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The complicated politics of a federal “coverage gap” workaround

| Jul 14, 2021 | Federal

The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress are pursuing a two-track legislative agenda for the second half of 2021, although political considerations and a crowded calendar may force a merger. The first bill is supposed to consummate an agreement among a bipartisan group of ten senators for more infrastructure spending....[ Read More ]

An overview of Nevada’s new insurance law (SB 420)

| Jun 28, 2021 | Federal

Earlier this month, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed into law SB 420, which sets the stage for the introduction of new state-directed insurance offerings in the individual and small group markets. State officials are placing this effort in the “public option” column, and what eventually emerges might validate the label....[ Read More ]

An update on the national health policy agenda after the president’s budget submission

| Jun 7, 2021 | Federal

President Biden’s first budget submission, which he sent to Congress at the end of last month, is surprising in what it omits. Several high-profile health proposals from the 2020 campaign are mentioned in the text but are not tied to specific proposals. While Congress is free to take up ideas...[ Read More ]

Three reversals point to major changes in federal Medicaid policy

| May 20, 2021 | Federal

The Biden administration’s reversals of three Trump-era Medicaid decisions signal a wholesale change in direction is now underway. While some legal wrangling is likely (and may be protracted), the previous administration’s imprint on the program is certain to fade with time. The new president signed an executive order on January...[ Read More ]

Uncertainty emerges in the 2021 health agenda

| May 4, 2021 | Federal

President Biden’s health policy agenda got off to a quick start but may slow in the coming months. His proposals to expand Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium subsidies and increase Medicaid support for eligibility expansion are popular positions in his party (although not among Republicans), and thus were included in...[ Read More ]

U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee reaffirms bipartisan support for price transparency

| Apr 19, 2021 | Federal

Political polarization in the nation’s capital has made it rare in recent years for Democrats and Republicans to find agreement in health care policy. A prominent exception is price transparency. Both parties are fully committed to it, as seen in a recent bipartisan letter from the leaders of the House...[ Read More ]

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