The Word

The Word is our weekly newsletter highlighting key health policy developments on the Hill and within the agencies.


11/18/2019: Newly proposed CMS rule to address misuse of Medicaid supplemental payments…Status of drug pricing legislation…Overview of rulemaking and RFIs pending review at OMB.

11/1/2019: The latest on Texas v. Azar…Highlights from the Republican Study Committee’s new health care plan…CMMI’s requests for application for the Primary Care First and Kidney Care models.

10/25/2019: Status of the FY 2020 appropriations process…Pending action on health care legislation this year…Highlights from Kaiser Family Foundation’s annual report on Medicaid.

10/18/2019: Highlights from CBO’s report on the Lower Drug Costs Now Act…New executive orders on guidance documents…Suspension of public charge rule’s implementation.

9/27/2019: CMS’ final rules on discharge planning, burden reduction…Grassley’s quest for GOP support of bipartisan drug pricing bill.

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Need to Know

Need to Know is our high-level memo providing “need to know” background and insights on the latest policy and political issues in Washington.


11/8/2019: Overview of negotiations on FY 2020 spending and the hurdles facing congressional appropriators as they work to avert a shutdown.

10/11/2019: Summaries of key provisions of the Trump Administration’s executive order on Medicare, which was signed on October 3rd.

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