This week, the President’s FY 2019 budget will be released, and the Administration will spend the next couple of weeks touting its goals. How this activity is received in Congress will play out in various committee hearings, as will issues like drug pricing, which the Administration is closely examining. On the regulatory side, is this the week that we finally see action on short-term limited duration insurance plans? We cover what that could mean and more in this week’s health care preview.
Congress has four days to fund the government. The emerging spending deal could include any number of legislative priorities. We wait and see for signs that a spending deal is close before we start envisioning what a short-term continuing resolution might look like. Both sides will have to agree in order to avoid the shutdown. We also will be following the Senate Finance Committee as it votes to advance the nomination of Alex Azar to the full Senate for consideration. You can read about this and more in our health care preview.
This week, Republicans will ramp up efforts to pass a tax reform package. We should also get signs that a year-end spending deal is coming together. How things play out this week — both inside and outside the Beltway — will have implications for taxes, health care, and funding the government. For the complete preview, please click here.
Our colleagues at ML Strategies have provided their Health Care Weekly Preview for the week of October 23, 2017. The preview discusses the Alexander-Murray stabilization package introduced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), and, in particular, where the stabilization package falls among Congress’ other priorities such as DACA and border security and what we are likely to see next.
Last week, ML Strategies released an Advisory providing a comprehensive review of the Republican’s efforts this past year to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Advisory, published September 22, 2017, walks through the evolution of the Republican’s efforts beginning with the American Health Care Act and ending with an analysis of the Graham-Cassidy bill, which died in the Senate earlier this week. With the Republican’s commitment to get something called “repeal and replace” passed, we expect these efforts will continue. Understanding this evolution may provide insight on where we could be headed.
Our colleagues at ML Strategies have provided their Health Care Weekly Preview for the week of September 11, 2017. This week’s preview focuses on Congress’ efforts to stabilize the ACA marketplaces, as well as the proposal from Senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and Bill Cassidy (LA) to use block grants to fund Medicaid expansion and private insurance subsidies.
- How will the health care minibus provisions move?
- Will a market stabilization package come together?
- Will cost-sharing reductions (CSR) payments continue to be made or formally authorized?
- Will ACA “repeal and replace” be resurrected yet again?
This preview is a must read for those seeking to navigate the health care policy landscape in the remaining months of 2017.
Children in United States receive their health insurance from multiple sources: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, employer-sponsored insurance, or a qualified health plan on the Marketplace. This creates a fragmented system of coverage for children and families, particularly for low- and moderate-income families, who often have children and parents enrolled in across separate coverage sources.
With CHIP funding scheduled to expire on September 30, 2017, the future of children’s coverage will be up for debate again. Proposals have called for an extension of CHIP funding. However, as Katie Weider and Rodney Whitlock of ML Strategies discuss in their latest Health Affairs blog, it is time for us to stop talking about CHIP, and instead start talking about integrating the myriad of children’s coverage sources. That blog is available here.
As we gear up for a busy week in Washington, D.C., our colleagues at ML Strategies have provided a Health Care Weekly Preview. This week’s preview describes upcoming hearing on safety net health programs and prescription drug costs along with the progress of the American Health Care Act. Stay tuned for additional updates and analysis from ML Strategies.