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The Medliminal Washington Report 3.26.18

March 26, 2018

Congress passed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, avoiding the third government shutdown since January or a sixth stopgap spending bill in the fiscal year that started on October 1, before leaving Washington for a two week congressional recess. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration released a report suggesting that insurers have profited from the Affordable Care

The Medliminal Washington Report 3.19.18

March 19, 2018

Congress begins this week with only five days to finalize a $1.3 trillion spending bill, or risk the third government shutdown since January or a sixth stopgap spending bill in this fiscal year alone. Standing in the way is a number of contentious issues, most notably health insurance market stabilization. Looming over the budget debates

The Medliminal Washington Report 3.12.18

March 12, 2018

This week, Congress returns to Washington with 11 days to finalize a government spending bill. Standing in the way are a number of contentious health care issues, most notably insurance market stabilization. Meanwhile, the administration weighed in on Idaho’s plan to skirt some of ACA requirements, and announced plans to overhaul electronic health record incentives.

The Medliminal Washington Report 3.5.18

March 5, 2018

Congress reconvened last week after the President’s Day recess, and the House and Senate began a series of hearings focusing on bipartisan efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, a coalition of six senators launched a price transparency initiative and the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider the impacts of the proposed CVS-Aetna

The Medliminal Washington Report 2.23.18

February 23, 2018

On Tuesday, the U.S Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury released a proposed rule that would expand the availability of short-term health insurance by allowing the purchase of plans providing coverage for up to 12 months. This follows an executive order President Trump signed in October, which instructed federal agencies to

White House Releases FY 2019 Federal Budget with Significant Health Care Proposals

February 12, 2018

  On February 12, President Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion federal budget for Fiscal Year 2019, a plan Congress is expected to all but ignore, that would slash entitlement and domestic spending in favor of higher spending on the military and immigration enforcement.   The budget includes a 13 percent increase ($80 billion) for the Department of