The Word

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


5/18/2018: Status of efforts in the House and Senate to combat the opioid crisis…An overview of the Administration’s blueprint to lower drug prices…Update on states’ efforts to seek waivers for individual market and Medicaid programs.

5/10/2018: White House to unveil plan to reduce drug prices…HHS delay of 340B price ceiling rule…Significant increases in CY19 insurance premiums in early rate filings.

4/19/2018: Highlights from CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook for 2018-2028…An executive order to explore expanding work requirements and direct reevaluation of safety net programs…New Jersey’s new law to reinstate the individual mandate penalty and fund a reinsurance pool.

4/12/2018: An overview of the final 2019 MA rule to increase plan payments by 3.4%…More state flexibility in plan year 2019 ACA benefits and payment final rule…The White House’s consideration of rescission process to roll back omnibus spending.

3/29/2018: Health provisions in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package… The White House plan to combat opioid addiction… FDA’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding implementation of a product standard to lower nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels.

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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.


5/11/2018: The Trump administration’s drug pricing plan.

5/8/2018: The White House’s initial rescissions package.

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