Tag: Medicaid

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: June 8, 2020

IS THIS MEDICAID WEEK?

  • It Has Been 73 Days Since the CARES Act Passed. The bill created the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) and allocated $100 billion to reimburse providers for lost revenues resulting from COVID-19....

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 05, 2020

    This Week’s Dose: House Republicans released proposals to support coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released new flexibi...

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 29, 2020

    This Week’s Dose: Negotiations over the coronavirus (COVID-19) response continued in the Senate with Democrats releasing a new proposal on health coverage expansion. The Trump A...

    McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 22, 2020

    This Week’s Dose: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) distributed funding to increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity and announced a targeted Provider Re...

    McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: May 18, 2020

    ALL EYES ON THE SENATE.

    • Last Week Was a Busy One for the House. On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (R. 680...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 15, 2020

      This Week’s Dose:  House Democrats introduced a $3 trillion coronavirus (COVID-19) relief bill, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released annual upd...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 1, 2020

      This Week’s Dose: The Senate announced it will reconvene next week, and the Administration issued new coronavirus (COVID-19) testing guidelines. The Centers for Medicare and...

      Healthcare Preview: Week of April 27

      On this episode of the Healthcare Preview podcast, McDermottPlus VP Rodney Whitlock and Policy Consultant Emma Zimmerman discuss the next distribution of funding from the provider relief fund created by the CARES Act, and what’s next for health...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 24, 2020

      This Week’s Dose: Congress approved additional emergency relief for healthcare providers and small businesses, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announce...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 17, 2020

      This Week’s Dose: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened the online portal for providers to attest to the terms and conditions for the first $30 billion di...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 10, 2020

      This Week’s Dose: The Administration distributed the first wave of funding from the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services emergency fund, provided through the Coron...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 3, 2020

      This Week’s Dose: Implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act continues as lawmakers consider a fourth relief bill in response to COVID-...

      McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: March 23, 2020

      ALL EYES ON SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING BILL NUMBER THREE.

      • Congress Expects to Reach a Deal This Week. Over a whirlwind of a weekend, Senate Republicans unveiled a $1.6 trillion stimulus and suppor...

        McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 20, 2020

        This Week’s Dose: The response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to dominate lawmakers’ attention. The Senate passed the second emergency funding bill and began work on a third. The ...

        McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 13, 2020

        This Week’s Dose: Lawmakers are considering additional emergency funding to address the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as US cases top 1,000. The Administration released long-awaite...

        McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: March 09, 2020

        ADDRESSING CORONAVIRUS.

        • Coronavirus Consequences. Last week, Congress passed, and the President signed an $8.3 billion coronavirus supplemental funding package. The package includes $3 billio...

          McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 28, 2020

          This Week’s Dose: The Administration requested emergency funding to fight the coronavirus epidemic, and US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended the Pres...

          McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 07, 2020

          This Week’s Dose: The House Ways and Means and Education and Labor committees released information on their surprise billing proposals, and President Trump delivered the State of the Union o...

          McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 31, 2020

          This Week’s Dose: The House of Representatives returned from recess to continue work on legislation to address surprise medical bills and high drug costs, while the Administration unveiled a...

          McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: January 27, 2020

          The House is Back, but the Senate Remains Focused on Impeachment.   

          • Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Proposed Rule and Medicaid Block Grants. This week, comments are due for the Medicaid Fisc...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 17, 2020

            This Week’s Dose: The House of Representatives voted to formally present the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, kicking off the trial phase of the impeachment pr...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 06, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Congress is back in town with just two weeks to address government funding and many healthcare issues. More proposals are emerging on drug pricing and surprise billing, and...

            McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 22, 2019

            This Week’s Dose: Impeachment continued to dominate the news, Congress averted a government shutdown, and federal vaping regulation stalled. Congress

            McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: November 18, 2019

            Last Week to Address Government Funding and the Extenders.  

            • November 21st is Here. This week, Congress has to fund the government to prevent a shutdown and address the healthcare ...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 15, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Government funding negotiations continued against the backdrop of impeachment, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new rules on provider price t...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 8, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: There was little activity in Congress with the House in recess, but we saw several developments in the Medicaid space including new guidance from the Centers for Medicare a...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 25, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: The House Ways and Means Committee completed its markup of H.R. 3, but floor consideration was pushed until mid-November. Seema Verma appeared before the House Energy and ...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 18, 2019

              The Healthcare Preview podcast, now available on SoundCloud (link to profile here) This Week’s Dose: The House is moving ahead on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug pricing proposal.

