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June 02, 2021 | Daily News

Congress has expressed support for continuing telehealth flexibilities after the pandemic but has yet to pass legislation, spurring a handful of states to move ahead with their own laws regulating audio-only services, cross-state licensing, payment parity and more, according to policy watchers.

June 01, 2021 | Daily News

Michigan’s decision to have Medicaid enrollees with incomes above 100% of the federal poverty level pay premiums for their coverage has led healthier beneficiaries to disenroll from Medicaid at higher rates than they otherwise would, according to a study published in May.

May 28, 2021 | Daily News

Under President Joe Biden’s fiscal 2022 budget, Medicaid would see an additional $49.6 billion compared to fiscal 2021, though the only Medicaid proposal with a new funding request is for home- and community-based services.

May 28, 2021 | Daily News

CMS requests $16.3 million for opioid and substance use disorder support services in its fiscal 2022 budget -- a nearly $13 million increase from the 2021 enacted level -- indicating CMS wants to prioritize tackling the substance abuse crisis this year.

May 27, 2021 | Daily News

Georgia’s two newly-elected Democratic senators sent a letter to Senate leadership Wednesday (May 26), followed by a similar letter from civil rights groups on Thursday (May 27), asking that federal action to close the coverage gap in non-Medicaid expansion states be included in an upcoming legislative package.

May 27, 2021 | Daily News

Senate Republicans unveiled a $928 billion infrastructure counteroffer Thursday (May 27) that does not include caregiving infrastructure investments, saying they want a bill to stick to so-called physical infrastructure.

May 26, 2021 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (May 26) proposed a six-month delay of a measure that lets drug companies report multiple best prices for each drug when those prices are tied to so-called value-based payment arrangements.

May 26, 2021 | Daily News

Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers Tuesday (May 25) ended a special session the governor had called to take up Medicaid expansion legislation without discussing the bill, leaving over $1 billion in federal funding on the table.

May 25, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as CMS administrator Tuesday (May 25) 55-44, after her confirmation vote was delayed due to objections over a revoked Texas Medicaid waiver extension.

May 25, 2021 | Daily News

A group of organizations representing workers, providers of and beneficiaries who use home- and community-based services sent a letter to Congressional leadership Tuesday (May 25) urging them to put HCBS funding in the next legislative package, as Republicans say a bipartisan infrastructure agreement is still far off and other advocates suspect the package will eventually move through reconciliation.

May 24, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate advanced Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s nomination to CMS administrator with a procedural vote Monday (May 24) that avoids a filibuster in the face of GOP opposition to her over the Biden administration’s cancellation of a Texas Medicaid waiver. The Senate voted 52 to 43 to invoke cloture on Brooks-LaSure's confirmation vote.

May 21, 2021 | Daily News

The White House appears to be drawing a sharp line when it comes to including investments in the caregiving economy in a potential infrastructure compromise with Republicans, according to a memo the administration sent Friday (May 21) to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking Republican Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) offering to cut over $500 billion from its initial package.

May 21, 2021 | Daily News

Three Missouri residents sued the state’s health department Thursday (May 20) for not moving forward on Medicaid expansion as called for in a state ballot initiative passed last year.

May 20, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate is slated to vote Monday (May 24) at 5:30 P.M. on whether to invoke cloture on Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s confirmation to be the next CMS administrator, the last procedural hurdle before a final vote on the nominee.

May 20, 2021 | Daily News

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) on Wednesday (May 19) called for a special session of the state legislature to discuss Medicaid expansion legislation, but the Republican majority has already committed to preventing debate on the issue at the special session set for Tuesday (May 25).

May 19, 2021 | Daily News

Medicaid expansion advocates suspended a recently started campaign to put expansion on the ballot in Mississippi after an unrelated decision by the state’s Supreme Court invalidated future ballot initiatives.

May 19, 2021 | Daily News

Senators from both parties expressed support for continuing telehealth flexibilities after the COVID-19 public health emergency during a Senate Finance Committee hearing Wednesday (May 19), though some lawmakers and witnesses want to see more data collected on the impact of flexibilities before any extensions are made permanent.

May 18, 2021 | Daily News

The Texas attorney general filed a lawsuit Friday (May 14) asking a federal district court in Texas to reinstate a 10-year extension of a Texas uncompensated care 1115 waiver approved in the last days of the Trump administration and revoked by the Biden administration’s CMS for allegedly failing to go through the proper notice-and-comment period.

May 17, 2021 | Daily News

Key health policy experts from both sides of the political spectrum say a recent survey by the Purchasers Business Group on Health (PBGH) and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finding employers are increasingly open to government intervention to rein in health care costs could boost the prospects of Congress acting this year to lower prescription drug costs.

May 14, 2021 | Daily News

CMS released guidance Thursday (May 13) that authorizes states to offer up to three additional 30-day periods of retainer payments for home- and community-based services providers in calendar year 2021 if they choose to do so.

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