The Word

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


1/11/2019: Status update on the partial government shutdown…overview of the new rules package for the 11th Congress…summary of PAHPA, Medicaid extenders.

12/20/2018: What the district court ruling in Texas means for the ACA…Recommendations for implementing Medicaid DSH cuts…The farm bill’s health care provisions.

12/14/2018: Overview of five Medicaid bills passed in the House on December 11…How the IMPROVE Act would penalize companies that misclassify drugs…The bipartisan maternity health bill headed to the White House.

12/7/2018: The Administration’s new Section 1332 waiver concepts for states…New recommendations on increasing competition and choice in health care…The collapse of bipartisan budget reform efforts.

11/30/2018: An overview of CMS’ proposed rule on Medicare Advantage and Part D drug pricing…Azar’s remarks on hospitals potentially using Medicaid dollars to pay for housing…An update on the CREATES Act.

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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.


11/9/2018: An overview of what to expect from Congress in 2019.

11/7/2018: A recap of results from the 2018 midterm election and charts highlighting new Democratic and Republican members of Congress plus outstanding races.

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