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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Why Is It So Difficult To Control Drug Prices?

In this episode of “What the Health?” Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Karlin-Smith of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News discuss the recent extension of cost-sharing subsidies for millions of low-income beneficiaries on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces and the state of play on Capitol Hill and in the states concerning initiatives to lower prescription drug costs.

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Large Mass. Health Care System Drops Out Of Networks Being Planned For Medicaid

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UMass Memorial Health Care said it will continue to care for MassHealth patients but it won’t join in the accountable care organizations being formed as the state revamps Medicaid. Meanwhile, a California health care system is moving some of its Medicaid patients to clinics instead, and Utah formally submits a request to the federal government for a limited Medicaid expansion for some homeless people.

Congressional Clock Is Ticking On Efforts To Shore Up Obamacare Insurance Markets

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Though some senators say they are cautiously optimistic, it is not yet clear if lawmakers will be able to reach agreement before a self-imposed mid-September deadline. Meanwhile, the outcome of the trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) could have a serious impact on the Senate’s balance of power and the outcome of major legislative battles, such as efforts to either repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or to fix it. News outlets also report on specific health policy positions of various senators and KHN’s weekly “What The Health?” podcast reports on all the Capitol Hill health-policy goings on.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Why Is It So Difficult To Control Drug Prices?

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Karlin-Smith of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News discuss the recent extension of cost-sharing subsidies for millions of low-income beneficiaries on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces and the state of play on Capitol Hill and in the states concerning initiatives to lower prescription drug costs.

Questions About Congressional Rules Could Complicate Further Repeal Efforts

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Politico Pro reports that the Senate parliamentarian is looking into whether Republicans can continue to debate the replacement of the federal health law using fast-track procedures set up under the 2017 budget after the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. In other news, Sen. Johnny Isakson talks about health issues and a look at how women view the health care debate.

Three N.H. Insurers Confirm Their Intent To Stay In The Obamacare Exchange

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The companies — Anthem, Harvard Pilgrim and Ambetter by NH Healthy Families — will offer plans on the health exchange for 2018. But the continuing uncertainty regarding federal health law action led regulators in nearby Massachusetts to delay the approval of individual and small business insurance rates that are set to take effect Jan. 1. News outlets also report on rate hikes and turmoil in Iowa and Georgia.

After Hemming And Hawing, White House Says It Will Make August Payments To Insurers

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These payments, known as cost-sharing reductions, are paid to health plans to offset the costs of providing coverage to low-income consumers. The decision, which drew criticism from some congressional conservatives, signals, for now, that the administration has decided against triggering a collapse of the health law’s individual market. This step could create a window of time and opportunity for Congress to pass some fixes to stabilize the markets.

Nevada’s Insurance ‘Bare Market’ Now Appears Covered

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The health insurer Centene Corp. decided to expand its reach in Nevada, offering health plans in rural counties that were at risk of having no options next year. The step is viewed as a victory for Obamacare supporters.

White House Tries To Push Congress To Try Again On Obamacare Repeal

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One key Trump administration target is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), but the president is also keeping up his attacks on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose no vote last month was pivotal to preventing Senate passage of any legislation to undo the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is meeting with White House officials on his repeal-and-replace plan.