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December 5, 2017
Hot Topic
As CMS signals it will approve Medicaid waivers for states to incorporate work and volunteer requirements into benefit programs, Medicaid plans must prepare to incorporate those mandates into their systems. Here’s a look at recent developments in that area.
In her first major speech on the Medicaid program, CMS Administrator Seema Verma informed attendees of the NAMD fall conference that the agency is streamlining its approach to reviewing and approving Section 1115 demonstration requests...
Here are highlights of the seven Section 1115 demonstration proposals that are pending at CMS and seek to impose work and other “community engagement” requirements on certain Medicaid recipients...
Last year’s election of Donald Trump (R) sent shock waves through much of the country, and for public health stakeholders, one question immediately took the forefront: What does this mean for Medicaid ...
Today's AIS Health Datapoint
56.25% ... of plans on the federally facilitated exchanges with a drug deductible have preferred brand copays of $50 or greater.
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Quote of the Day
When considering a partnership, “you ask the question if somebody’s able to do something that perhaps doesn’t exist in the marketplace. We’re certainly open to understanding and working with [Amazon] in that regard…[T]here is a lot that we’re doing today and there’s more that can be done…So, you would never close the door on any type of partnership. But you have to look at what those capabilities may bring that aren’t being met in the marketplace today.”
— CVS Health Corp. CEO Larry Merlo, responding to an equity analyst who asked what CVS thinks about including Inc. in PBM networks or potentially partnering with Amazon, during a Nov. 6 conference call to discuss third-quarter financial results.

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