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Medicaid

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

Congress’ Medicaid advisors are carefully watching a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation model to see how it improves maternal health for mothers with substance use disorders as it gets underway this year, and suggested they might weigh in to highlight the authority states already have to reshape their Medicaid programs to better serve mothers with substance use disorders.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

CMS will allow Texas to use federal funding for its family planning services for women not previously eligible for Medicaid, although those funds cannot be used by any organization in the state that provides abortions.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

House Education & Labor Committee Democrats are gathering information from the Department of Labor that could lay the foundation for legislative action to bolster the federal government’s enforcement of mental health parity law when it comes to employer-sponsored plans.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (Jan. 21) called for public comments on coordinating care from out-of-state providers for Medicaid-eligible children with medically complex conditions.

January 17, 2020 | Daily News

Illinois has submitted a waiver to CMS asking to extend Medicaid coverage up to one year after a Medicaid beneficiary has had a baby, as opposed to the current 60-day limit.

January 16, 2020 | Daily News

CMS rejected Wyoming’s proposal to eliminate air ambulance surprise medical bills by making all residents Medicaid-eligible for ambulance services on the grounds that the proposal is at odds with the purposes of the Medicaid program.

January 16, 2020 | Daily News

Although it’s an off year for state legislatures, states are expected to make progress on legislation and initiatives to lower drug prices, and state attorneys general are showing more interest in protecting residents from high drug prices, according to National Academy for State Health Policy Executive Director Trish Riley.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to let it start enforcing tougher immigration restrictions on people who use Medicaid or other forms of public assistance, even as litigation over the policy works its way through the lower courts.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

Two top Democrats are asking the HHS Office of Inspector General to look at the legality of Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant proposal that is pending CMS’ approval, just weeks after key stakeholders said CMS lacks authority to approve the proposal.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, one of the 18 GOP state officials challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, is pushing legislation that not only claims to protect residents with preexisting conditions, but also sets up the possibility of state-level subsidies to replace the federal assistance that could be axed if Morrissey and his colleagues’ arguments succeed in the high court.

January 13, 2020 | Daily News

Federal appellate judges suggested Monday (Jan. 13) that CMS’ attempt to require that drug makers include list prices in television advertisements might lead to consumer confusion without bringing down drug prices.

January 13, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) last week separately unveiled proposals to roll back Medicare and Medicaid policies that they say harm individuals with disabilities, and the two senators also are pushing to expand long-term services.

January 10, 2020 | Daily News

Stakeholders are calling on House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders to hold a hearing on a bill that would authorize grants to states and local entities to tackle social determinants of health for Medicaid beneficiaries.

January 10, 2020 | Daily News

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is taking a page from President Donald Trump’s playbook by insisting Californians pay no more for drugs than paid by other countries, and if Californians were to get that so-called most-favored-nation status, all state Medicaid programs would get the same deal due to the Medicaid Best Price rule.

January 09, 2020 | Daily News

Kansas is a step closer to expanding Medicaid after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning on Thursday (Jan. 9) announced a bipartisan proposal to expand Medicaid that also includes Republican-pushed provisions, including premium assistance to help newly-eligible beneficiaries pay for commercial insurance if available to them.

January 09, 2020 | Daily News

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced his intent to import Canadian drugs, cap insulin costs and rein in drug companies that overcharge patients.

January 08, 2020 | Daily News

A nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration from implementing its so-called public charge rule will remain in effect while litigation over the rule continues, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday (Jan. 8).

January 08, 2020 | Daily News

A federal appeals court on Wednesday (Jan. 8) dismissed a lawsuit over Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky now that the state’s new governor has abandoned the policy, but similar lawsuits challenging work requirements in other states are ongoing.

January 08, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee considered three bills Wednesday (Jan. 8) that would strengthen patient protections for Medicare and Medicaid, and the hearing has given beneficiary advocates hope that these protections will be included in legislative packages passed this year.

January 08, 2020 | Daily News

In 2020, the people who play the largest role in shaping health care policy may not be members of Congress, officials at CMS, or even presidential candidates -- they may be federal judges.

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