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May 27, 2020 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday held a hearing looking at ways to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, as one hospital group and a beneficiary advocacy organization called on Congress to focus on improving access to health insurance, particularly Medicaid, to address the issue.

May 26, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration unveiled a national strategic COVID-19 testing plan, as required by CARES Act, on Sunday (May 24), which Democrats were quick to criticize as putting too much responsibility on states to expand testing.

May 22, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Friday (May 22) announced it would be distributing $4.9 billion from the provider relief fund to skilled nursing facilities as nursing homes continue to call for more funding to test residents.

May 20, 2020 | Daily News

A federal appeals court on Wednesday (May 20) upheld a lower-court ruling that invalidated New Hampshire’s plan to add work requirements to its Medicaid program -- a development that was expected based on an earlier appellate ruling against work requirements in Arkansas.

May 18, 2020 | Daily News

A federal judge in New York is mulling whether to temporarily halt the Trump administration’s so-called public charge rule in light of evidence that the rule is deterring immigrants from seeking medical care during the coronavirus crisis.

May 18, 2020 | Daily News

The lobby representing community health plans says that Congress, in addition to increasing federal matching funds for Medicaid, should authorize a Medicaid “stabilization fund” that could be distributed to states based on need.

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

The House passed the Democrat-backed Heroes Act on Friday (May 15), despite opposition from the Republicans and little chance of passage in the Senate.

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Democrats’ new coronavirus relief legislation would allow New York to receive enhanced federal Medicaid funds even as it reduces its state Medicaid spending by billions of dollars -- an option not available to any other state.

May 14, 2020 | Daily News

A handful of Democrats unveiled a health data privacy bill Thursday (May 14), after Senate Republicans released their own data privacy bill and amid concerns about data collected for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

The new COVID-19 relief package unveiled by House Democrats on Tuesday (May 12) would further boost federal matching funds for state Medicaid programs, temporarily increase payments to safety-net hospitals and bar CMS from finalizing tough new restrictions on Medicaid supplemental pay during the public health emergency.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

A sweeping proposal by House Democrats unveiled Tuesday (May 12) would provide funding to states to expand testing and again replenish the provider relief fund, although Republicans have made it clear the bill won’t go far.

May 11, 2020 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) called on CMS to slow down allowing hospitals and health systems to reopen for non-emergency services until facilities meet certain requirements.

May 11, 2020 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) called on CMS to slow down allowing hospitals and health systems to reopen for non-emergency services until facilities meet certain requirements.

May 08, 2020 | Daily News

Two federal appellate judges on Friday (May 8) expressed reluctance to second-guess the Trump administration’s restrictive public charge rule, which penalizes legal immigrants who rely on Medicaid or other supplemental benefits.

May 08, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Thursday (May 7) distributed $583 million to over a thousand community health centers to bolster COVID-19 testing.

May 08, 2020 | Daily News

America’s Essential Hospitals are pressing CMS to reopen comments on the controversial Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation, saying COVID-19's effects on Medicaid must considered before CMS makes changes to supplemental payments.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

HHS earlier this month began disbursing the latest round of provider funding to rural providers and hospitals hardest hit by COVID-19, which the rural hospital lobby applauded as immediate relief but now hopes Congress will focus on long-term aid.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Wednesday (May 6) that Democrats are looking to include a $500 billion paycheck guarantee as part of the next coronavirus response bill, which could lower the costs for COBRA subsidies that lawmakers are also considering for the package.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump on Wednesday squashed speculation that the Department of Justice might alter its position in the high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act, affirming the administration will be “staying with Texas” in calling for the ACA to be scrapped, one day after CNN reported that U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr lobbied the White House to change its approach.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Wednesday (May 6) that Democratic priorities for the next coronavirus stimulus package include funding for states and territories, as well as expanded testing and contact tracing.

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