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CMS Releases Final Exchange Guidance

On April 9, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited final Exchange guidance for the 2019 plan year – the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019 (NBPP) and the final Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (Letter). Together, the NBPP and Letter set forth changes to ...

Health Policy News March 2018

This month’s edition focuses on efforts underway across the country to protect consumers from rising prescription drug costs and reduce or cap state drug spending. Health Policy News subject matter experts released a special report and legislative tracking tool outlining state and federal efforts, along with suggestions for states on how to approach this high ...

Tackling Rising Prescription Drug Costs – a report on state and federal efforts

On March 29th, subject matter experts from Health Policy News held a webinar and Q&A to discuss efforts at the state and federal level to address the rising cost of prescription drugs.  Many states are in the midst of their legislative cycles, with the issue of rising pharmaceutical costs on agendas across the country. Topics ...

Health Policy News February 2018

In this month’s edition of Health Policy News, we highlight legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments at the federal level. Just last week, on February 20, 2018, several federal departments jointly released a proposed rule seeking to expand access to Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance (STLDI) plans. Also, on February 9, 2018, the President signed H.R. 1892, the ...

The Government Accountability Office issues recommendations on fraud prevention

On December 5, 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a a report on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) fraud prevention efforts, recommending that CMS more closely align its approach with the Fraud Risk Framework put forth by the GAO in 2015. Medicaid and Medicare fraud and abuse prevention has been increasingly in the ...

Health Policy News January 2018

As we enter this new year, and our third year publishing and distributing Health Policy News, we want to thank you all for continuing to support Health Policy News as a source for in-depth policy and regulatory analysis. The first few weeks of 2018 have been busy — with federal guidance released on association health plans as well as ...

CMS issues guidelines on mandating work and community engagement under Medicaid and approves the first work requirement waiver

On January 11, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed a State Medicaid Director letter outlining new guidelines for states about mandating work and other community engagement activities for adult Medicaid beneficiaries who are not aged, disabled, or pregnant. CMS defines community engagement broadly, as encompassing activities such as job search, education, skills training, ...

Health Policy News December 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look back at health policy developments from the last 12 months in this edition of Health Policy News, beginning with a close-up on health care provisions in the tax bill being negotiated in Congress as of publication. The remainder of this edition will reflect upon major ...

Health Policy News November 2017

Along with the changing weather, this time of year brings some typical health policy events, which are the focus of this month’s edition of Health Policy News. We start with our in-depth analysis of the Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2019, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released ...

Health Policy News October 2017

The editors of Health Policy News spent this week at the annual National Academy for State Health Policy (#NASHPCONF17) in Portland, Oregon and had the opportunity to meet with many of our readers in person. #NASHPCONF17 provides the opportunity for state leaders from all aspects of health policy, including legislative and administrative leaders and other ...