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CMS is Bringing Health Plan Quality Ratings to All Exchanges for the First Time

| Aug 15, 2019 | Federal

For the first time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will require the display of the five-star Quality Rating System (or star ratings) available nationwide for health plans offered on the Health Insurance Exchanges beginning with the 2020 Open Enrollment Period. This step builds on the Trump Administration’s...[ Read More ]

California Medical Association and Governor Newsom issue responses to President Trump’s public charge rule

Laura Burns | Aug 13, 2019 | California, Federal

The California Medical Association (CMA) and Governor Newsom issued separate press releases this week regarding the Trump Administration’s new public charge rule. The  rule  links a person’s immigration status to their income and use of certain public programs. It also expands the term “public charge,” which, historically, has meant a...[ Read More ]

The Commonwealth Fund annual report pinpoints high cost of US health care

Emily Viles | Aug 5, 2019 | Federal

This week, The Commonwealth Fund released their 2018 Annual Report. The report demonstrates progress towards the goal of advancing access to high-quality, affordable health care for all.“The Year in Numbers,” another feature of the report, highlights Fund research on the drivers of U.S. prescription drug costs, the state of health...[ Read More ]

CMS files proposed rule on hospital pricing

Laura Burns | Aug 1, 2019 | Federal

CMS filed a proposed rule on July 29 to increase transparency in hospital payment systems. According to CMS’s newsroom, this proposed rule will increase visibility in health care pricing structures, which will allow consumers to make more informed choices when looking to health care services. This proposed rule follows President...[ Read More ]

Trump administration announces plan to import drugs from Canada

Emily Viles | Jul 31, 2019 | Federal

This morning, the Trump administration announced it will begin the process of setting up a system for the importation of drugs into the US from Canada. The announcement follows months of consumer complaints regarding the high costs of drugs, and conversations with individual states regarding the potential importation.  “The landscape...[ Read More ]

Trump administration likely to deny Utah's 90/10 Medicaid funding request

Emily Viles | Jul 29, 2019 | Utah

The Washington Post reported late on Friday that the Trump Administration is likely to deny funding for Utah’s Medicaid expansion efforts.  We have been tracking Utah’s 1115 waiver, and the implementation of Medicaid expansion provisions passed during the legislative session, for several months. Before the 2019 session began, Utahns passed...[ Read More ]

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