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Senate sends VA Choice reforms to Trump

Senate sends VA Choice reforms to Trump

By Susannah Luthi  |  May 23, 2018

The bill, which consolidates VA's community care programs into Choice, will spark a change in how the private sector interacts with the VA health system.

States face big costs, coverage losses from Medicaid work requirements

States face big costs, coverage losses from Medicaid work requirements

By Harris Meyer  |  May 23, 2018

The liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said imposing so-called community engagement requirements, premiums and other conditions means states and the federal government will have to spend tens of millions to track compliance and handle appeals.

Beyond talking points: Is Congress moving past the ACA?

Beyond talking points: Is Congress moving past the ACA?

By Susannah Luthi  |  May 22, 2018

The Affordable Care Act remains an election talking point, but lawmakers are shifting their policy focus to the Trump administration's agenda as states take the reins on the exchanges.

Data Points: Medicare Part D not immune to price hikes

Data Points: Medicare Part D not immune to price hikes

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 19, 2018

In laying out the Trump administration's strategy for reducing drug prices, HHS Secretary 
Alex Azar suggested pumping up Medicare Part D by moving some expensive drugs out of Part B.

What do U.S. immigration policies mean for the healthcare workforce?

What do U.S. immigration policies mean for the healthcare workforce?

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 19, 2018

There's been a drop in the number of foreign-born medical graduates applying for residencies in the U.S. at the same time as the country struggles with physician staffing shortages. Industry stakeholders worry the decline comes from recent efforts to stem immigration.

CMS rejects Ohio's individual mandate waiver

CMS rejects Ohio's individual mandate waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 18, 2018

The CMS has denied Ohio's request to become the first state to waive the individual mandate for health insurance coverage. Federal officials said the request did not meet guidelines to ensure that no one would lose benefits.

Republicans weigh electoral calculus on reviving ACA repeal push

Republicans weigh electoral calculus on reviving ACA repeal push

By Harris Meyer  |  May 18, 2018

Both Republican and Democratic political observers see a narrow possibility for yet another Obamacare repeal drive this year, given intense pressure from conservatives and the urgent GOP need to fire up right-wing voters to maintain their control of Congress in this fall's elections.

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