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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.

Inside the Senate Finance Committee's sweeping new proposal to lower Rx drug costs

July 24, 2019


Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member on the committee, on Tuesday introduced a sweeping bill aimed at lowering prescription drug costs by changing various Medicare and Medicaid policies, but the bill quickly drew criticism from congressional Republicans and the pharmaceutical industry.

Why GOP lawmakers (again) are weighing ACA replacement plans

July 16, 2019


Republican lawmakers largely had dropped their push to craft a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after various ACA replacement plans failed to gain traction in 2017 and 2018. But now, faced with the threat of the ACA being struck down in court—some GOP lawmakers again are taking up the task.

How these Democratic presidential hopefuls want to address high Rx costs

July 16, 2019


Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who each are seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, have announced separate plans to address high prescription drug costs in the United States.

Biden just released his health reform plan. Here's what's inside.

July 15, 2019


Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, today unveiled a health reform plan that aims to build on and protect the Affordable Care Act by providing Americans with the option to enroll in a public health plan and expanding eligibility for subsidies to purchase exchange plans.

CMS wants to replace Medicaid access reporting requirements—with stakeholders' help

July 12, 2019


CMS on Thursday issued a proposed rule that would eliminate existing requirements on how states assess access to care among fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid beneficiaries and replace them with a more standardized approach that the agency hopes to develop with industry stakeholders.

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