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Debt Ceiling Timing
Both the Treasury Department and CBO estimate that the debt ceiling will likely be hit in early June. Congressional efforts will likely focus on this issue in May given the severe implications of breaching the debt ceiling.
Medicare Advantage overtakes Traditional Medicare
For the first time since January 2023, there were more Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage than Medicare. Overall KFF estimates that 30.19 million out of 59.82 million beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.
KFF has set up a wonderful tracker for Medicaid redeterminations/disenrollment. States have already begun releasing data on a number of members that have been redetermined/lost eligibility. Eventually, CMS will release data on this but in the meantime KFF has a 50-state tracker to eyeball.
The Supreme Court this week accepted a case, Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, that could have significant implications for health care policy. At the heart of the case is something called Chevron deference. Chevron deference gives administrative agencies authority to interpret Congressional legislation. Without Chevron deference many CMS regulations could potentially be overturned.
The FDA approved Arexvy, a single shot vaccine that protects against RSV. The vaccine was approved for those 60 and older. An estimated 160,000 adults 65 and older are hospitalized each year from RSV. This is the first RSV vaccine that has been approved. Additional RSV vaccines, including those designed to protect newborns, are expected to be approved this year.
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