Cruz Plan Gets Thumbs Up From HHS But Thumbs Down From Most Everyone Else

During another day of fast-moving developments, Senate Republicans signaled their intent to attempt to bring an updated repeal-and-delay bill to the floor for a vote next week.

Capitol Hill Dems, HHS Secretary Price Trade Jabs On HHS Budget

Tom Price defends proposed spending reductions in Medicaid and other HHS programs while demurring on questions about cost-sharing subsidies for the 2018 Obamacare marketplace.

A Busy Week For Health: Budget Cuts, CBO Scores And Mitch McConnell’s Cryptic Signal

KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Rovner discuss some of the developments that shook up health news this week.

CMS Gives States Until 2022 To Meet Medicaid Standards On Home And Community-Based Care

The Trump administration has given states three more years to meet federal standards aimed at helping elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees receive services without being forced to go into nursing homes.

Medicare Failed To Investigate Suspicious Infection Cases From 96 Hospitals

The HHS inspector general’s office found that Medicare should have done an in-depth review of suspicious or aberrant infection reports from scores of hospitals.

Repeal, Replace … Revise: Your Guide To Market Stabilization

Even though the GOP health plan is stalled by intraparty negotiations, some big insurance changes are still in the works.

Popular Guarantee For Young Adults’ Coverage May Be Health Law’s Achilles’ Heel

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but both parties want to keep the health law’s provision to allow adults to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. But that could be hurting the marketplace’s insurance pools.

Trump’s Promise To Rein In Drug Prices Could Open Dam To Importation Laws

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bill to allow Americans to buy cheaper medicines from Canada would bypass a requirement that blocked past legislative efforts over two decades.

Report: Fired U.S. Attorney Was Probing Tom Price’s Stock Trades

The HHS Secretary bought stock in companies that stood to benefit from legislation he voted for and sponsored as a Georgia congressman.

New Rules Try To Shore Up Individual Health Insurance Market In 2018

The Trump administration’s first health regulation would shorten the enrollment periods and make it harder for patients to get coverage outside of that annual signup period.

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