The CMS has reversed course on a coverage decision that advocates argued would have blocked access to needed prosthetics for more than a million people.
During the first two open enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, the government and healthcare organizations emphasized the “carrot” of the law by encouraging low-income and middle-class Americans to reap the benefits of subsidized health coverage. But that message is shifting.
HHS is predicting only a small increase in the number of people signing up for insurance through Affordable Care Act exchanges for 2016. The estimate of 10 million enrolled by the end of the third open-enrollment period is less than half of what the Congressional Budget Office had projected would...
We face a Medicare crisis. Millions of baby boomers are reaching an age where they depend on the program to meet their healthcare needs. At the same time, the government is still struggling to control healthcare costs. This isn't a new problem, but it is one that we must approach strategically and...
Advocates for Medicare enrollees and state Medicaid offices say Congress needs to intervene to prevent an expected 52% spike in Medicare Part B premiums, preferably in enough time to prepare government and household budgets.
The selection of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and President Barack Obama for the top two spots in the 14th annual Modern Healthcare 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare reflects the continuing centrality in healthcare of the ACA and the ongoing political battle over its future.
HHS is not aware of any consumers intentionally falsifying information to get subsides for insurance exchange coverage, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified Tuesday. This month, the GAO said investigators were able to sign up for coverage, get subsidies and re-enroll with bogus information.
There are no current plans for HHS to investigate Planned Parenthood for providing fetal tissue to researchers, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday. Some want the provider's funding pulled after leaked videos show doctors discussing providing tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers.
The CMS has taken steps to ensure transparency and timely renewal of Medicaid demonstration waivers via new guidance. This comes weeks after facing congressional criticism and scrutiny over its oversight of the program. The agency also announced it's creating new ways for states to use 1115 waivers...
Terminally ill patients no longer will have to give up curative treatment to receive Medicare-paid hospice care, under a limited new program the CMS will start testing with 140 hospice providers as early as January.
Mary Wakefield has been nominated to permanently serve as HHS deputy secretary, a position she's held in an acting capacity for the past four months.
The skirmishing ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's King v. Burwell decision suggests we are in for a period of prolonged political turbulence should the high court strike down premium subsidies in the 34 states using the federally run exchanges.