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CHIP authorization to expire, DSH cuts to take effect if Congress doesn't act by Sept. 30

September 29, 2017

Congress has approved a bill that extends federal funding for teaching health centers, an Indian Health Service diabetes program, and a Medicare demonstration program for individuals with weakened immune systems, but CHIP authorization and federal grants for community health centers are still set to expire Sept. 30.

Poll: More US residents say Congress should prioritize funding CHIP over ACA repeal

September 25, 2017

The Kaiser Family Foundation's latest tracking poll shows 75 percent of respondents say it is "extremely" or "very" important to reauthorize federal funding for CHIP before it expires on Sept. 30.

Graham-Cassidy has a planned vote next week. Here's what analysts say it would do.

September 21, 2017

The Senate is speeding toward a vote next week on a GOP bill (HR 1628) to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act and overhaul Medicaid, with a vote expected before the Congressional Budget Office can fully analyze the bill's effects. In the absence of a formal CBO analysis, outside experts are weighing in—with one left-leaning think tank projecting the bill will lead 30 million people to lose coverage by 2026.

10 bipartisan governors declare opposition to Cassidy-Graham—but 15 GOP governors come out in support

September 20, 2017

A bipartisan group of 10 governors are urging Senate leaders not to consider the bill, which would use Affordable Care Act funding to provide block grants for states to cover the Medicaid expansion population, while a separate group of 15 Republican governors say the bill is "the last, best hope to finally repeal and replace Obamacare."

Cassidy-Graham bill resurrects GOP effort to repeal ACA. But can it pass?

September 19, 2017

A Senate GOP bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act appears to be gaining traction among lawmakers, but so far the bill does not have the 50 votes needed to secure passage.

What's inside the GOP's 'best and only chance' to repeal ACA

September 14, 2017

A bill introduced by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Dean Heller (Nev.), and Ron Johnson (Wis.) attempts to equalize federal health care spending between states that expanded Medicaid and states that did not.

Sens. reach deal to reauthorize CHIP ahead of Sept. 30 deadline

September 13, 2017

The deal would reauthorize federal funding for CHIP for five years and would phase out additional federal funding for CHIP provided to states under the Affordable Care Act.

As Irma hits Fla., HHS looks to ensure affected individuals can access care

September 11, 2017

HHS and its divisions are waiving certain regulations to ensure individuals affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma can access health care services, while Congress and President Trump approved more than $15 billion in hurricane relief funds.

Weekly Line: Congress is racing against the clock to extend CHIP

September 8, 2017

Lawmakers came back from their summer recess this week and, as predicted, jumped head first into discussions on reauthorizing CHIP, the federal program that provides health coverage to more than nine million U.S. children.

CMS announces meeting to discuss new behavioral health payment model

July 24, 2017

CMS at a meeting plans to gather ideas for a new payment model that could help "to improve access, quality, and cost of care" for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP beneficiaries with behavioral health conditions.

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