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CMS issues final 2019 Payment Notice Rule to increase access to affordable health plans for Americans suffering from high Obamacare premiums

April
09

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019. The final rule will mitigate the harmful impacts of Obamacare and empower states to regulate their insurance market. The rule will do this by advancing the Administration’s goals to increase state flexibility, improve affordability, strengthen program integrity, empower consumers, promote stability, and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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CMS’ final report shows 11.8 million consumers enroll in 2018 Exchange coverage nationwide

April
03

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released the Final Enrollment Report for the 2018 Health Insurance Exchanges showing approximately 11.8 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in an Exchange plan in the 50 states, plus DC. This includes 8.7 million consumers in the 39 states using Healthcare.gov and 3 million consumers in State-based Exchanges. Compared to prior years, this year’s open enrollment was the agency’s most cost effective and successful experience for HealthCare.

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CMS lowers the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries

April
02

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized polices for Medicare health and drug plans for 2019 that will save Medicare beneficiaries money on prescription drugs while offering additional plan choices. 

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CMS Proposes Regulation to Alleviate State Burden

March
22

Today, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would provide state flexibility from certain regulatory access to care requirements within the Medicaid program. Specifically, the NPRM would exempt states from requirements to analyze certain data and monitor access when the vast majority of their covered lives receive services through managed care plans. CMS regulations separately provide for access requirements in managed care programs.

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CMS finalizes coverage of Next Generation Sequencing tests, ensuring enhanced access for cancer patients

March
16

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took action to advance innovative personalized medicine for Medicare patients with cancer. CMS finalized a National Coverage Determination that covers diagnostic laboratory tests using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for patients with advanced cancer (i.e., recurrent, metastatic, relapsed, refractory, or stages III or IV cancer). CMS believes when these tests are used as a companion diagnostic to identify patients with certain genetic mutations that may benefit from U.

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