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.
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 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.
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.
The latest stopgap measure from House Republicans delays DSH cuts, includes funding for Medicare extenders and community health centers. But the GOP plan includes controversial proposals on how to pay for the spending.
States' nail-biting, frustrating wait for CHIP funding ended last week with a six-year funding deal attached to Congress' fourth budget stopgap measure. But the next argument over the program's future has already begun.
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.
As Republicans and Democrats spar over how to pay for the Children's Health Insurance Program, the CBO says the price tag is now much lower.
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.
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.
The Congressional Budget Office is set to release a report detailing what could happen to insurance markets if the federal government stops making cost-sharing reduction payments.
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.