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 4, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: The impeachment inquiry proceedings are still moving forward, despite the Congressional recess. Surprise billing activity continued, and the Trump Administration issued an ...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: September 27, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Speaker Pelosi’s announcement of an impeachment inquiry dominated the news this week, but what does that mean for health care policy?

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: September 20, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Speaker Pelosi released her long-awaited drug pricing bill, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee questioned drug companies’ financial motivations during a hearing ...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: September 13, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: The House and Senate are back in session with two weeks to go until the government funding deadline and lots to do. Congress...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: August 2, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Things have quieted down in Congress with the House out of session and the Senate wrapping up its last week before the August recess. But the agencies are still at work, so...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 26, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: The Senate Finance Committee finally released its drug pricing package and moved quickly to a markup. The bill passed out of committee, but work will continue before the fu...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 12, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Congress is back for the final legislative session before the August recess, and it’s all about what can get done ahead of the break. House and Senate committees have alr...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 28, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Lots of movement in Congress ahead of the Fourth of July recess with the House and Senate both advancing a number of health care bills. President Trump also signed an execu...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 21, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Three weeks down, one week to go in this work period. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is moving forward with its cost containment legislat...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 14, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: The focus was back on surprise billing this week with the third hearing of the year. We also saw hearings on Medicare for All and vertical consolidation in the health care ...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 7, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Congress is back, and this week marked the start of another busy legislative session. Work continues on drug pricing, surprise billing and cost containment, and negotiation...

              McDermottPlus Health Care Preview: June 3, 2019

              And they’re back. Today, Congress starts a four-week legislative session, and it’s going to be a busy one. In fact, the next four weeks are key for the opportunity for Congress to produce. The Senate Finance...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 24, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: We saw a flurry of activity this week related to drug pricing, surprise billing, cost containment and tobacco as lawmakers worked through their to-do list ahead of the Memo...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 17, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Drug pricing remains in the spotlight, but lawmakers also introduced legislation focused on surprise billing and coinsurance. Congres...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 10, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Another busy week for prescription drug pricing. Two more hearings took place on the subject, and a handful of bills passed out of the House. Now we watch the Senate to see...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 3, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Lots of activity surrounding single-payer this week with a hearing, the introduction of two Medicare expansion bills and a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 26, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: When Congress is away, the agencies will play. The Administration made some major announcements and dropped several new important rules this week, giving stakeholders plent...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 5, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Health care continues to dominate much of the attention on Capitol Hill. Lots of hearings. New coverage expansion legislation. And more state action on Medicaid. <...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 29, 2019

              This Week’s Dose: Congress is back and busy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) dominates the headlines. Congress Democrats Release...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 15, 2019

              This Week’s Diagnosis: All about the budget. Medicaid work requirements back in the spotlight. Recess awaits. Congress Azar Ma...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 1, 2019

              This Week’s Diagnosis: Congress gets busy. Pharmaceutical CEOs testify and emerge unscathed. The Administration is quiet. Congress

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 22, 2019

              This Week’s Diagnosis: It’s all quiet on the Hill. Members return Monday after the first full week of district work time in the 116th Congress.

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 15, 2019

              This Week’s Diagnosis: Congress passed a $328 billion spending package to avert another government shutdown.  President Trump is expected to sign it.  Congressional hearings continue to fo...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 1, 2019

              This Week’s Diagnosis: Government reopens…for at least three weeks. Congress is full steam ahead, kicking off the 116th with health care hearings on drug pricing and pre-existin...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 18, 2019

              Congress Shutdown Stalemate. Over the past two weeks, the Democratic-controlled House has voted to fund the federal agencies affected by the shutdown. There have been short- ...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 14, 2018

              This Week’s Diagnosis: President Trump clashed with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a meeting this week about how to keep the g...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 7, 2018

              This Week’s Diagnosis: Memorial services for President George H.W. Bush were held this week in Washington, DC and Texas. No agreement has been reached on border wall funding, which means Mem...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 2, 2018

              This Week’s Diagnosis: While members of Congress are touting the passage of the opioid package on the campaign trail, the Administration continued releasing a series of significant health po...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 26, 2018

              This Week’s Diagnosis: The Administration remains active with the issuance of several new guidance documents, the drug pricing announcement and the President (finally) signing the bipartisan...

              McDermottPlus Check-Up: September 28, 2018

              This Week’s Diagnosis: Consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination dominated airtime in the Senate this week, but the House stayed on-task, pushing through a number of health-related bills. <...

              McDermottPlus Check-up: September 14, 2018

              This Week’s Diagnosis: The House and Senate cancelled scheduled votes this week in anticipation of Hurricane Florence making landfall on the East Coast. The cancellations included a bipartis...