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House GOP's new 10-year budget proposal eyes health care cuts, ACA repeal

June 20, 2018

The House Budget Committee's 10-year GOP budget proposal calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare spending and a total of $1.5 trillion in cuts to spending on Medicaid and other health care programs.

The latest conservative plan to replace the ACA is out. (But it's not going anywhere yet.)

June 20, 2018

The plan would redirect Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to states through block grants, repeal many of the ACA's consumer protections, expand the use of health savings accounts, and allow insurers to give discounts to consumers who are young or maintain continuous coverage.

A judge has twice ordered LePage to expand Maine's Medicaid program, but he's still fighting it

June 20, 2018

Maine Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy in her latest ruling says Gov. Paul LePage's (R) "refusal to act and follow the will of the people" on Medicaid expansion "has the potential to engender disrespect for duly enacted laws," but LePage's administration claims that Murphy's court order violates the separation of powers required by the state's constitution.

Inside the arguments for, and against, Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements

June 19, 2018

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg says he will issue a ruling by the end of this month on a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements.

Report: HHS made $90.1B in improper Medicare, Medicaid payments last year

June 19, 2018

The Government Accountability Office in the report recommends the Office of Management and Budget develop guidance and a risk-based methodology to help HHS and other federal departments and agencies identify improper payments.

Lawmakers approve dozens of bills to address opioid epidemic

June 18, 2018

The House, which last week considered nearly 40 bills intended to address the opioid epidemic, is scheduled to continue voting on opioid-related legislation this week.

The air ambulance industry is skyrocketing (and so are the bills)

June 14, 2018

The air ambulance industry is booming due to medical advances, hospital closures, and loose regulations, but the sometimes-lifesaving flights can carry five-figure charges that can often lead to protracted billing disputes for privately insured patients.

How states can use federal Medicaid funds to combat the opioid epidemic, according to CMS

June 13, 2018

Two new CMS documents detail ways states can access federal Medicaid resources to help address the opioid epidemic.

'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?' Why hospitals and FQHCs, once rivals, are now working together

June 11, 2018

Federally qualified health centers and hospitals are competing for the same patients—and some see it as an opportunity for collaboration.

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