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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.

Trump drops fight to add citizenship question to census survey

July 12, 2019


President Trump on Thursday announced that his administration will not add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, reversing an announcement he made last week and effectively ending a dispute over the question.

Trump just pulled his proposal to eliminate Rx drug rebates. Here's why.

July 11, 2019


The Trump administration has withdrawn its proposed rule to prohibit drugmakers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers under federal health programs, a White House spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

In a first, California opens Medicaid to undocumented young adults

July 11, 2019


California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday signed into law a state budget bill that will make California the first state in the country to open Medicaid eligibility in full to undocumented immigrants up through age 25.

New Hampshire is giving Medicaid beneficiaries more time to comply with work requirements

July 10, 2019


New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on Monday announced the state is extending its deadline for Medicaid beneficiaries to comply with the program's new work requirements, citing low compliance among beneficiaries subject to the requirements.

Trump says admin will continue fight to add citizenship question to census

July 8, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday said his administration will move forward with a plan to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census survey, which states and cities fear could threaten federal Medicaid funding, even though the Department of Commerce last week announced that it had started printing census surveys without the question.

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