Category: Federal


Trump Signs Executive Order Directing Overhaul of ACA Regulations, Announces End of CSR Payments

On Thursday this week, President Donald Trump took two decisive actions related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which are likely to send health insurance marketplaces into turmoil. Earlier in the day, President Trump signed an executive order directing key agencies to issue new regulations and guidance related to provisions of the ACA. Later, the…

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CDC Announces Public Health Crisis Response Cooperative Agreement Opportunity

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced a cooperative agreement opportunity to establish a roster of public health departments that would be pre-identified and pre-approved for rapid funding by CDC for public health emergencies of such magnitude, complexity, or significance that it would have an overwhelming impact upon, and exceed resources…

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Threats to Affordable Care Act Continue

Despite failing to legislatively repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last month, Congressional Republicans and Trump Administration officials are expected to continue attempts to undermine the ACA through what’s being characterized as a “synthetic repeal” through a series of administrative and budgetary actions. It is rumored that President Trump may soon sign an…

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Senate, House Committees Pass CHIP Reauthorization Measures

This week, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced measures to reauthorize and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Recall earlier this week, Congress allowed CHIP funding to lapse. The Senate Finance Committee quickly advanced a bipartisan measure which would extend CHIP funding for five years and provide additional…

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HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns

This afternoon, U.S. Health and Human Secretary Tom Price, offered his resignation to President Trump.  The President is expected to designate Don J. Wright, the current Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and the Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the Department of Health and Human Services, as Acting Secretary.

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CDC Launches Prescription Opioid Epidemic Awareness Campaign

This week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a powerful awareness campaign featuring real-life accounts of people recovering from opioid use disorder and people who have lost loved ones to prescription opioid overdose. The campaign aims to increase awareness and knowledge about the risk of prescription opioids and stop inappropriate use….

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U.S. Senate Abandons Graham-Cassidy Proposal

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans announced they would not hold a vote on the last-ditch Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Over the weekend and early this week, a handful of senators continued to express uncertainty and opposition to the proposal, including Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), John…

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DHCS Releases Analysis of Graham-Cassidy Proposal

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in collaboration with Covered California and the Department of Finance (DOF), released a preliminary analysis on the potential impact the Graham-Cassidy proposal would have on California. The analysis notes similar programmatic and fiscal concerns with previous Republican health care proposals, but notes the Graham-Cassidy proposal “is the…

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