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CMS wants to let providers contract directly with patients

April 24, 2018

CMS is seeking "broad input" on ways to allow primary care providers to contract directly with patients, noting that the agency plans to test a direct provider contracting model in Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid.

Does the tax reform law invalidate the ACA? 20 GOP states argue it does.

February 27, 2018

A group of 20 Republican states in a new lawsuit claim that, by zeroing out the tax penalty under the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, a recently enacted tax reform law has rendered the individual mandate, and by extension the entire health reform law, unconstitutional.

Trump admin might consider use of CHIP, ACA subsidies in immigration decisions

February 12, 2018

Rules drafted by the Department of Homeland Security would direct government officials to consider benefits such as CHIP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and health insurance subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act, among others, when evaluating whether a non-citizen is eligible to remain in the United States.

The latest deal to avert a shutdown could affect Medicare, MACRA, CHCs, and more

February 8, 2018

Congress today is expected to vote on a spending package that would fund the government through March 23, increase funding for community health centers and to combat the opioid misuse epidemic, repeal the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board, and more.

CHIP is funded. The shutdown is over. But Congress has just 3 weeks to pass a new bill.

January 23, 2018

President Trump signs into law a short-term continuing resolution that reopens the federal government and funds it through Feb. 8, fully funds CHIP from fiscal year (FY) 2018 through FY 2023, and delays several Affordable Care Act taxes.

Shutdown, Day 3: What's happening (and what isn't) at HHS, CDC, and more

January 22, 2018

HHS today is preparing to furlough more than 40,000 workers as Senate GOP leaders eye a procedural vote at noon that would advance a temporary spending bill to reopen the government.

House Republicans unveil short-term spending bill with 6-year CHIP reauthorization, Cadillac tax delay

January 17, 2018

House Republicans' new short-term continuing resolution would fund the federal government for an additional four weeks, reauthorize federal CHIP funding for six years, and delay the Affordable Care Act's taxes on medical devices, health insurance, and high-cost employer-sponsored health plans.

Renewing CHIP for a decade would save the government $6B, CBO finds

January 12, 2018

The Congressional Budget Office's latest estimates on CHIP reauthorization come as lawmakers—who are expected to vote on CHIP reauthorization legislation next week —debate how long the reauthorization should last.

CMS says states could run out of CHIP funds this month

January 8, 2018

Congress' work to fully reauthorize CHIP has been hampered by negotiations over funding offsets, but a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimates that a five-year reauthorization bill would cost the federal government $800 million over a decade—which is $7.5 billion less than CBO previously estimated.

Hatch announces retirement, will leave behind a health care legacy

January 3, 2018

Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who has played an integral role in health care policy over the past few decades, says he will not run for re-election this year, raising questions about who could replace him.

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