Trump Issues Gag Order on Federal Agencies — Or Not?

Various media reports maintain that both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture have received memos from the White House forbidding them to send out press releases, make new blog posts or engage in social media. Furthermore, the EPA has been told to cease issuing grants and contracts. It’s unclear if any other government […]

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CMS Aims to Beat Trump by Three Days on ACA for 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the health insurance marketplaces and regulates the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on Friday threw down the gauntlet to President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration by issuing a final rule for the ACA for 2018 — setting its effective date three days prior to Trump’s swearing in. […]

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Obamacare Enrollees Not Deterred by Trump Victory and His Vow to End Program

About 53,000 more individuals than last year signed up for health insurance policies during the first 12 days of open enrollment this year, which commenced Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, despite the election of Donald Trump as president and his vow to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Centers of […]

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CMS Proposes Changes to Obamacare Marketplace Beginning in 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its proposed annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018, which proposes additional steps to strengthen the Health Insurance Marketplace. CMS said it is issuing this rule earlier in the calendar year in order to provide more certainty to the Marketplace as it continues to mature. […]

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Arizona Relaunches CHIP Health Services for Children

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has approved Arizona’s plan to allow new enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after enrollment was frozen for several years. Now all states provide CHIP coverage to eligible children. “Today’s approval is a step forward for the health of Arizona children […]

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Annual Health Care Spending Reaches $10,000+ Per Person in the U.S.

Health care spending will hit $3.35 trillion this year, or $10,345 per man, woman and child in the United States, a record high, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced July 13. The agency  also predicted that growth in health care spending will average 5.8 percent from 2015 through 2025, outpacing growth in the […]

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HHS Issues Final Rule to Overhaul Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care

On Monday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to overhaul managed care in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) systems. The final rule has four key goals, according to HHS:  (1) supporting states’ efforts to advance delivery system reform and improvements in quality of care for Medicaid […]

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Hospital Quality Rating System Delayed by CMS

Is that hospital where you just had open-heart surgery a five star or a one star? You’ll have to wait until July, at the earliest, to find out. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday delayed implementation of its hospital quality rating system that was set to debut this week amid questions about […]

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Obamacare Sign-Ups Fall Short of Goal for 2016

On Dec. 31, 2015, about 8.8 million consumers had effectuated Health Insurance Marketplace coverage -– which means those individuals had paid their premiums and had an active policy at the end of December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced. The original goal was 9.1 million paying customers. Of the approximately 8.8 million […]

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CMS Seeks to Cut Medicare Drug Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a proposed rule to test new models to improve how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs and supports physicians and other clinicians in delivering higher quality care. CMS values public input and comments as part of the rulemaking process, and looks forward to continuing […]

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