The CMS has submitted a series of legislative ideas to Congress they say would better coordinate care for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. These beneficiaries tend to be sicker and more expensive to manage.
A panel that advises Congress and HHS on Medicaid policy recommended tweaking the Medicaid drug rebate program to reduce spending on drugs by hundreds of millions of dollars.
The plan, backed by a coalition of policymakers including former Sen. Rick Santorum, largely mirrors last year's failed Graham-Cassidy bill, and doesn't have a clear path to passage in Congress.
Molina Healthcare won a contract to serve Medicaid members in two of Florida's 11 regions after challenging the state's initial contract awards, which shut the insurer out of the lucrative Florida Medicaid market.
The American Medical Association's House of Delegates this year took big steps toward addressing gun violence and the opioid epidemic. But other issues, such as sexual misconduct by doctors, made less progress.
Kentucky's Medicaid waiver includes controversial provisions like a work requirement, premium payments and cost-sharing and is slated to go into effect on July 1. The case's outcome could affect the fate of similar Medicaid waivers in several states.
Tennessee drafted a Medicaid waiver to exclude providers that perform abortions from its networks. The move comes just weeks after the Trump administration proposed to block such providers from receiving Title X funds.
The outcome of a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's plan to establish a work requirement and other conditions on its Medicaid population could affect the fate of similar waivers approved by the CMS in Arkansas, Indiana and New Hampshire.
Thousands of physicians have descended on Chicago for the American Medical Association's annual meeting. Medicaid and drug prices are also hot topics for this week.
The Senate Finance Committee has dropped, for now, a bill that would ease Medicaid funding for inpatient drug addiction treatment. Still, discussions are ongoing as the House companion version heads toward a floor vote.
The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval to a bill requiring able-bodied adults in the state's Medicaid expansion program to meet work or job-related requirements, sending it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.
Maine has until June 11 to submit a state plan amendment to the CMS to implement Medicaid expansion. Republican Gov. Paul LePage had tried to block the voter-passed initiative.