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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 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

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two states’ Medicaid work requirement waivers Tuesday (April 6), bringing the total to four states for which CMS has rescinded the Trump-era 1115 waivers.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 07, 2021 | Daily News

Stakeholders are hoping to see methadone administration flexibilities continued after the COVID-19 public health emergency, a request that could be in reach after the Biden administration said last Thursday (April 1) it will review methadone treatment policies and develop recommendations to modernize them.

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 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 01, 2021 | Daily News

LeadingAge on Thursday (April 1) released a wishlist for Congress’ upcoming infrastructure package that includes a permanent 10% increase in the federal Medicaid matching funds for both home- and community-based and nursing home services.

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 31, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan would extend the Money Follows the Person program to expand access to home- and community-based care, according to briefing notes released by the Biden administration Tuesday night (March 30).

March 30, 2021 | Daily News

A group of Democratic Representatives urged President Joe Biden to stick to his campaign trail proposal to allocate $450 billion to home- and community-based services in a letter sent Tuesday (March 30), a day before Biden is expected to release his “Build Back Better” plan.

March 26, 2021 | Daily News

Stakeholders are urging CMS to quickly issue a flexible guidance on how and when states can use the American Rescue Plan’s 10 percentage point increase in federal Medicaid matching funds for home- and community-based services, with some asking for specific permission to spend on items including the direct support workforce and bolstering technology.

March 24, 2021 | Daily News

Advocates are pushing to advance health equity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through policies like COVID-19 vaccine prioritization, increased access to home- and community-based services and better coverage and delivery of care.

March 24, 2021 | Daily News

Democratic Representatives urged hold-out states to expand their Medicaid programs, discussed new ways to nudge states to do so and touted the American Rescue Plan’s incentives at a House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee hearing Tuesday (March 23) on strengthening the Affordable Care Act.

March 23, 2021 | Daily News

Nestled in the House Energy & Commerce Committee plan to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid coverage are several bipartisan proposals meant to improve children’s health care, like permanently extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program funding and requiring state Medicaid programs reimburse primary physicians at the same rate as Medicare.

March 23, 2021 | Daily News

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP will meet with stakeholders Thursday (March 25) to get their input on upcoming guidance regarding the pay bump for home and community-based services included in the American Rescue Plan, which requires states to beef up those services to access the extra funds.

March 23, 2021 | Daily News

American Medical Association CEO and Executive Vice President James Madara said he thinks price transparency is coming to the entire health care system, including private-practice physicians, during a panel at the American College of Healthcare Executive’s conference on Monday (March 22).

March 19, 2021 | Daily News

Georgia and Arkansas told the Biden administration they would sue if CMS revoked their Medicaid work requirement waivers -- which didn’t stop the administration from revoking Arkansas’ program along with New Hampshire’s.

March 19, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee health panel will discuss legislation aimed at incentivizing additional states to expand their Medicaid programs at a hearing next Tuesday (March 23) to mark the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

March 18, 2021 | Daily News

All eyes are on the Supreme Court after the Biden administration revoked Arkansas’ and New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirement waivers Wednesday (March 17) in a move that experts have said would make the case moot and could lead to its dismissal.

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