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✦ Federal Medicaid officials this week issued letters to Arkansas and New Hampshire informing them of the Biden administration’s formal revocation of their “community engagement” waivers. The Supreme Court on March 29 was planning to hear oral arguments related to the Trump administration’s approval of Medicaid work requirements in both states, but earlier this month removed the hearing from its docket, suggesting that previous rulings striking down work requirements could stand. View the Arkansas letter at https://bit.ly/30XShsh.

✦ The Biden administration has canceled two changes to the Part D Payment Modernization Model for 2022. One would have extended new formulary flexibilities to participating Part D plans, including in the so-called protected drug classes, in 2022. The other would have removed downside risk from the model. View a notice on the model changes at https://bit.ly/3c35Mxj.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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