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13 states take Trump admin to court over ‘public charge’ rule

August 16, 2019


Thirteen states and two California counties this week filed lawsuits against the Trump administration's final rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

In the states: AMA leaves group that opposes 'Medicare for All,' shots fired at an Illinois VA hospital, and more

August 16, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

An appeals court just reinstated the controversial 2017 DSH payment rule (and it could cost some hospitals millions)

August 16, 2019


A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's ruling and reinstated a 2017 rule that changed how CMS calculates Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments to ensure providers are not doubly compensated for care costs covered by third-party insurers.

Trump admin finalizes 'public charge' rule (and doctors are raising concerns)

August 13, 2019


The Department of Homeland Security on Monday finalized a rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications—a move health care leaders have said could affect immigrants' health.

Are Republicans eyeing another ACA repeal push?

August 12, 2019


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) last week said Republican lawmakers would again seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they gain control of the House and President Trump is re-elected in 2020.

Medicaid DSH payments vary widely by state, GAO finds

August 9, 2019


In four states, Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments in 2014 exceeded hospitals' aggregate uncompensated care costs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report—but in 29 states, the payments covered less than half of such costs.

A federal judge just struck down Medicaid work requirements. (Again.)

August 2, 2019


A federal judge on Monday blocked New Hampshire's Medicaid work requirements, noting that the requirements would cause about 17,000 people to lose health care coverage.

CMS says it won't approve enhanced federal funding for partial Medicaid expansions

July 29, 2019


CMS last week rejected Utah's proposed Medicaid waiver request seeking enhanced federal funding for the state's partial Medicaid expansion, and the agency said it will not approve similar requests in the future.

Senate panel approves sweeping bill to lower Rx prices—but changes might be in store

July 26, 2019


The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 19-9 to advance a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, but the bill might face opposition in the full Senate unless it undergoes substantial revisions.

Will New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirements be struck down next?

July 25, 2019


A federal judge who earlier this year struck down Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's approval of Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire, but it is unclear how the judge will rule in the latest case.

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