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 ...

CDC issues new report on the growing opioid crisis

On March 6, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report which shows that from July 2016 – September 2017, hospital emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rose about 30 percent in 52 reporting jurisdictions in 45 states. They rose 54 percent in large cities, and 70 percent in mid-western states. ...

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 ...

Insights and suggested activities for State Flexibility Grant Program applications

The State Flexibility to Stabilize the Market Grant Program (“State Flexibility Grant Program”) was developed to support states as they implement several of the market reforms and consumer protections under Title I of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This new funding opportunity builds upon many of the efforts currently underway in states related to the ...

New federal grant opportunity to support state efforts to strengthen the private health insurance market

On February 5, 2018, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity to support states as they implement several of the market reforms and consumer protections under Title I of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This grant program is a follow-up to the Health Insurance Enforcement and ...

Administration budget proposal includes health care changes

The administration released its budget proposal on February 12, 2018. As expected, the proposal includes a number of changes related to health care. The budget plan revives the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal, with a proposal similar to the Graham Cassidy Heller Johnson bill. Specifically, the budget plan proposes a staged repeal and replace, with ...

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 ...

President Signs Bipartisan Budget Act

On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.  The new law reauthorizes federal funding for many health programs, modifies scheduled reductions in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) allotments to states, tightens third party liability (TPL) billing requirements, and updates requirements affecting Medicare Advantage plans, accountable care organizations (ACOs), ...

Federal departments put out proposed rule to expand access to short-term health plans that are not ACA-compliant

On February 20, 2018, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly promulgated a proposed rule on Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance (STLDI) plans. The proposed regulatory changes seek to carry out the directions given in Executive Order 13813, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition ...

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