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April 22, 2020 | Daily News

HHS’ program to reimburse providers for the treatment and testing of uninsured patients with COVID-19 is moving forward, as the Health Resources and Services Administration released initial guidance, a timeline and eligibility instructions.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate passed by voice vote an emergency spending package totaling $484 billion, including $75 billion for providers on Tuesday (April 21).

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate is poised to vote on a $475 billion coronavirus relief package Tuesday afternoon that includes $75 billion for providers as well as funding to replenish a program that helps employees of small businesses.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

Congress hopes to pass a bill this week replenishing funds from the CARES Act, including providing $75 billion in funding for hospitals and health systems and refunding the Paycheck Protection Program.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

CMS late Sunday (April 19) said it will require nursing homes to report suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as notify families and patients -- a move nursing homes applauded even as they continue to call for more personal protective equipment.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

A large bipartisan group of senators is asking HHS to make sure that health workers caring for millions of elderly Americans residing in assisted living centers and communities receive CARES Act funding.

April 17, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic senators on Friday (April 17) urged congressional leaders to expand coverage for all eligible individuals during the ongoing pandemic and recovery process as part of the next stimulus package.

April 17, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on Friday (April 17) asked FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn whether he was pressured by the White House on the agency’s COVID-19 response, specifically FDA’s emergency use authorization (EUA) for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat COVID-19, and asked Hahn to commit to base FDA’s decisions on science alone.

April 17, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) is in the early stages of drafting a bill to establish an antimicrobial subscription model to encourage the development of innovative antimicrobial drugs.

April 17, 2020 | Daily News

Nearly three out of four commercially insured patients get hit with surprise bills after being transported by air and ground ambulances, and states have little ability to regulate emergency medical transport, a new study in Health Affairs found.

April 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC), which represents employers, unions and other health care stakeholders, is urging congressional leaders to include subsidies for COBRA plans in the next stimulus package, although the group stops short of asking for the 100% premium support included in House Democrats' bill introduced on Tuesday.

April 16, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Finance Democrats, led by ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR), are pushing CMS to be transparent in how it doles out the rest of the $100 billion set aside for providers in the CARES Act.

April 16, 2020 | Daily News

The nation’s doctors are lobbying Congress to include expansive new bailouts for physician practices in a phase-four coronavirus relief package, including boosting Medicare and Medicaid payments, changing the terms of the recent Medicare cash advances to make them more generous, and establishing a Sept. 11-style rescue fund to help physicians stay in business.

April 14, 2020 | Daily News

As Congress prepares a fourth coronavirus stimulus package, providers and hospitals are asking for the initial $100 billion relief fund from the previous package to be replenished with another $100 billion in funding.

April 14, 2020 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates, hospitals, and governors want to see more funding, expanded telehealth authorities and a focus on health disparities in a fourth coronavirus stimulus package Congress is crafting.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

Key health insurance industry lobbies sent congressional leaders a list of legislative proposals they say are needed to stabilize the entire health insurance market in the face of the ongoing public health crisis, including reforms to bolster the Medicare, Medicaid and employer-sponsored markets, as well as individual and small group plans.

April 08, 2020 | Daily News

Hospitals and HHS are at odds on how to spend a $100 billion fund authorized for health care providers by the third coronavirus stimulus package, coming as House Democrats push for another $100 billion for hospitals and other health systems in a fourth stimulus package.

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) issued an executive order preventing surprise medical bills for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

March 31, 2020 | Daily News

Republican authors of bipartisan surprise billing legislation say passing their bill as a part of the next stimulus package should be a top priority.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai on Monday (March 30) proposed using $200 million allocated by Congress for a grant program for hospitals and health system providers aiming to use telehealth in their COVID-19 response.

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