Washington Health Policy Week in Review Archive

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

  • June 27, 2016 Issue
California Opens Door to Health Insurance for Undocumented Immigrants

California became the first state to allow undocumented immigrants to buy insurance on a state health insurance exchange website under a bill Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed this month.

Ryan, Leaders Tout Health Plan to Mixed Reaction from Conservatives

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and other top House Republicans recently portrayed their new alternative to the Affordable Care Act as a consensus plan, even as some conservatives and outside groups hesitated to embrace it.

Senate Democrats Urge Justice to Block Health Care Mergers

Democrats in the Senate urged the Justice Department for the first time to block Anthem Inc.'s acquisition of Cigna Corp. and Aetna's proposed purchase of Humana Inc. over concern the combination of health insurers would raise premiums and hurt competition.

Senators Want to Stop Unfair Roadblocks for Generic Drugs

Lawmakers want to make it harder for brand-name pharmaceutical companies to use safety concerns as an excuse to block competition from generic drugmakers. But even a bipartisan effort in the Senate Judiciary Committee could face major obstacles.

Puerto Rico Medicaid Struggles Under Block Grant

As Republican lawmakers consider funding the Medicaid program through a capped grant allotment doled out to states, Puerto Rico is struggling to keep its program afloat under the same parameters.

Medicaid Health Homes Still a Work in Progress

Health homes for Medicaid beneficiaries could save money, but not all states are sold on implementing them the way the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants.

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