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WI Medicaid Waiver Adds Drug Testing, Behavior Incentives

May 22, 2017 - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will submit a section 1115 Medicaid waiver for the 2018 enrollment period that aims to add drug testing, healthy behavior incentives, and premium payments for certain beneficiaries. The waivers are submitted to HHS, and if approved, allow the state legal flexibility to experiment with test programs and modify existing Medicaid mandates.  ...


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WI Medicaid Waiver Adds Drug Testing, Behavior Incentives

by Jesse Migneault

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will submit a section 1115 Medicaid waiver for the 2018 enrollment period that aims to add drug testing, healthy behavior incentives, and premium payments for certain beneficiaries. The waivers...

Two-Thirds of Physicians Disapprove of American Health Care Act

by Jesse Migneault

Two-thirds of physicians in a new Merritt Hawkins survey reported having a negative impression of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  This includes 58 percent of physicians who have a “strongly” negative take on the newly...

Healthcare Orgs React to House Vote on American Health Care Act

by Jesse Migneault

The House vote to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) has drawn responses from across the healthcare industry.    The bill was passed 217-213, and immediately created a firestorm of commentary.  The passage of the bill...

NY Senate Considers Proposal for Single Payer Healthcare

by Jesse Migneault

Since the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains unclear, and GOP plans to repeal and replace have stalled, states are taking the lead in finding solutions to the rising costs of health care.  New York has joined California as the...

OK Legislature Keeps Interstate Health Insurance Bill Viable

by Thomas Beaton

A bill that would allow interstate health insurance options for Oklahoma residents is still on the table following a House committee vote. Senate Bill 478, or the Health Care Choice Act, would authorize Oklahoma’s Insurance Commissioner...

House GOP Renewing Interest in American Health Care Act

by Thomas Beaton

House Republicans are attempting to keep the American Health Care Act (AHCA) viable by adding a new amendment to the bill prior to Congress taking its spring recess. GOP lawmakers submitted an amendment to the House of Ways and Means Committee...

California Legislature to Review Single-Payer Healthcare Bill

by Thomas Beaton

California lawmakers have introduced  a single-payer healthcare bill that would provide all Californians comprehensive coverage with minimal out-of-pocket costs. The State Senate will review SB 562, or “The Healthy California Act,”...

Kansas Lawmakers Vote for Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA

by Thomas Beaton

UPDATE: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has vetoed the legislation, calling Medicaid expansion "irresponsible and unsustainable." Kansas state lawmakers in the House and Senate have voted to approve Medicaid expansion under the Affordable...

House Votes to Boost Health Insurance Options for Businesses

by Thomas Beaton

The House of Representatives has voted 236-175 to move the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 to the Senate in an effort to increase health insurance options for small businesses. The Act is designed to promote the growth of Association...

House GOP Leaders Pull American Health Care Act Before Vote

by Thomas Beaton

Before it could reach the House of Representatives for a vote, Republican party leaders pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Because lawmakers could not agree on the structure or substance of the conservative healthcare framework, the...

House Reps Add Amendments to the American Health Care Act

by Thomas Beaton

House Republicans recently added 21 pages of  updates and changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to push forward the potential Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill. Many of the legislation’s changes would make...

APMs, Health Data Exchange among Top Payer Reform Goals

by Thomas Beaton

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) offered policymakers and stakeholders healthcare reform priorities, including alternative payment models (APMs) and health data exchange, that aim to lower overall healthcare costs and improve patient...

HHS Launches Webpage Detailing ACA Repeal Actions

by Thomas Beaton

HHS created a new online resource that highlights the regulatory and administrative actions the federal department has taken for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal. HHS believes that these actions are necessary to relieve burdens of the...

Tom Price: American Health Care Act CBO Score is Inaccurate

by Thomas Beaton

HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, released a statement that decried several findings from the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The CBO estimates that over 14 million Americans will lose health...

CBO Score Confirms Industry’s American Health Care Act Concerns

by Thomas Beaton

After the Congressional Budget Office released their cost estimate on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) several healthcare industry leadership groups reaffirmed their concerns about the bill, which may leave approximately  14 million Americans...

Industry Groups Express Concerns Over Proposed ACA Repeal Bills

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Earlier this week, House Republicans started a potential Affordable Care Act repeal by introducing the American Health Care Act. But some industry groups recently expressed concerns that the legislation would inappropriately shift more healthcare...

HHS Secretary Price Voices Support for House ACA Repeal

by Thomas Beaton

The Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services Secretary (HHS) penned a letter to the two House Republicans behind the American Health Care Act praising the new legislation that would replace the Affordable Care Act. “On...

House Republicans Propose Two New Bills to Replace ACA

by Thomas Beaton

On Monday, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee proposed two bills that together will effectively repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Combined the bills comprise the American Health Care Act....

Bill Would Make Health Insurance Liable for Antitrust Laws

by Thomas Beaton

Proposed legislation supported by the American Hospital Association passed the House Judiciary Committee earlier that if approved by Congress make health insurance companies liable for anti-competitive business practices. The Competitive Health...

Researchers Expect ACA Repeal Adverse Effects on Uninsured

by Thomas Beaton

Authors of a recent viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association foresee health and financial risks the uninsured patient population following a partial or complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The...

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