Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appellate judge, comes with a long paper trail on healthcare issues including the Affordable Care Act. His conservative credentials nearly guarantee strong opposition from Senate Democrats and liberal advocates.
Some medical school leaders worry that minorities will be deterred from pursuing postsecondary degrees.
While Roe v. Wade will be the hot-button issue in the fight over the next Supreme Court justice, the high court could continue to reshape the broader healthcare landscape if cases on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid work their way through the courts.
The question now is whether the CMS will reconsider its waiver approvals or risk more lawsuits and potential derailment of work requirements.
Three advocacy groups that won a federal court ruling blocking Kentucky's Medicaid work requirement have asked the CMS to reject the state's move to cut off vision, dental and non-emergency medical transportation benefits in response to the ruling.
Mississippi overhauled its request to impose work requirements on Medicaid enrollees in an attempt to address federal concerns about coverage losses. The new proposal contains a coverage safety net to protect beneficiaries as they gradually earn more money.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said his department would meet two court-ordered deadlines to reunite immigrant children with their parents in a process that highlights the escalating cost and complexity of the inter-department immigration system.
Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is cutting dental and vision coverage for nearly a half-million Kentuckians after his Medicaid overhaul plan was rejected in court.
The decision to block Kentucky's Medicaid waiver, while dealing a blow to the Trump administration's strategy for revamping and shrinking Medicaid, left the door open for legal clearance for a more carefully developed model.
A Senate health panel could spur federal action on out-of-network billing as lawmakers mull intervention over escalating health costs.
Robert Wilkie, the White House pick to lead the VA through expansion of the VA Choice program and the overhaul of its electronic health records system, mostly sailed through his Senate hearing, setting the course for his confirmation.
Senate health appropriators are proposing a $2.3 billion hike to HHS' funding this year,including $1.5 billion in flexible grants for states battling the opioid epidemic. The bill also proposes expanding rural telehealth programs.