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Ways and Means Holds Hearing on Medicare for All

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on Medicare for All, the first time a committee with health care jurisdiction has considered the policy. In addition to voicing support for the Medicare for All Act, many Democrats also brought up other proposals to expand coverage, such as lowering the Medicare eligibility age, creating…

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Senate HELP Committee Holds Second Hearing on Electronic Health Information Implementation

The Senate HELP Committee will hold its second hearing on implementing the electronic health information provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Chief Medical Officer Kate Goodrich will be testifying.

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Democrats Launch Investigation on STLDI

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Democrats have launched an investigation into Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance plans.

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DelBene Leads Letter to CMS to Delay MSSP Application Timeline

On January 23, 2019, Representative Suzan DelBene led a letter to to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator, Seema Verma, expressing concern related to the deadlines for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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Congressional Inquiry on Section 1332 Guidance

On June 19, 2018 Republican leaders of the Senate Budget Committee sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, inquiring on improper payments made in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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GOP Releases Legislation Intended to Stabilize Exchange Markets

Republican congressional health leaders introduced legislation to stabilize individual federal insurance exchange markets on March 19th.

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Senate HELP Committee Releases Bipartisan Bill to Stabilize Markets

Yesterday, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a bipartisan agreement to provide for short-term stabilization of the individual health insurance market following President Trump’s recent decision to end distribution of cost sharing reduction payments (CSRs) previously available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Senate GOP Fails to Pass ACA Repeal and Replace Bills

This week, Republican leadership brought three separate proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the Senate floor for consideration but were unable to find consensus within their caucus, and all three measures failed to pass.  Majority Leader McConnell now must decide how to move forward with their efforts to repeal and/or replace the…

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Repeal and Replace: Senate Republicans and CBO Explore Both Options

This week, Senate Republican leadership released two potential plans for moving forward with its effort to repeal and/or replace the portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are appropriate to address in the reconciliation process.

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Draft Legislative Text of McArthur Amendment Offers More Details on Proposed AHCA Changes

On Tuesday, House Republican leaders circulated draft legislative language offering more details about the AHCA amendment developed by Reps. McArthur and Meadows.

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Republicans Revise AHCA Before Floor Vote

House Republican leaders unveiled amendments to the American Health Act Monday night in anticipation of a floor vote Thursday.

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American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017 House Republicans unveiled the American Health Care Act, their Repeal and Replacement legislation for the Affordable Care Act.

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Obamacare Repeal and Replace: Policy Brief and Resources

Summary of the Republican ACA Repeal and Replace Proposal prepared by House Republican leadership.

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H.R. Bill Protecting Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) proposes legislation that would require insurance companies to accept everyone who applies, as long as they sign up during certain enrollment periods or certain life events like getting married.

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S.222 The Obamacare Replacement Act

On January 25, 2017 U.S. Senator Rand Paul, M.D. (R-KY) introduced the Obamacare Replacement Act. Senator Paul’s plan offers some limited protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and seeks to address the cost of health care through expanded health savings accounts and tax credits. While legislative text is not yet available, a summary is available.

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Patient Freedom Act of 2017

On January 23, 2017 U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) released the legislative text for the Patient Freedom Act of 2017, a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act that proposes a compromise to repeal – offering states the option to keep the Affordable…

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The American Health Care Reform Act of 2017

On January 4, 2017 the House Republican Study Committee released a new plan for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Senate Finance Committee Letter to RGA on Jan 2017 Medicaid Roundtable

In a letter to the Republican Governors Association dated December 13, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee announced that it will convene a Governor Roundtable in January 2017 to discuss the sustainability and future of the Medicaid program.

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House Letter to Governors and State Insurance Commissioners

December 2, 2016 letter from the House Republican Leadership to Governors and State Insurance Commissioners requesting input on specific questions concerning repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

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H.R. 3100 (Congressman Tom Price, M.D.)

Prohibits HHS and States from requiring physicians to participate in certain health plans or the Meaningful Use program as a condition of licensure

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H.R. 4848 (Congressman Tom Price, M.D.)

Would delay implementation of the Medicare Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) payment model

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H.R.3762 Budget Reconciliation Bill

Approved by Congress and vetoed by President Obama in January 2016

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H.R. 1650 (Congressman Tom Price, M.D.)

Expands Medicare beneficiary-physician private contracting rights

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H.R. 1234 (Congressman Tom Price, M.D.)

Repeals select aspects of the Affordable Care Act

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