Survey: Medicaid enrollment growth slows, spending growth to continue

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Medicaid enrollment growth slowed to 2.7% in fiscal year 2017 due to slower enrollment related to the Affordable Care Act, a stable economy and states’ processing of delayed eligibility determinations, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey of state Medicaid directors. In addition,... read more

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Oregon receives waiver to implement reinsurance program

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The departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury today approved a Section 1332 waiver for Oregon to implement a five-year reinsurance program for its health insurance marketplace beginning in 2018. “The Departments have determined that implementation of this reinsurance program will lower... read more

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Nov. 1 is first webinar in series from AHA Workforce Center

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The AHA Workforce Center Nov. 1 will host the first in a series of webinars focused on sustainable health care delivery through strategic workforce development. The AHA earlier this year issued a report to help hospital and health system leaders align the skills and abilities of their organization’s... read more

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Tag: workforce

Alexander announces deal to fund CSRs

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today said he and committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) had reached an agreement on legislation to fund cost-sharing reduction payments for two years and provide states some flexibility in regard... read more

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Senate HELP committee holds hearing on cost of prescription drugs

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today held the second in a series of hearings on the cost of prescription drugs. “We have to make more progress to get at the root of the problem facing patients, which is the high prices set by drug manufacturers,” Committee Ranking Member... read more

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CMS issues FAQs on Medicaid/CHIP mental health parity rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently published frequently asked questions on the implementation of its final rule applying certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid managed care organizations, Medicaid alternative benefit plans and the... read more

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Tag: Medicaid

Reminder: HHS webinar tomorrow on hurricane/flooding recovery

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response tomorrow will host a webinar on lessons learned from last year’s flooding in Louisiana to help those supporting recovery from hurricanes and flooding in other communities. To register for the 2... read more

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Tag: disaster readiness

AHA, others urge Congress to fund CSR payments

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The AHA and seven other national organizations this weekend urged congressional leaders to “take action now to fund cost-sharing reduction benefits for the millions of Americans who depend on this critical program.” The White House announced last week that it will stop making CSR payments to health... read more

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Tag: price

FDA, Baxter issue update on manufacturing recovery in Puerto Rico

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The Food and Drug Administration and Baxter provided an update on efforts Baxter and other companies have taken to reduce the risk of shortages of critically important drugs and to minimize impact on any existing shortages in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In particular, Baxter and the FDA... read more

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340B providers in disaster areas can register early for program

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The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced that 340B Drug Pricing Program hospitals in areas affected by recent natural disasters can immediately enroll in the program instead of waiting for the normal registration period. “HRSA recognizes that circumstances surrounding disaster relief... read more

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