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Weekly Line: The strangest moments in a whirlwind year for health policy

December 21, 2017


There was no rest for the weary in the health policy world in 2017, with the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress seeking major changes to the U.S. health system—even if they didn't always succeed.

New short-term spending bill includes funding reprieve for CHIP, other health programs

December 21, 2017


House Republicans' latest short-term spending bill would fund the federal government through Jan. 19, 2018, and includes stop-gap funding for CHIP, the Veterans Choice Program, and other health care initiatives.

AHL feature: The 10 top health care stories of 2017—and what to expect next

December 20, 2017


From the Congressional debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act to the ongoing implementation of MACRA, American Health Line's coverage in 2017 focused on topics that most affect the health care industry. What were the biggest stories of the year? American Health Line's editorial team rounds up the top 10 stories of 2017.

CHIP funding in flux as House eyes new short-term spending bill

December 20, 2017


House Republicans reportedly are dropping a short-term spending bill they had proposed last week, which would have reauthorized federal funding for CHIP for five years, and instead are looking to pass a so-called "clean" short-term spending bill to fund the federal government through Jan. 19, 2018.

Ala. will end CHIP coverage for 7K kids on Jan. 1 if Congress does not act

December 19, 2017


If Congress does not reauthorize federal funding for CHIP before the end of this year, Alabama officials say the state will stop renewing CHIP coverage for about 7,000 children on Jan. 1, 2018, and completely close the program on Feb. 1, 2018—while other states say they will have to shut down their CHIP programs at the end of next month.

CHIP funding, DSH cut delay, and more: Inside the House GOP's latest short-term spending measure

December 14, 2017


House Republicans' latest short-term spending bill includes provisions to fund CHIP for five years and to delay scheduled disproportionate share hospital spending cuts until fiscal year 2020.

What Doug Jones' Ala. victory means for health care

December 13, 2017


Alabama's next senator, Democrat Doug Jones, is the first Democrat in the state to be elected to the U.S. Senate in more than two decades, and his election could complicate Republicans' efforts to revamp health care policy.

Trump signs short-term spending bill allowing states to access more CHIP funds

December 8, 2017


President Trump is working with Republican and Democratic leaders on a longer-term spending bill that lawmakers say is likely to include new funding for CHIP.

House Republicans unveil short-term spending bill with temporary CHIP funding fix

December 4, 2017


Republican leaders in Congress are hoping to pass this week a short-term federal spending bill that includes a provision that would temporarily lift a restriction on how much money states can receive from CMS' reserve of unused CHIP funds.

States begin to warn CHIP beneficiaries of possible coverage disruptions

November 28, 2017


State officials are warning CHIP beneficiaries that they could face coverage disruptions if Congress does not soon reauthorize federal funding for the program, which expired Sept. 30.

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