The HHS walked back the request to fund the Affordable Care Act's risk-corridor program after health insurers suing for those payments said the budget item strengthened their cases.
More states have started questioning Aetna's prior-authorization practices in the wake of a former Aetna medical director's admission that he never reviewed patient medical records when deciding whether to pay for treatment.
A federal judge blocked the proposed $54 billion tie-up between national insurers Anthem and Cigna late Wednesday, saying the combination would harm competition in the national employer market.
New York and Minnesota are suing HHS over its sudden decision to end federal funding for health programs in their states that cover low-income individuals who aren't eligible for Medicaid.
Health benefit managers have called on the CMS to continue a little-known Affordable Care Act provision that allows employers to offer limited, supplemental coverage for individual market plans.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar refuses to take a stance on Idaho's move to get around ACA coverage rules, setting up a potential conflict with congressional Democrats.