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Trump Health Chief Reveals Talks with States on Medicaid Block Grants

HHS Secretary Alex Azar revealed Thursday that his department is in talks with states about instituting block grants in Medicaid without congressional approval. “There may be states that have asked about block granting, per capita, restructurings around especially expansion populations ... It's at their instigation.”

CMS Helps States with Medicaid Work Requirement Waiver

The CMS rolled out new tools on Thursday to help states get approval to make changes to Medicaid such as implementing work requirements. Administrator Seema Verma defended the administration's push to get more states to pursue 1115 demonstration waivers even as the agency faces criticism over coverage losses due to work rules.

AEI & Brookings: How to Reduce Health Care Costs

In response to a request from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, health policy experts at the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution worked together to compile a list of policy options to slow the rate of increase of health care costs and attract bipartisan support.

The Costs of Government’s Benevolent Coercion

Critics cried sabotage when political leaders took action to repair some of the damage done by the ACA. But a new study by the president’s Council of Economic Advisers finds that eliminating federal tax penalties on the uninsured and giving consumers more coverage options will provide economic benefits totaling $450 billion over the next decade.

Americans Are in No Mood for Another Health Care Upheaval

The American people don't want such a major upheaval. The right solution is to give people more choices of more affordable health coverage and have states, rather than the federal government, target resources to those who need help.

Administrative Actions

CMS Helps States with Medicaid Work Requirement Waiver

The CMS rolled out new tools on Thursday to help states get approval to make...

CMS Wants Advice on Facilitating Insurance Sales across State Lines

The CMS is asking the public for ideas and advice on how to make it...

Trump Administration Weighs Publicizing Secret Rates Hospitals and Doctors Negotiate With Insurers

The Trump administration is sounding out an idea to require that hospitals, doctors and other...

White House Wants to Hear About Insurers’ Challenges with Grandfathered ACA Plans

The Trump administration wants to know what challenges employer and group health plans face in...

Preserving Patient Choice for Affordable Coverage

Galen Institute president Grace-Marie Turner testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Feb....

Need for Reform

Totaling up the Health Care Bill

This is a special time of year in health policy nerd world — the arrival...

Testimony: The Cost of Rising Prescription Drug Prices

American consumers and policymakers are increasingly concerned about the high cost of prescription drugs. According...

Optum Rx Makes Demand Before Companies Lower Drug List Prices

Optum Rx, one of America’s largest PBMs sent a letter to drug companies outlining several...

Health Care Cost and Utilization Report

HCCI’s annual reports examine year-over-year and 5-year cumulative trends in health care spending for individuals...

Hospital Mergers Improve Health? Evidence Shows the Opposite

Many things affect your health. Genetics. Lifestyle. Modern medicine. The environment in which you live...

Of Interest

Select International Drug Pricing Policies Show Prevalent Government Control over Pricing and Restrictions on Access

The Trump Administration has proposed using its demonstration authority under section 1115A of the Social...

Finland’s Cabinet Quits over Failure to Deliver Healthcare Reform

Finland’s coalition government resigned on Friday a month ahead of a general election, saying it...

Good News: Opioid Prescribing Fell. The Bad? Pain Patients Suffer, Doctors Say.

Three years ago this month, as alarms were sounding across the country about the over-prescription...

Gottlieb’s Replacement? A Roundup of Likely, Possible, and You-Never-Know Contenders

The sudden resignation of Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, leaves...

Revealed: How The CBO Saved ObamaCare With Bogus Forecasts

As centrist Republicans contemplated an Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan, the CBO warned that doing so would...

Real Reform

Eakinomics: Surprise Billing

Surprise billing is an unexpected event that requires significant financial resources. That’s hardly a unique...

How To End The Scourge Of Surprise Medical Bills In The Emergency Room

Legislators at both the federal and local level are trying to do something about the...

AEI & Brookings: How to Reduce Health Care Costs

In response to a request from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Committee...

Rep. Bruce Westerman: Solving the Healthcare Crisis in a Bill That Works for Everyone

Access to quality, affordable medical care should be something all elected officials can agree to...

Bringing Competitive Direct Primary Care to Medicare

Direct primary care (DPC) is fast becoming an accepted alternative to fee-for-service payment in the private market,...

State Actions

Republicans Imposed Medicaid Work Requirements; Governor Wants to Undo Them

Michigan’s new Democratic governor is attempting to reverse course on steps taken by her Republican...

CON Revamp Fails in House, but Sponsor Vows to Continue Fight

Hospital industry lobbying against health care regulatory changes paid off Thursday when the Georgia House...

Connecticut Democrats Propose Public Health-Insurance Option

Democratic lawmakers in Connecticut introduced legislation Thursday that would create a public option for health-care...

Florida Lawmakers Eye a Health Care Chasm

After health care sharply divided Democratic and Republican candidates in last fall’s campaigns, Florida lawmakers...

States Scramble to Head off Future Medicaid Shortfalls

States that expanded their Medicaid health insurance programs are hunting for ways to fund the...

Government-controlled Health Care

Commentary: How ‘Medicare for All’ Bills Would Worsen the Doctor Shortage

“Medicare for All” may sound good to some Americans until they take a closer look...

Pelosi Drops Bombs: ‘Medicare for All’ Would Be Worse Than the Current System — Plus, ‘How Do You Pay For That’?

First, she douses progressives’ impeachment dreams in cold water, telling the Washington Post that such a divisive and drastic...

Humana CEO: Medicare-For-All Is ‘a Great Opportunity’

But he warned that how such a system would work — and who would pay...

What Socialized Medicine Looks Like

Left-wing Democrats in Congress have decided on a new version of “Medicare for All.” Turns out its...

Governors Are Laying the Groundwork for Single-Payer

Connecticut, Nevada, Illinois and Minnesota are looking at schemes that would allow anyone to buy...