Policy

CMS has proposed expanding supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage plans to include any benefit that “improves or maintains health,” particularly for the chronically ill population, the agency announced Jan. 30. MA plans will be able to more freely offer benefits such as meals and home modifications to better serve members with certain conditions.

Mandating pharmaceutical companies to disclose drug prices as part of Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising (DTCPA) may reduce consumer interest in high-priced drugs. But the inclusion of modifiers indicating consumers will have zero out-of-pocket costs weakened the finding, according to the results of a behavioral experiment published in JAMA Internal Medicine. 

The U.S. government shutdown, which is now the longest-running in history, could potentially harm consumers and undermine the stability of the Affordable Care Act healthcare insurance market, The Wall Street Journal reported.

As progressive Democrats increasingly push for universal healthcare, known as Medicare for all, support for such a plan is mixed when it comes to paying for it, according to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

More industry groups are pushing back against an upcoming deadline for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to apply to the updated Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Medicare payments in 2019 aren’t likely to cover the cost of delivering care for two-thirds of medical practices, according to a survey from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Many Americans with disabilities and pre-existing conditions are concerned about their future if a ruling that overturns the Affordable Care Act remains in place.

Climate change impacts, from more harmful pollution to wildfire injuries, are negatively influencing human life. But doctors can help, according to two physicians who wrote a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Arizona is the latest state to have approval for a Medicaid work requirement program—joining seven other states with approved programs.

CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has announced a new model that aims to lower prescription drug prices in Medicare Part D and introduced several updates to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.

The Trump administration’s CMS has proposed a number of changes to the 2020 coverage year, including making changes to the individual health insurance exchange and qualified health plan provisions.

The longest partial government shutdown in history has paused paychecks for roughly 800,000 workers and stalled the appeal process of a ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.