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April 09, 2021 | Daily News

The House Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Friday (April 9) floated its priorities for the next legislative package, which include lowering Medicare’s eligibility age and expanding the program’s benefits, and paying for the reforms with savings from policies it advocates to cut drug costs.

April 09, 2021 | Daily News

State Medicaid officials told the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Friday (April 9) that while telehealth has been crucial throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, refinements are needed before telehealth can be made permanent.

April 09, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary budget preview, released Friday (April 9), builds off health priorities in the recently enacted American Rescue Plan and proposed American Jobs Plan by calling for additional funding for home- and community-based services, tackling the opioid crisis, rural health and more.

April 08, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee will hold confirmation hearings for CMS Administrator-nominee Chiquita Brooks-LaSure and Deputy HHS Secretary-nominee Andrea Palm on April 15, months after the Biden White House announced the appointments and as Democrats gear up for a potentially major health care overhaul.

April 07, 2021 | Daily News

The Department of Labor on Wednesday (April 7) affirmed that unemployed workers can enroll in exchange plans once the American Rescue Plan’s temporary full federal subsidies for those on COBRA end in September.

April 07, 2021 | Daily News

The Department of Labor on Wednesday (April 7) affirmed that unemployed workers can enroll in exchange plans once the American Rescue Plan’s temporary full federal subsidies for those on COBRA end in September.

April 07, 2021 | Daily News

CMS proposes to increase inpatient rehabilitation facilities' fiscal year 2022 pay by 1.8%, or $160 million, relative to last year's payments, and to advance the Biden administration’s focus on health equity.

April 07, 2021 | Daily News

CMS tells Inside Health Policy it is actively considering Democratic leaders’ request for a special enrollment period (SEP) that would allow people getting fully subsidized COBRA under the American Rescue Plan to enroll in ACA coverage through healthcare.gov once their benefits wind down in September.

April 07, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Wednesday (April 7) said more than 528,000 Americans have enrolled in Affordable Care Act coverage in the 36 states that use healthcare.gov since the new special enrollment period (SEP) kicked off Feb. 15, including 322,000 from March 1 through March 31.

April 07, 2021 | Daily News

Shortly after the Supreme Court put its work case requirements case on hold, the Biden administration revoked another two states’ Medicaid work requirement waivers Tuesday (April 6), bringing the total to four states for which CMS has rescinded the Trump-era 1115 waivers.

April 06, 2021 | Daily News

The Democratic leaders of congressional health care committees are asking HHS to make sure consumers that receive the six months of fully subsidized COBRA coverage available under the American Rescue Plan can enroll in an Affordable Care Act plan once the COBRA benefits end.

April 06, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra faces a barrage of competing issues arising out of the pandemic, but children’s health care advocates’ priorities center around one central idea: thinking about kids first.

April 06, 2021 | Daily News

The White House is expected to roll out the health care priorities for its two-part infrastructure package sometime this Spring, and the health piece potentially could move separately now that the Senate parliamentarian has agreed Democrats have another shot passing their priorities through a simple majority.

April 05, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate parliamentarian on Monday agreed that Democrats have at least one more shot at passing legislation via a simple majority this calendar year by revising the 2021 budget resolution.

April 05, 2021 | Daily News

The Supreme Court temporarily suspended its review, pending another order to come, of the Medicaid work requirements that former President Donald Trump’s CMS approved for Arkansas and New Hampshire, the high court announced Monday (April 5).

April 05, 2021 | Daily News

Sources say the Biden administration is looking at the regulatory process to fix the so-called “family glitch” that has blocked millions of dependents from accessing Affordable Care Act credits, a move pushed by beneficiary advocates, hospitals and other stakeholders.

April 01, 2021 | Daily News

Seven insurance commissioners running state-level reinsurance programs under 1332 waivers are asking CMS and Treasury to recalculate their federal pass-through dollars to account for the larger enrollment expected due the more generous Affordable Care Act credits in the American Rescue Plan.

March 31, 2021 | Daily News

The White House plans to unveil the health care elements of its legislative package in the next couple weeks, leaving stakeholders both looking for hints on what might be included and lobbying to get their priorities added to the potentially massive package that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said could be a “kitchen sink” of policies.

March 31, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan would make the Money Follows the Person program permanent to expand access to home- and community-based care, an administration official told Inside Health Policy Wednesday (March 31) morning.

March 30, 2021 | Daily News

A bicameral group of Democrats reinserted another version of the public option into the mix, reintroducing a bill that would require HHS to create a public option to complete on the individual market.

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