Washington Health Policy Week in Review

Washington Health Policy Week in Review is a weekly newsletter that offers selected stories from the daily newsletter CQ HealthBeat.

Administration Eyes Concessions on Medicaid Regs, Hill Sources Say

On the heels of House passage of a measure that would suspend seven cost-cutting Medicaid regulations until next year, the Bush administration is mulling a strategy that would accept a limited moratorium on two of them, Capitol Hill sources say.

Bill to Block Medicaid Regulations Readied for Senate Action

A House-passed bill to block seven Bush administration Medicaid regulations has been fast-tracked for Senate floor action, but supporters will have to deal with mounting GOP opposition to the bill.

Change Health Care Fundamentally, Experts Say

The health care delivery system needs sweeping changes to improve its quality and efficiency, experts polled in a Commonwealth Fund survey said.

Presidential Candidates' Health Care Advisors Face Off on Plans' Cost, Coverage

Which comes first, cost or coverage? Health care advisors representing the Clinton, McCain, and Obama campaigns all offered different approaches at a recent National Federation of Independent Business forum.

Special Needs Plans Push to Get Moratorium Lifted

Facing criticism that they have not yet proven their worth in the Medicare prescription drug program, sponsors of so-called special needs plans said they are willing to give Congress more data to show how they provide additional services to beneficiaries with severe chronic medical conditions.

Study: Premiums Increased in the Individual Market, Older Policyholders Pay More

The average premium for individual health insurance increased by 17.8 percent between 2002 and 2005, according to a recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.