Our colleagues at ML Strategies have provided their Health Care Weekly Preview for the week of October 2, 2017. This week’s preview focuses on the wake left by Secretary Price’s exit, including its impact on the administration’s deregulatory agenda. The preview also discusses Congress’ failure to reauthorize a number of health care programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as its failure to address issues related to disproportionate share hospitals (DSH), special needs plans (SNPs) and community health centers.
Congress returns from its Memorial Day recess to four full weeks of legislative activity. The drama of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) now hangs over the Senate. The House will return to its regular work once they advance the FDA User Fee Reauthorization, with the Senate also having to schedule floor time for the package. Also on our radar this month will be the date June 21st– the date in which insurers decide if they will participate in the Obamacare Marketplace for 2018. This could play a role in the Administration’s ongoing discussions regarding cost-sharing reductions, as well as how the Senate approaches its version of the AHCA. Continue Reading Congress Returns for June Session to Face AHCA, User Fees and More
Welcome to Spring Break! That time of the year where college kids head to a beach somewhere, families pack up for some tourist trap to spend lots of money, and Congress gets out of DC and goes back home. This is also a time to consider where we are and where we are heading in terms of health care policy. We will continue to hear of potential policies aiming to unify Republicans on health care reform, but until we see substantive policy changes that get members to change their votes from the American Health Care Act, this is all talk. However, there is a health care minibus coming. The “minibus” refers to a handful of policy provisions tied together in one piece of legislation. This minibus will carry a number of provisions into law. How many riders will be onboard the minibus remains to be seen. Continue Reading The Health Care Minibus