Family Voices Washington DC Update: November 8, 2017
In the second week of Open Enrollment, a record number of people are signing up for health care plans. The House last week passed a bill to extend CHIP for five more years and extend and amend the Family-to-Family Health Information Center program, although the bill used "offsets" for its cost that would hurt other programs for children and others. A House committee is considering an extensive tax bill which, among other things, would repeal the deduction for medical expenses. The administration issued several new policy directives to make it easier for states to get waivers from Medicaid laws and regulations in order to apply work requirements, for example, and in order to address the opioid epidemic.
Read about these developments and more here.