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Health Policy Updates: February 10 2018

Congress has been working on new budget legislation with bipartisan support. Some parts are clearly positives, such as the restoration of funding for community health centers, and an even-farther-into-the-future extension of CHIP funds. On the other hand, it proposes the death of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, an Obamacare institution intended to hold down health care costs (though the board itself has never actually materialized). This may represent an important symbolic (if immediately immaterial) retreat from the idea of “bending the cost curve”.

“In a rare show of bipartisanship for the mostly polarized 115th Congress, Republican and Democratic Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs…The deal does appear to include almost every other health priority Democrats have been pushing the past several months, including two years of renewed funding for community health centers and a series of other health programs Congress failed to provide for before they technically expired last year.”

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Health Policy Updates: January 14 2018

The Trump administration is moving ahead with enabling states to impose work requirements for Medicaid.

“‘This policy is about helping people achieve the American dream,’ Verma told reporters on Thursday. ‘People moving off of Medicaid is a good outcome because we hope that means they don’t need the program anymore.'”

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Health Policy Updates: April 1 2017

The ACA remains the “law of the land” (to use Speaker Ryan’s language) for now. But what happens next? There are still many things that the Republican-controlled Congress and Executive can do that might seriously impact the law’s outcomes.

“But Price could do two things now that would have huge effects on the marketplaces: He could drop a court case left over from the Obama administration, a move that would cut some subsidies to more than half of marketplace enrollees, and he could loosen the most hated part of the law, a mandate requiring most people to have coverage or pay a penalty at tax time.”
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