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April 05, 2019 | Daily News

Community health centers in states that have expanded Medicaid are more financially stable and are more able to invest in behavioral-health services and value-based care more than are centers in states that have not expanded their programs, the Commonwealth Fund said in a survey released Thursday (April 4).

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration intends to take the fight over the legality of Medicaid work requirements to a federal appellate court, the agency indicated in court papers filed this week.

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) will investigate whether CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s reported use of millions in taxpayer money to boost her public image through contracts awarded to Republican consultants violated federal regulations and ethics rules, according to a letter from the inspector general posted to Twitter Friday (April 5) by House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee leader Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Thursday (April 4) he hopes to bring a wide-ranging legislative package to reduce health care costs before his committee by June or July based on more-than 400 recommendations he received from provider groups, policy experts, health plans and others.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Details about the consequences of work requirements on those that don’t comply are a sticking point in the Idaho legislature’s effort to pass a scaled-back version of the state’s voter approved Medicaid expansion.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (April 3) formally approved Maine’s Medicaid expansion three months after the state began offering coverage to people in the expansion group using state funds.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

CMS is considering potential rulemaking to deal with so-called Duals-Special Needs Plan look-alikes, as the agency says stakeholders’ concerns have reinforced the idea that the proliferation of these plans impedes meaningfully integrated Medicare-Medicaid products.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate on Tuesday (April 2) passed a bill to stop drug companies from avoiding Medicaid rebates by misclassifying brand drugs as generics, sending the first drug-pricing bill of this Congress to the president’s desk.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Nebraska’s governor on Monday (April 1) unveiled a plan to delay the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion by more than a year and create two different tiers of coverage in the expansion population where beneficiaries would have to meet a work requirement to qualify for full Medicaid benefits.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Michael Burgess said maybe Medicare and Medicaid should cover insulin without cost-sharing because the cost to the health care system of diabetics rationing the drug is likely greater than the additional cost of covering it outright.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

A Gilead subsidiary asked to negotiate an agreement with Louisiana to protect the company from potential losses under the Medicaid best price rule that could stem from participating in the state’s innovative subscription model to provide hepatitis C drugs to its Medicaid and corrections populations, according to documents obtained by Inside Health Policy.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (March 29) approved Utah’s proposal to implement a more limited version of the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion along with work requirements and a first-of-its-kind enrollment cap for people in the expansion group.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday that the House will vote next week on a resolution (H. Res. 41) condemning the Trump administration’s effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act through the courts.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The House passed Monday (March 25) legislation to stop drug companies from avoiding Medicaid rebates by misclassifying brand drugs as generics, but the bill could face opposition in the Senate even though the upper chamber's original Right Rebate Act was bipartisan.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The governor of Arkansas said Thursday (March 28) that the state has stopped enforcing its Medicaid work requirements in light of a federal judge’s ruling invalidating the requirements, but he is urging the Trump administration to appeal the decision and remains committed to putting work requirements back into effect.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation in the House and Senate Thursday (March 28) that would extend funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps for five years with a 10 percent annual increase and $4.6 billion in additional funding to allow health centers to expand their mental health and addiction services as well as update their facilities.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

A federal judge on Wednesday (March 27) again rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to add work requirements to Medicaid, blocking one such program from taking effect in Kentucky and canceling another program in Arkansas under which more than 18,000 people lost coverage.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

The House on Monday (March 25) passed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act that would, among other provisions, provide an additional $20 million to the Money Follows the Person demonstration, marking the second short-term funding boost the program has received since January.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Georgia will join Utah -- and potentially other red states -- in asking CMS to approve a so-called partial Medicaid expansion with the enhanced federal funding that historically has been reserved for states that opt to fully expand Medicaid.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic governors on Tuesday blasted the Department of Justice’s reversal in the high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act and pledged to do whatever possible to shield residents from the potential loss of insurance coverage or consumer protections, in a call set up by the Democratic Governors Association.

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