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June 19, 2019

Tomorrow’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will put the focus back on the crisis that U.S. territories face due to the looming expiration of federal funds to supplement their inadequate Medicaid block grants — and their need for ongoing...

Doctor and patient talking
June 12, 2019

The new waiver would deny Medicaid to tens of thousands of low-income adults who would be eligible if the state fully expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Doctor and patient talking
June 12, 2019

The Trump Administration is considering whether to use a lower inflation measure to calculate annual adjustments to the federal poverty line. This approach would ultimately...

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June 11, 2019

At a hearing tomorrow, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will discuss a proposal from Chairman Frank Pallone and Ranking Republican Member Greg Walden to protect patients from large bills when they unexpectedly or unknowingly receive care from an out...

Health - Ambulance Emergency Room
June 3, 2019

Lack of transparency in how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reviews state Medicaid waiver requests “may leave the agency and the public without key information to fully understand the potential impact of the changes being proposed, including on beneficiaries and costs,” according to a new report from the Government...

People in waiting room
May 16, 2019

The Senate still hasn’t approved emergency disaster relief legislation, keeping more than a million Americans who live in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories without much-needed health and food aid. While negotiations to finalize the Senate’s disaster bill reportedly are making progress, the Senate must...

Puerto Rico
May 16, 2019

The House, which last week voted to block Trump Administration guidance weakening standards for state Affordable Care Act (ACA) waivers, is expected to vote today on a bill reversing the Administration’s expansions of substandard health plans and cuts to outreach and enrollment assistance. Here are our recent pieces on some of the major issues involved.

Expanding Skimpy Short-...

The Capitol
May 14, 2019

By blocking the rule and making other changes, the House bill would increase the number of people with comprehensive health coverage.

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May 10, 2019

Conservative critics of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion are noting strong enrollment in Virginia’s Medicaid expansion to revive a debunked claim that the expansion puts state budgets at risk. They claim that Virginia’s...

Healthcare provider and patient
May 9, 2019

The Trump Administration’s proposed rule that would effectively ban drug rebates in Medicare and Medicaid would raise — not reduce — spending on prescription drugs, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says in a new estimate. Drug...

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