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February 14, 2019 | Daily News

Two new Democratic governors told CMS in recent days that they intend to resist conservative Medicaid waivers that the agency approved late last year while both states were under Republican leadership, joining other newly tapped Democratic governors in bucking the Trump administration’s policy shifts under Medicaid.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), along with 61 Democratic co-sponsors, reintroduced legislation to let anyone not currently eligible for Medicaid to buy into the program or leverage it to enhance their coverage in the individual market.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee want to know what CMS plans to do about states that are not fully complying with federal requirements to provide Medicaid coverage of abortions in cases of rape, incest or danger to the pregnant person’s life.

February 12, 2019 | Daily News

Utah will ask CMS for permission to partially expand its Medicaid program after Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed a bill Monday (Feb. 11) that significantly scales back the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan.

February 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Monday (Feb. 11) unveiled a long-awaited proposed rule implementing the 21st Century Cures Act’s call to prevent information blocking and laying out seven exceptions to what Congress defined as blocking the sharing of electronic information. ONC also asks for information on what pricing information could be included as part of electronic health information to help the public see what they are paying for health care.

February 11, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (Feb. 11) unveiled proposals to impose new interoperability requirements on providers, including new conditions of Medicare participation for hospitals as well as new stipulations for Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and exchange plans.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb. 5) upheld the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion, rejecting a lawsuit from a conservative group that argued the ballot measure delegated too much power to the federal government.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

Rural Health Association of Tennessee Executive Director Rebecca Jolley said she is cautiously optimistic that CMS won’t approve the state’s request to add work requirements to its Medicaid program, as the state has not expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act, and she added that she’s nervous about the disproportionate impact such a program would have on rural areas.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

Fourteen state Medicaid programs are violating federal law by not covering a drug used to induce medical abortions, and one state -- South Dakota -- is violating federal law by refusing to provide Medicaid coverage of abortions in cases of rape and incest, the Government Accountability Office said in a report Monday (Feb. 4).

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

A contentious proposal to replace Utah’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan with one from state lawmakers that is both more restrictive and more expensive advanced in the Utah legislature Monday (Feb. 4).

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee asked seven brand drug makers to testify Feb. 26 on rising drug prices after some of those companies refused to testify at a Jan. 29 hearing.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

Republican lawmakers in Utah are trying to fast-track a bill that would undo the Medicaid expansion that the state’s voters approved in November and replace it with a more limited expansion proposal containing work requirements and spending caps.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Friday (Feb. 1) challenged congressional Democrats, who are critical of the administration’s proposal to eliminate drug rebates, to suggest an alternative.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

New Mexico is pushing to have a Medicaid buy-in bill that could reduce premiums as much as 29 percent in place by the end of next year -- a move that could put the state on the map as the first to implement such a program.

January 31, 2019 | Daily News

HHS’ proposal to ban drug rebates, unless they’re shared directly with seniors at the pharmacy counter, would significantly lower out-of-pocket retail-drug spending for the minority of seniors on expensive drugs, but it would raise premiums for all Medicare beneficiaries.

January 31, 2019 | Daily News

As House Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) gathers co-sponsors for an upcoming Medicare for All bill, which she says will be different than Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) single-payer bill, Democrats signal they are open to a variety of approaches when it comes to single-payer or Medicare expansion.

January 31, 2019 | Daily News

Kentucky is postponing the launch of its Medicaid work requirements for at least three months as a lawsuit challenging their legality is pending in federal court.

January 30, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee leaders on Tuesday (Jan. 29) pushed for a five-year funding package for community health centers -- more than double the funding provided the last time lawmakers extended funding for those providers.

January 30, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Democrats launched an investigation into rising insulin prices on Wednesday (Jan. 30), one day after two other committees highlighted the plight of diabetics who can’t afford new versions of the drug.

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) are seeking comments on a draft bill to exempt performance-based drug-reimbursement contracts from the Medicaid best price rule, anti-kickback law and the so-called Stark law against doctor self-referrals, the senators announced Tuesday (Jan. 29).

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