The Word

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


7/2/2020: ACA in focus amid COVID-19 pandemic…CMS proposal to permanently expand home health telehealth…Pending mental health legislation in the House.

6/26/2020: Lawmakers’ calls for transparency with Provider Relief Fund…Liability concerns for nursing homes with COVID-19 cases…Hospitals’ push for CMS to resume Advance Payment Program.

6/19/2020: Status of HHS Provider Relief Fund distributions…Calls for coronavirus liability protections in next relief bill…MedPAC’s calls to hasten transition to value-based payment.

6/12/2020: Senate Finance Committee’s hearing on unemployment insurance during COVID-19…Upcoming referendums in Oklahoma, Missouri on Medicaid expansion…The complicated summer 2020 calendar for Congress.

6/5/2020: The Administration’s new proposal to ban surprise medical bills…Newly announces changes to CMMI models due to COVID-19…Insurers’ waivers on out-of-pocket costs for virus-related treatments.

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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.


5/27/2020: This Need to Know provides an overview of the temporary provisions of the four coronavirus relief bills enacted this far as well as their respective expiration dates.

4/28/2020: This week’s Need to Know provides an overview of how COVID-19 has changed Congress so far, what changes may lie ahead, and barriers to such changes.

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