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DJ Wilson | Mar 11, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

An Actual Bipartisan Plan

| Mar 2, 2020 | Federal

Political polarization has largely paralyzed Washington, which is why the Bipartisan Policy Center’s new health reform plan is both notable and important. The lead authors of the plan are former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist and former Administrators of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...[ Read More ]

More states are better prepared for health emergency, watchdog group says

Monte Whaley | Feb 27, 2020 | Federal

As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 begins invading the United States, a national health care watchdog group says most states have improved their emergency preparedness plans including public health funding, participation in healthcare coalitions and compacts, hospital safety and seasonal flu vaccination. Colorado, Utah, and Washington were among 25 states and...[ Read More ]

Medicaid Fiscal Integrity: Protecting Taxpayers and Patients

| Feb 12, 2020 | Federal

Medicaid Fiscal Integrity: Protecting Taxpayers and Patients Protecting Medicaid and ensuring it remains sustainable and able to provide access to high quality care for society’s most vulnerable populations is a top priority for the Trump administration. Medicaid plays a critical role in the fabric of our nation’s health care safety...[ Read More ]

"The luckiest man in the world"

DJ Wilson | Feb 3, 2020 | Federal

Super Bowl ads and health care have not always fit well together. Historically, there is a tone deafness that was remarkable by the health care sector, particularly the pharmaceutical sector.  I wrote about that in 2016 back when ads for "opioid induced constipation" were airing. The 2020 Super Bowl was...[ Read More ]

CMS’ Medicaid Waiver Template for the ACA Expansion Population

| Jan 31, 2020 | Federal

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) new section 1115 Medicaid model waiver will allow states to provide coverage to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansion population in a manner that differs from certain current law requirements. While release of this plan is a milestone of sorts for advocates...[ Read More ]

4 things to know about the 5th Circuit decision on the ACA

DJ Wilson | Dec 19, 2019 | Federal

There is a lot of coverage about last night's ACA decision, but little of it got in the weeds of what this might mean moving forward. So, we dug into the ruling, reviewed the process, and wanted to share with you four things we think are worth knowing about this...[ Read More ]

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