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Senate committee to advance Creates Act this week

Senate committee to advance Creates Act this week

By Susannah Luthi  |  June 05, 2018

The Senate is clearing the way this week for a bipartisan bill supported by insurers and provider groups aimed at easing generic drugs' entry into the market, although the legislation's future in the House and Senate is unclear.

House passes VA Choice expansion

House passes VA Choice expansion

By Susannah Luthi  |  May 16, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a compromise VA Choice reform bill. Congress aims to send it to the president before funding runs out in May.

House Speaker Ryan to retire with a mixed legacy on health policy

House Speaker Ryan to retire with a mixed legacy on health policy

By Susannah Luthi  |  April 11, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan's upcoming retirement from Congress after leading the GOP's charge to repeal the Affordable Care Act leaves his party in a challenging place on healthcare messaging ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

New CBO numbers could pave the way for CSR, reinsurance funding

New CBO numbers could pave the way for CSR, reinsurance funding

By Susannah Luthi  |  March 02, 2018

Federal lawmakers soon may have financial justification for funding cost-sharing reduction payments for insurers as well as reinsurance, when a new government report shows CSRs will save the government $32 billion if they're funded for the next three years.

Short-term CHIP patches threaten to undermine state programs

Short-term CHIP patches threaten to undermine state programs

By Susannah Luthi  |  January 05, 2018

Congress' short-term funding patches for the Children's Health Insurance Program have put states in the precarious position of running on fumes. But the temporary solutions may do more harm than good as they hamstring CHIP's future.

CBO: Axing ACA mandate would give GOP $338 billion more for tax cuts

CBO: Axing ACA mandate would give GOP $338 billion more for tax cuts

By Harris Meyer  |  November 08, 2017

If Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as part of their tax cut bill, that would give them $338 billion in cost savings over 10 years to soften the bill's rollback of popular tax breaks, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.

CBO: Bipartisan bill to stabilize insurance would reduce budget deficit

CBO: Bipartisan bill to stabilize insurance would reduce budget deficit

By Harris Meyer  |  October 25, 2017

The bipartisan Senate bill to stabilize the individual insurance market and fund cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers would reduce the federal budget deficit by $3.8 billion from 2018 to 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Federal Medicaid spending to fall 35% in two decades under Senate healthcare bill

Federal Medicaid spending to fall 35% in two decades under Senate healthcare bill

By Mara Lee  |  June 29, 2017

The new Congressional Budget Office findings may make it more difficult for GOP leadership to line up moderate votes to pass the bill. The long-term funding drop, 35% over two decades, means Senate Republicans may have to scrap the bill's proposed change to a lower inflation rate in 2025.

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