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Medicaid

November 20, 2019 | Daily News

The House and the Senate are negotiating how to handle federal funding for Medicaid programs in U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, with the Senate pushing for two years of funding with an increased federal match rate after the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed a bill offering four years of funding, according to Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL).

November 19, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday (Nov. 19) that would create new maternal health programs focused on quality measures, rural areas, and tackling racial and ethnic disparities.

November 19, 2019 | Daily News

The House voted Tuesday (Nov. 19) to fund the government through Dec. 20 with a package that includes so-called heath extenders that are set to expire on Nov. 21.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Nov. 15) withdrew a proposed guidance letter on Medicaid block grants that had been under review at the White House budget office since June, but the agency on Monday (Nov. 18) reiterated recent comments from Administrator Seema Verma promising that it will soon issue guidance on new ways for states to finance Medicaid.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

The latest House continuing resolution to fund the government, unveiled Monday (Nov. 18), extends through Dec. 20 the same package of so-called health extenders included in the short-term CR that is set to expire Nov. 21, including an extended delay of the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay cuts.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

Ten Democratic lawmakers, including two Democratic presidential candidates, are calling on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to assess the potential of alternative payment models to lower rates of maternal mortality, but to be wary of models that might exacerbate health inequities.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

Advocates for Medicaid expansion are claiming another electoral victory after Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) narrowly won re-election on Saturday (Nov. 16).

November 15, 2019 | Daily News

Academics and beneficiary advocates are continuing to raise concerns with the Medicare Plan Finder tool as open enrollment continues -- namely that the updated website puts too much emphasis on the least expensive Medicare premium, rather than the smallest overall cost, and has missing or inaccurate cost information.

November 15, 2019 | Daily News

CMS has approved state plan amendments formally allowing Idaho to implement Medicaid expansion as scheduled on Jan. 1, the state said.

November 15, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee's rural health and underserved area task force is asking stakeholders what issues should be considered as lawmakers draft bipartisan legislation -- in particular, the task force wants to pinpoint policies that have had a demonstrable, positive impact on health outcomes and workforce shortages in rural and underserved areas as well as the availability of long-term care.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (Nov. 13) unanimously approved two bills to improve maternal health, including a bill that would allow states to extend Medicaid eligibility for up to one year after a beneficiary gives birth and receive a higher federal match rate.

November 12, 2019 | Daily News

CMS proposed a wide-ranging new rule Tuesday (Nov. 12) that the agency says will crack down on states manipulating Medicaid supplemental payments in order to obtain extra federal matching funds.

November 12, 2019 | Daily News

CMS will soon release a highly anticipated guidance letter that will invite states to use federal block grants to cover non-disabled adult Medicaid beneficiaries, Administrator Seema Verma said Tuesday (Nov. 12).

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

A second federal appeals court has sided with CMS and upheld a 2017 rule that prevents hospitals from receiving Medicaid DSH payments to cover costs for which they have already been compensated by Medicare or private insurers.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

Kentucky will likely abandon its controversial plan to adopt Medicaid work requirements as Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory over incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in a closely fought race for governor Tuesday night (Nov. 5).

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

CMS announced Wednesday (Nov. 6) that it approved a waiver to allow District of Columbia to sidestep a restriction on using Medicaid dollars to fund inpatient treatment for substance use and mental illness.

November 05, 2019 | Daily News

South Carolina likely violated federal law when it attempted to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving any Medicaid funding, a federal appeals court recently ruled.

November 05, 2019 | Daily News

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act reduced preventable hospitalizations in states that opted into the expanded program in 2014, according to a new report published in Health Affairs.

November 04, 2019 | Daily News

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) released his partial Medicaid expansion plan Monday (Nov. 4) that also would implement work requirements, despite court challenges to work requirements in several states and refusals by CMS to provide full federal funding matches for partially expanded state Medicaid programs.

November 04, 2019 | Daily News

Medicaid policy is a central issue in state elections being held Tuesday (Nov. 5) in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia, as well as in Louisiana, which has a runoff for governor later this month.

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