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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicaid

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal... more +
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal subsidies to reduce the number of uninsured citizens. less -

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 2

Below are key health care reform developments from the week of May 15th: ACA Repeal Efforts. Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue despite slowing down as the House of Representatives’...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017 #4

The President's budget proposes over $600 billion in Medicaid cuts on top of major reductions anticipated in repeal and replace legislation; the Trump Administration asks the Court for more time to decide on cost-sharing...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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Congress’s official budget scorekeepers this week will release analysis of the House-approved bill repealing most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that data will inform Senate Republicans on a path for passing their...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017 #3

Governors pen bipartisan letter to Congress urging five-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); new analyses find Medicaid funding cuts under the AHCA would disproportionately affect...more

GAO Encourages More CMS Collaboration with States on Medicaid Program Integrity Efforts

by Reed Smith on

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has had ongoing concerns about the integrity of the Medicaid program due to its size, diversity, and recent rapid growth as a result of the Affordable Care Act. It is the second largest...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Maine Releases Draft Waiver Request Proposing New Eligibility Requirements

On April 25, 2017, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services released for public comment a draft Section 1115 waiver application to implement new eligibility and coverage requirements for MaineCare, the State’s...more

Health Update - April 2017

CMS Issues Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Law Violations - On March 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new voluntary self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP) for disclosing...more

Wisconsin Releases Draft Waiver Amendment Proposing New Eligibility Requirements

On April 19, 2017, Wisconsin released for public comment a proposed amendment to its BadgerCare Reform Section 1115 demonstration. BadgerCare Reform currently provides coverage to approximately 150,000 childless adults ages...more

Medicaid Reform Beyond the AHCA

While we continue to monitor Congressional efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, we are also monitoring CMS’s efforts to implement the administration’s Medicaid program goals without Congressional action. The future of the...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap, March 2017 #2

Arkansas - Governor Proposes Changes to Medicaid Expansion Waiver as House Passes Bill to Cap Expansion Enrollment - Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) released a proposal to amend the State's Medicaid expansion waiver by...more

ACA Repeal and Replace Update: House Vote Expected This Week; CBO Estimates Impact of Repeal and Replace Legislation; CMS...

by King & Spalding on

After narrowly passing the Budget Committee, the Republican-sponsored health reform repeal and replace bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), is scheduled for a floor vote for Thursday, March 23, 2017, seven years to the...more

A New Era for Medicaid

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Congress is currently debating the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the “repeal and replace” legislation that calls for fundamental changes to Medicaid. As currently proposed, AHCA will cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion...more

Health Update - March 2017

The Future of Essential Health Benefits - Editor's Note: The Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule may be among the many parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are on the chopping block as the Trump Administration and...more

States May See Earliest Opportunities to Alter Health Care Landscape

by Epstein Becker & Green on

While the titans on Capitol Hill clash over the best answer to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump administration is promoting action at the state level that could produce meaningful impact soon. Health industry...more

Trump Administration Signals More Administrative Flexibility for State Medicaid Programs, with Emphasis on “Most Vulnerable...

by Reed Smith on

In her first act as CMS Administrator, Seema Verma joined HHS Secretary Tom Price in writing to the nation’s Governors to urge collaboration on improving the Medicaid program, with an emphasis on services for “truly...more

Provider Payments Under a Medicaid Per Capita Cap

In a February 24th blog post, we described Medicaid block grants and per capita caps in terms of A x B = C to demonstrate how those payment policies work. ‘A’ is the amount a state is paid per beneficiary, ‘B’ is the number...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2017

House Republicans release long-awaited ACA repeal and replace legislation, Arkansas proposes a new waiver amendment to lower expansion adult eligibility levels, and California and Maine are considering new policies to tackle...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap - March 2017

Arizona - Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Medicaid Expansion Lawsuit - A three-judge State Appeals Court panel heard an appeal of the Maricopa County Superior Court's decision that Arizona's Medicaid expansion plan...more

House Republicans Release Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief; Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Verma CMS...

by King & Spalding on

On February 16, 2017, House Republicans released a policy brief on how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The brief builds upon the ideas outlined in the 2016 “A Better Way” proposal and promises action on...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - February 2017 #4

The Kansas House sends approved Medicaid expansion legislation to the Senate; governors remain divided on Medicaid reform; and the Kaiser Family Foundation publishes a new library of 108 Medicaid expansion studies....more

Trump Administration Takes First Steps to Support Exchanges, but Key Questions Remain

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In an effort to stabilize the Exchanges and encourage issuer participation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently extended the federal Exchange application and rate filing deadlines and published a...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Meeting privately with Senate Republicans to discuss next steps on the ACA was among the first actions taken last week by the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tom Price. But GOP senators left...more

Health Update - February 2017

Securing the Safety Net for America's Vulnerable Populations - Editor's Note: America's population is aging rapidly. By 2029, 75 million baby boomers will have reached age 65 and older, and older adults will represent...more

Medicaid Outlook: Policy and Regulatory Change in 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Perspectives on Health Care and Life Sciences - Medicaid has been a vital part of the American health care safety net for more than 50 years. Today, Medicaid, along with the State Children’s Health Insurance Program...more

Trump Administration Issues Proposed Health Insurance Market Stabilization Rule: Will It Be Enough to Stabilize Exchange...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 15 February 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a step toward addressing concerns about the stability of the individual and small group health insurance markets by proposing a modicum of...more

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