands they copy.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

Maine’s new Democratic governor, Janet Mills, has rejected a plan to add work requirements to the state’s Medicaid program just one month after CMS approved the plan in the waning days of the administration of controversial former Republican governor Paul LePage.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

The judge overseeing the federal lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s plan to implement Medicaid work requirements denied a request from the Department of Justice to put the case indefinitely on hold during the partial government shutdown.

January 18, 2019 | Daily News

Arizona is the eighth state to receive permission from the Trump administration to add work requirements to its Medicaid program, and after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations between state officials and CMS lawyers, CMS allowed the state to exempt some Native Americans from the requirements.

January 18, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) says his committee will be looking into the Medicaid work requirement waivers, which the Trump administration has approved for eight states, but E&C oversight subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) says they aren’t at the top of her agenda.

January 16, 2019 | Daily News

The number of Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries who lost coverage as a result of the state’s newly enacted work requirements grew to more than 18,000 last month, according to data released by the state Tuesday (Jan. 15).

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

Medicaid advocates are asking the federal judge who has already blocked Kentucky’s work requirement program from going into effect once to do so again, as the latest version of the lawsuit says the version of Kentucky HEALTH that was reapproved by CMS in November shares the same flaws as the prior version.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will discuss a bill on pharmacy benefit manager transparency this session with his committee, a spokesman for the senator told Inside Health Policy.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

A Utah lawmaker is pushing to attach work requirements to the state’s newly approved Medicaid expansion, and if the full legislature agrees, the proposal could delay the implementation of that expansion.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

As two new states prepare to implement Medicaid work requirements this spring, opponents of the policy issued a report Thursday (Jan. 10) arguing that there is no way for any state to integrate work requirements into Medicaid without causing serious unintended consequences.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Wednesday (Jan. 9) said he expects to spend time looking at Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse now that he has resumed the chairmanship, along with health care anti-trust issues.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

Newly elected governors in states across the country are using their first days in office to push forward with Medicaid expansion and other significant changes to their states’ Medicaid programs.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

CMS says in recently released guidance that states do not need to obtain a Medicare denial for certain durable medical equipment coverage before Medicaid, which acts as a secondary payer for those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, can pay for the equipment.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

The House on Tuesday (Jan. 8) approved three-month funding extensions for two Medicaid programs aimed at helping people receive care in their homes and communities: the Money Follows the Person demonstration, and spousal-impoverishment protections for people receiving home- and community-based services.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

As one of his first actions as governor, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) ordered the state health department to consolidate purchasing power for prescription drugs under its Medicaid program.

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