From The Hill

Trump Officials Take Bold Steps on Medicaid

March 20, 2019

The Trump administration is pulling out all the stops to encourage red states to make conservative changes to Medicaid without congressional input. Administration officials are pushing ahead and granting approvals to states seeking to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, even in the face of legal challenges and large-scale losses in the number of people covered.

The Trump administration is pulling out all the stops to encourage red states to make conservative changes to Medicaid without congressional input.

Administration officials are pushing ahead and granting approvals to states seeking to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, even in the face of legal challenges and large-scale losses in the number of people covered.

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted Ohio’s request for work requirements, the ninth such approval since President Trump took office…..

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Measles Outbreaks Lead States to Reconsider Vaccine Exemptions

February 26, 2019

Measles outbreaks across the nation are prompting state lawmakers to consider eliminating vaccination exemptions for religious and personal beliefs that have been claimed by the parents of some children.

Public health experts and officials blame the exemptions as one reason why states are seeing an increased number of cases of measles.

Measles outbreaks across the nation are prompting state lawmakers to consider eliminating vaccination exemptions for religious and personal beliefs that have been claimed by the parents of some children.

Public health experts and officials blame the exemptions as one reason why states are seeing an increased number of cases of measles.

“What you see as religious choice could possibly cause negative health outcomes for other members of your community and society,” said Pat Burke, a Democratic state lawmaker in New York who is pushing to eliminate the state’s religious exemption.

Laws allowing parents to opt out of vaccinations were created by states trying to strike a delicate balance between religious freedom, personal choice and public health….

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Drug Pricing Fight Centers on Insulin

February 20, 2019

Lawmakers are zeroing in on the skyrocketing cost of insulin and putting pressure on manufacturers as they work to address high drug prices.

Congressional Democrats, Republicans and the Trump administration say that lowering drug prices is a priority, and drugmakers are on the hot seat.

Lawmakers are zeroing in on the skyrocketing cost of insulin and putting pressure on manufacturers as they work to address high drug prices.

Congressional Democrats, Republicans and the Trump administration say that lowering drug prices is a priority, and drugmakers are on the hot seat.

Insulin could prove an easy target in that push. The drug hasn’t changed much since it was first discovered nearly 100 years ago, and as newer forms of the drug have been introduced, the price has climbed.

There is also no generic competition to the brand names that cost patients hundreds of dollars a month….

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Red States Move to Limit Medicaid Expansion Approved by Voters

February 5, 2019

Just months after voters in Utah and Idaho approved ballot measures meant to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), legislators in both states are moving to place restrictions on the number of new people who would be covered.

Utah’s state Senate on Monday advanced a measure to cover those who make up to 100 percent of the federal poverty limit under Medicaid.

Just months after voters in Utah and Idaho approved ballot measures meant to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), legislators in both states are moving to place restrictions on the number of new people who would be covered.

Utah’s state Senate on Monday advanced a measure to cover those who make up to 100 percent of the federal poverty limit under Medicaid.

Those who make between 100 percent and 138 percent of the federal poverty level would be required to purchase subsidized insurance plans on the ACA’s individual marketplace.

The plan would replace Proposition 3, a measure that would have covered everyone up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level under Medicaid paid for by a 0.15 percentage point increase in the state sales tax. The measure passed in November by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin….

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ObamaCare Enrollment Drops for Second Year in a Row under Trump

December 19, 2018

A total of 8.45 million people signed up for ObamaCare plans on healthcare.gov during this year’s sign up period, which ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

That’s compared to the 8.8 million people who signed up last year — a drop of about 4 percent, or 367,000 people.

Enrollment in ObamaCare plans declined for the second year in a row under President Trump, according to new numbers released Wednesday.

A total of 8.45 million people signed up for ObamaCare plans on healthcare.gov during this year’s sign up period, which ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

That’s compared to the 8.8 million people who signed up last year — a drop of about 4 percent, or 367,000 people.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which runs open enrollment, characterized it as “steady” and noted that the numbers aren’t final….

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