The Word

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


12/6/2019: Where things stand on unpopular ACA taxes…Stakeholder resistance to drug importation plan…Preview of Hahn’s FDA agenda.

11/22/2019: Providers’ reactions to new transparency rules…W&M’s RFI on rural health…New outlook for Medicaid expansion in KY, LA, and VA.

11/15/2019: 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.

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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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