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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 8, 2017
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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