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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 ]

Committee discusses bill to extend Medicaid coverage to inmates prior to release

| Apr 16, 2021 | Federal

The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee discussed the Medicaid Reentry Act of 2021 during a hearing on substance misuse and the opioid epidemic on Wednesday. The bill, which is sponsored by Congressman Paul Tonko, would allow states to make Medicaid coverage available for incarcerated individuals up to 30 days...[ Read More ]

State lawmakers offer advice on creating a federal public option

| Apr 15, 2021 | Federal

Three legislators pursuing public options at the state level offered lessons learned during a recent conversation at the 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. The three lawmakers – Sen. David Frockt (WA), Sen. Matt Lesser (CT), and Rep. Dylan Roberts (CO) – are at different stages in establishing...[ Read More ]

Congressional Republicans discuss infrastructure, bipartisanship

Mansur Shaheen | Apr 14, 2021 | Federal

Infrastructure is the key word of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. With the Biden Administration hoping to pass a large scale infrastructure bill in the coming months and members of both parties hoping to give the country a facelift, the committee will have a lot of work ahead of...[ Read More ]

Democrats have opportunity to be bigger, bolder, in 2021

Mansur Shaheen | Apr 8, 2021 | Federal

With control of the Oval Office and both legislative houses, Democrats have an opportunity to make sweeping changes to American health care over the next two years. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, a Oregon representative from the Portland area, and Kim Schrier, from the outskirts of Seattle in Washington, discussed the upcoming...[ 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 ]

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