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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 ]

Alternative payment models require a second look

| Apr 6, 2021 | Federal

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2010, alternative payment models (APMs) were touted as promising tools for reining in costs. After a decade of modest results, the Biden administration should consider adjusting their design. The premise of APMs is that the financial incentives embedded in reimbursement policies...[ Read More ]

The next health care battles

| Mar 19, 2021 | Federal

With enactment of its $1.9 trillion COVID response bill, the Biden administration has advanced its health policy priorities, especially federal support for coverage expansion. The president and his aides may find securing passage of their next steps more challenging. The key coverage provisions of the new law are noteworthy and...[ Read More ]

The coming ACA expansion will be permanent

| Mar 3, 2021 | Federal

The COVID-19 response bill moving briskly through Congress contains the largest expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since the law was enacted eleven years ago. In fact, the increased subsidies for insurance enrollment are more consequential, and costly, than has been advertised to date because, once in place, they...[ Read More ]

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