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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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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Administration to end CSR payments to insurers

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The Trump administration will stop making cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers, the White House announced last night. Insurers use the federal payments to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals purchasing coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Congressional... read more

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President orders agencies to consider expanding association health plans

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President Trump today issued an executive order directing the departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services to consider proposing regulations or guidance to expand the availability of association health plans, short-term limited duration insurance and health reimbursement arrangements.... read more

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House committee passes bills to extend CHIP funding, reduce EHR burden

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee last night voted 28-23 along party lines to approve legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. The federal matching rate would remain at 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a... read more

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Tags: child health, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Coverage

Senate committee passes bill to extend CHIP funding for five years

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The Senate Finance Committee today approved by voice vote legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. Under the KIDS Act (S. 1827), the program’s federal matching rate would remain at 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a... read more

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Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

Energy and Commerce leaders unveil bill to extend funding for CHIP

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) last night unveiled a bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022, modify reductions in Medicaid disproportionate share payments to hospitals and provide $1 billion in Medicaid funding to Puerto... read more

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Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

CMS announces average Medicare Advantage, Part D premiums for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday released premium and cost information for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans for the 2018 calendar year. The average Medicare Advantage premium will decrease by $1.91 to $30, while the average monthly premium for a basic Medicare Part... read more

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CMS extends Medicare, federal exchange enrollment for hurricane victims

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced special enrollment periods for Medicare and the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange to help eligible individuals and families impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria gain immediate access to health coverage or change their... read more

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Tags: Medicare, Coverage, disaster readiness

Senate will not vote on Graham-Cassidy proposal

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The Senate will not vote this week on a proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, the proposal’s sponsors and Senate Republican leaders announced this afternoon. “The Graham-Cassidy... read more

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