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Medicare 340B Drug Payment Policy Survives Legal Challenge; Hospitals Say, It's Not Over

A federal court has handed CMS an initial legal victory enabling drastic cuts in Medicare Part B payment to take effect for separately payable drugs and biologicals purchased by hospitals under the 340B Drug Discount Program...more

New Tax Overhaul and Government Funding Measures: What's in It for Health Care?

In the week before Christmas, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law the final Republican tax overhaul bill. While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the new tax bill taking...more

Congress Passes Government Funding Measures

On December 21, Congress passed a bill to continue funding the government through January 19, 2018, averting a potential government shutdown ahead of the December 22, 2017, deadline for the previous funding measure. The House...more

New Tax Plan Changes Rules on Health Coverage, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the final Republican tax cut bill includes several provisions expected to impact health care coverage and expenses. First, the bill effectively repeals...more

Tax Change for the Tax-Exempt: How Will Organizations – and Their Donors – Be Affected?

The final Republican tax cut bill includes several provisions expected to impact tax-exempt organizations, their donors and their employees. First, the bill temporarily increases the charitable deduction amount allowed to...more

Congress Passes GOP Tax Overhaul Legislation

Congress has now approved the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) on a party-line vote (51-48 Senate, 224-201 House), sending the GOP tax overhaul to President Donald Trump to be signed into law. The...more

Republicans Release Final Tax Bill Agreement

On Friday, December 15, Republican House and Senate negotiators announced they had come to an agreement on a final tax bill that they expect to vote on this week and that may potentially be signed into law by President Trump...more

Senate Passes GOP Tax Cuts Package; House and Senate Bills Now Move to Conference Committee

After a week of frenzied debate and last minute deal making, the Senate approved a sweeping package of tax cuts by a vote of 51 to 49 with Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and all Democrats voting in opposition. It remained unclear...more

Medicaid Forecast: Slower Enrollment Growth and Higher Spending Growth for FY 2017 – 2018: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget...

On October 19, Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates hosted a joint briefing to release their 17th Annual 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for state fiscal years (FY) 2017 and 2018. The survey highlights...more

Alexander, Murray Announce Bipartisan Proposal on Market Stabilization

On October 17, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced they had agreed on a proposal for a narrow, short-term individual market...more

Fate of Last-Minute Affordable Care Act Initiatives Uncertain

This week, the debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gained new momentum in two separate, but connected channels. As the fiscal year (FY) budget reconciliation window enabling expedited passage of an ACA repeal draws to a...more

Surprise Opposition Sinks the Better Care Reconciliation Act; New Vote on "Repeal-and-Delay" Uncertain to Advance

On Monday evening, July 17, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) issued joint statements in opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate Republicans' companion bill to the House-passed...more

Senate Republican Health Care Working Group Releases Health Care Reform Bill Text

On June 22, Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their companion bill to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The legislation, which reforms the Affordable...more

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