Tag: HHS

Health Policy News – May 2019

Introduction This month, we are launching a new series of articles about alternative approaches to healthcare delivery—with a focus in this edition on approaches targeting social determinants of health, specifically nutrition, via health coverage. Stay tuned for an upcoming white paper that will include a review of Accountable Care models in a number of states, ...

New Guidance on Association Health Plans

The standards for Association Health Plans (AHPs) continue to be in flux at the Federal level following the Federal District Court ruling at the end of March that invalidated major portions of last summer’s final Federal rule on AHPs. Since the final rule was already in effect for fully insured AHPs and existing self-insured AHPs, ...

Health Policy News – February 2019

Introduction While 2019 started slowly under the Federal shutdown, its pace of action has significantly quickened. We bring you a range of health policy updates in this edition of Health Policy News. With the comment period closed for the annual Exchange guidance, states await final guidance for 2020 related to the certification and oversight of ...

2019 Brings Progress on Prescription Drug Cost Control Efforts at State and Federal Level

As states and the federal government grapple with how best to address the issue of rising prescription drug costs, various models have emerged at the federal level that are similar to efforts underway at the State level. The Administration has called upon states to create innovative approaches to state Medicaid programs, particularly by examining value-based ...

Department of Transportation to Establish Committee to Study Air Ambulance Billing Practices

Concern about out-of-pocket costs associated with air ambulance transport has been growing for some time. Groups such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) have advocated for state flexibility to regulate the billing practices of the industry. A small but meaningful step forward came last fall with the passage of a legislative requirement that ...

Health Policy News October Edition

 Introduction This month’s edition of Health Policy News focuses on recent developments relative to drug policy, which has been an ever-growing focus at the State and Federal level. We continue our coverage of efforts relative to drug cost control with short summaries of recent decisions on Section 1115 Waivers submitted by Massachusetts and Oklahoma, and ...

Bipartisan Bill to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic Signed into Law

The Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (“SUPPORT Act”) was signed into law by the President on October 24, 2018, after passing the House and Senate with bipartisan support. A press release issued by the Senate explained that the Act aims to target the opioid epidemic ...

President Signs Bipartisan Budget Act

On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.  The new law reauthorizes federal funding for many health programs, modifies scheduled reductions in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) allotments to states, tightens third party liability (TPL) billing requirements, and updates requirements affecting Medicare Advantage plans, accountable care organizations (ACOs), ...

Federal departments put out proposed rule to expand access to short-term health plans that are not ACA-compliant

On February 20, 2018, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly promulgated a proposed rule on Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance (STLDI) plans. The proposed regulatory changes seek to carry out the directions given in Executive Order 13813, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition ...

House passes 21st Century Cures bill

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended “21st Century Cures” bill by a 392-26 vote.  The bill covers a diverse range of topics, such as: medical research, development of drugs and medical devices, interoperability of electronic health record systems, and mental health/substance use disorder (MH/SUD) programs. MH/SUD provisions in the ...