The Daily Scan

April 24, 2018

Last Updated: 10:00 AM EST

Medicaid

  • The state of Maine voted last fall to expand their Medicaid program offering Obamacare coverage to benefit an estimated low-income 80,000 citizens, but Governor Paul LePage won’t give the expansion his stamp of approval. (Politico.com)

 

  • The state of Texas is making changes to its Medicaid program to ensure that coverage will extend to U.S. born children of immigrants, regardless of their parents’ income. (HHS.Texas.gov)

 

Medicare

  • Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), with sponsorship from 11 other democrats has introduced the Choose Medicare Act. This bill could be implemented as Medicare Part E, a combination of existing Parts A & B, for the plan year of 2019. It would be a Medicare plan for all ages, allowing beneficiaries to opt-in before age 65, as well as offered in every state and federal health exchanges. (HeathPayerIntelligence.com)

 

  • CMS announced Monday that as a result of the New Direction RFI released in late 2017, they have begun work on developing a model for direct provider contracting. This new model would allow providers to bill beneficiaries for charges that exceed what Medicare will cover. (CMS.gov)

Private Sector 

  • New hacker group labeled as “Orangeworm” has been installing malware and other cyber backdoors in large international corporations based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, all of which are in the health sector. Among the victims are health-care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and manufacturers. (TheHill.com)

 

  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta wrote an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, released early Tuesday morning via CNN, imploring the Attorney General to make changes to federal policy regarding marijuana so that it can become more accessible to combat the national opioid epidemic. After five years of investigative research into the benefits of medical marijuana, Dr. Gupta estimates that 10,000 American lives can be saved every year from opioid overdose with the help of medical marijuana. (CNN.com)

 

  • The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Cigna and Express Scripts to submit additional information as the $52 billion takeover of Express Scripts by Cigna is investigated. (Reuters.com)

 

 

 

 

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