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 •  January 17

The Senate Finance Committee voted Wednesday to advance President Trump’s nominee to serve as head of Health and Human Services. The vote was 15-12, with Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware the only Democrat to support him. Azar now faces a Senate floor vote, where he is expected to be confirmed. Two Democrats, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe...

Washington Examiner

 •  January 17

Sen. Lamar Alexander said he wants to add legislation to try to stabilize Obamacare’s insurance exchanges in a long-term spending deal, which Congress could pass as early as next month. The comments from the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee come as Congress is nearing a government shutdown Friday, with no deal...

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 •  January 13

Nine states are planning to implement work requirements for their Medicaid enrollees, following Kentucky, which on Friday became the first place in the country to be approved to create such a program. Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin have submitted their own proposals, though some will...

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 •  January 5

The repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate penalties in the tax bill has lowered the projection for how much the government will spend on medical coverage for children, according to a government report released Friday. The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation predict that the repeal of the penalties for the individual...

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 •  November 10, 2017

Five states are going to court to try to preserve an Obamacare mandate that forces employers and insurance plans to offer free birth control. California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia late Thursday filed a request for a preliminary injunction to stop federal regulations that weaken Obamacare’s birth control mandate. California had sued...

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 •  September 21, 2017

State Medicaid directors are opposing a Republican Obamacare overhaul bill that would greatly restructure the federal-state healthcare program for the poor in their jurisdictions. The National Association of Medicaid Directors said Thursday that the bill would impose significant challenges to states, chiefly that they would shoulder too much risk...

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 •  September 6, 2017

Congress this week will start a bipartisan process of considering ways to fix problems with rising premiums and dwindling health insurance options that Obamacare customers are facing in 2018, just weeks after it failed to repeal parts of the law over the summer. In a series of hearings that will begin Wednesday, members of the Senate Health,...

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 •  August 28, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency for Louisiana after massive rains from Hurricane Harvey hit the state. The declaration comes several days after a similar one was made for Texas. The declaration can help cut red tape for Medicare and Medicaid providers in the states and it frees up funding for disaster...

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 •  August 18, 2017

California's state-run Obamacare exchange has approved a hefty surcharge on health insurance plans and has taken other steps to help stabilize insurance companies in light of fears that certain funding from the federal government might soon dry up. The exchange's board approved a measure that will give health insurers until Sept. 30 to add a...