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.

  • May 23, 2016 Issue
Oklahoma Considering Medicaid Expansion

Oklahoma legislators are racing against the clock in an effort to agree on a budget that could expand Medicaid and spare medical providers from severe payment cuts.

Uninsured Rate Shows Historic Drop, CDC Study Finds

The nation's uninsured rate fell below 10 percent for the first time in history last year, according to survey results published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Medicaid Plans Succeed in Obamacare Exchange as Others Struggle

Smaller insurers with experience in Medicaid, such as Centene Corp. and Molina Healthcare, are outperforming the broader insurance industry on the federal health exchanges. Their success is putting a spotlight on their business model as the Obama administration and other insurers seek to stabilize the fledgling individual market.

New Mental Health Draft Scales Back Controversial Provisions

Under pressure from House Republican leaders to move mental health legislation, Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan is circulating a revised draft that would remove several contentious provisions in an effort to gain bipartisan support.

Medicare May Soften Impact of Doctor Pay Rule on Small Practices

Medicare intends to help doctors in solo or small practices adapt to the complex demands of a new system that will raise or lower their reimbursements, a federal official said.

Insurer Highlights Six-Fold Rise in Spending On Hepatitis Drugs

Hepatitis drug spending grew by more than 600 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Overall, the plans associated with the group experienced a 26 percent jump in spending on specialty drugs over those two years.

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