Apr 3, 2017

HHS is still working on an Obamacare markets rule

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This bit of intel comes from Inside Health Policy: the Department of Health and Human Services sent the final version of a "market stabilization" rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review on Friday. That means it could release the regulation soon.

What to watch: The proposed version it released in February ducked a lot of larger fights, but it will be interesting to see if HHS responded to any of the criticisms it got, especially on the possible change in how insurers can calculate the amount of coverage they have to provide. Liberal groups say that could shift costs to patients.

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Sanders requests recount of Iowa recanvass after results show shrunken margin

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night he will request a recount of the Iowa Democratic Party's recanvass results.

Where it stands: Both Buttigieg and Sanders requested partial recanvasses in Iowa last week after results were delayed and showed several errors following a software malfunction on caucus night.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."