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The White House wants to recalculate the poverty line—which could have big effects for health care

May 23, 2019


The Trump administration has released a proposal to change how the federal poverty level is calculated, which could lead to millions of U.S. residents losing their eligibility for public health benefits, according to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

18 months, 4 Medicaid directors: Traylor becomes the latest Medicaid director to resign.

May 21, 2019


Chris Traylor, CMS' deputy administrator and director of the agency's Center for Medicaid and CHIP, on Friday announced he is stepping down from his role at the end of May, making him the fourth individual to leave the position in the past 18 months.

CMS cracks down on 'spread pricing' in Medicaid

May 17, 2019


CMS on Wednesday released regulatory guidance intended to clarify how state Medicaid programs should account for so-called "spread pricing" when calculating their medical loss ratios.

Bullock has entered the 2020 presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

May 14, 2019


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), who has advocated for affordable health care in the United States, on Tuesday became the latest candidate to announce he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

Warren unveils $100B plan to fight the US opioid epidemic

May 10, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) this week unveiled a $100 billion proposal to combat the U.S. opioid epidemic that would emphasize employment and evidenced-based treatment for those struggling with substance use disorders, as well as provider training on treatment methods.

HHS just finalized a rule to require drug list prices in TV ads

May 8, 2019


HHS on Wednesday released a final rule that will require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements.

CMS finalizes rule to stop states from diverting Medicaid payments to third parties

May 7, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized a rule that intends to stop states from diverting Medicaid payments to third parties, with certain exceptions.

Will eliminating Rx rebates lower costs? Probably not, CBO says.

May 6, 2019


The United States' total prescription drug costs are not expected to decrease if CMS finalizes a rule designed to prohibit drugmakers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Thursday.

Tennessee could become first state to ask CMS for Medicaid block grants

May 6, 2019


Tennessee's Legislature on Thursday approved a bill that directs state officials to ask the federal government to distribute the state's federal Medicaid funding in the form of a block grant, and in exchange give the state additional flexibility over how it administers its Medicaid program.

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