Several Idaho Republican officials met with CMS Administrator Seema Verma to persuade her to reconsider their "state-based plan" model, and they may consider suing if the agency continues blocking the proposal.
The insurance industry's dominant lobbying group said a change to the way the CMS calculates Medicare Advantage payment rates would boost insurer payments and allow plans to enhance patient benefits.
Transparency was the buzzword at Thursday's Senate health committee hearing as lawmakers made their first move toward increasing reporting demands for hospitals in the 340B drug discount program.
Abortion language is impeding negotiations on cost-sharing reduction payments and reinsurance that leading lawmakers still hope to include in next week's big spending bill that Congress must pass by the end of next week.
The latest announced mega-merger, between Cigna and Express Scripts, should put Congress on alert, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said. Rep. Frank Pallone is calling for an oversight hearing.
State lawmakers studying improvements to California's healthcare system rejected a plan popular with Democratic activists to give everyone in the state government-funded healthcare, saying a "single-payer" plan would need extensive work to become viable.
Observers are wondering if Idaho officials are negotiating with the Trump administration behind the scenes to meld their proposal for cheaper, leaner individual-market plans with the administration's plan to let insurers offer short-term products.
As the House gears up for hearings on new 340B legislation, the Senate announces its initial major hearing on the drug discount program.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin Friday called on providers and health information technology vendors to commit to working on a set of standards aimed at breaking the interoperability logjam.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar hinted to insurers that he would loosen regulations to let them offer plans that don't follow current ACA rules. He also urged insurers to do their part in the price-transparency fight.
The White House is urging Congress pass legislation that doesn't authorize cost-sharing reduction payments and reinsurance for 2017, even though insurers had to contribute to the program.
Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Claire McCaskill called on HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Labor Secretary Alexander Costa to look into whether Anthem's emergency room policy violates federal law.