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Medicaid

December 11, 2020 | Daily News

Health care policy experts and beneficiary advocates are circulating briefs and roadmaps laying out ideas on how President-elect Joe Biden could achieve his health policy agenda through regulatory actions if the Senate stays in GOP hands.

December 09, 2020 | Daily News

HHS’ latest application of the PREP Act allows doctors to provide certain COVID-19 pandemic-related services via telehealth across state lines -- effectively allowing the providers to avoid long-standing cross-state licensure requirements for a limited number of services.

December 09, 2020 | Daily News

Policymakers could help drive down Affordable Care Act premiums by letting smaller, mission-driven Medicaid managed care insurers sell exchange plans to a limited number of enrollees at first and then expand as capital allows, says the lobby that represents safety net plans.

December 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court on Friday (Dec. 4) announced it will hear a suit over Medicaid work requirements after Arkansas and the Department of Justice asked the high court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling that blocked the state’s program, and the DOJ also asked the court to take another look at New Hampshire’s program.

December 04, 2020 | Daily News

The health insurance industry says that with COVID-19 surging and unemployment still twice as high as before the pandemic, the 116th Congress must act quickly with timely, targeted and temporary relief solutions, which include strengthening Medicaid and helping people to keep and afford their private coverage in addition to providing more funding for testing and vaccine distribution.

November 25, 2020 | Daily News

A new Commonwealth Fund report finds the share of income that middle-income families spend on employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) continues to rise, with premiums and deductibles accounting for about 11.5% of median household income in 2019, up from 9.1% of income a decade earlier.

November 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Federation of American Hospitals is urging President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team to institute a national COVID-19 mitigation and communications strategy as opposed to the current, splintered state-based approach; to gradually ease the end of COVID-19 waivers, rather than cutting them off at the end of the public health emergency; and to work with Congress to increase access to telehealth post-pandemic.

November 17, 2020 | Daily News

Some stakeholders and lobbyists worry the Trump administration will issue a controversial Medicaid supplemental pay rule before leaving office -- despite CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s statement in September that CMS was scrapping the rule -- as Verma recently said CMS was slowing down its work on the rule in order to get it right but still stood behind the rule’s goals.

November 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration on Monday finalized a rule to roll back Obama-era Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plans managed care regulations by, among other things, easing network adequacy requirements, which the agency said will reduce administrative burden.

November 09, 2020 | Daily News

When the Supreme Court hears the challenge to the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday (Nov. 10), prescription drug policies are at stake in addition to the future of the insurance exchanges.

November 07, 2020 | Daily News

Joe Biden’s presumptive presidential victory Saturday lays a path for revocation of President Donald Trump’s controversial Medicaid policies, yet a likely divided Congress makes it unlikely Biden will be able to realize his plan to build on the Affordable Care Act with a new public option.

November 05, 2020 | Daily News

Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House and Republicans retain control of the Senate, health policy experts predict Biden’s more-aggressive health reform proposals, like a public option or a Medicare buy-in, would be off table in the near term, but other legislative fixes to the Affordable Care Act could transpire.

November 05, 2020 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Commission is leaning toward recommending a 12-month extension of Medicaid for postpartum beneficiaries, as opposed to the current statutory cut-off after 60 days, and aligning the coverage with the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

November 04, 2020 | Daily News

While the presidential race remained undeclared Tuesday night, Republican nominees swept in governors’ races where Medicaid is in the spotlight, which means a likely continued push towards controversial Medicaid policies such as work requirements.

November 04, 2020 | Daily News

While the presidential race remained undeclared Tuesday night, Republican nominees swept in governors’ races where Medicaid is in the spotlight, which means a likely continued push towards controversial Medicaid policies such as work requirements.

November 04, 2020 | Daily News

While the presidential race remained undeclared Tuesday night, Republican nominees swept in governors’ races where Medicaid is in the spotlight, which means a likely continued push towards controversial Medicaid policies such as work requirements.

November 03, 2020 | Daily News

A provision tucked into an interim final rule CMS unveiled Oct. 28 provides needed clarity to state Medicaid directors that they can terminate coverage for certain beneficiaries not validly enrolled in the program during the public health emergency and still receive enhanced federal matching funds, the National Association of Medicaid Directors told Inside Health Policy.

November 02, 2020 | Daily News

A federal judge has struck down the Trump administration’s controversial public charge rule, declaring it should immediately be vacated nationwide, the latest in the ongoing legal battle over the administration’s effort to deny certain legal immigrants government benefits including Medicaid.

November 02, 2020 | Daily News

The presidential battle, Senate seat toss-ups, governors’ races and ballot initiatives have put Medicaid in the spotlight, with the results from Tuesday’s election potentially deciding the fate of controversial Medicaid policies advanced by the Trump administration and whether and how some states expand their programs.

October 30, 2020 | Daily News

Congress’ Medicaid advisers are weighing whether to recommend that Congress mandate non-emergency medical transportation be covered by Medicaid, responding to a congressional call for CMS to hold off on any moves to change the benefit until the advisers weigh in.

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