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March 18, 2021 | Daily News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), other Democratic senators and witnesses questioned the role of private equity ownership and mishandled federal funds in the pandemic’s toll on nursing homes at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Wednesday (March 17), and Warren plans a deeper probe into the issue.

March 18, 2021 | Daily News

House Democrats hope in addition to averting a Medicaid fiscal crises in the territories in October, they’ll be able to come up with longstanding federal funding solutions -- such as eliminating the Medicaid cap for territories and changing territories’ federal Medicaid matching funds calculation to what’s used for states.

March 18, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate confirmed Xavier Becerra as HHS secretary in a 50-49 mostly party-line vote Thursday (March 18), with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) being the only Republican senator to support Becerra’s nomination and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) not voting.

March 17, 2021 | Daily News

An HHS planning office analysis finds a number of state Medicaid waivers are tied to coverage losses and negative health effects in part because beneficiaries don’t understand the new conditions tied to work requirements, health savings accounts, healthy behavior incentives, premiums and more.

March 17, 2021 | Daily News

Maternal health advocates are cheering the COVID-19 relief package’s provision that lets states extend Medicaid postpartum coverage for up to one year without asking CMS, but they still want Congress to make the extension mandatory and to send states additional federal funds to implement it.

March 16, 2021 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) joined key Democratic senators to discuss next steps to control health care costs and expand coverage during a call with Protect Our Care Tuesday -- laying the groundwork for health and drug-pricing reforms that could be included in another reconciliation package.

March 16, 2021 | Daily News

HHS will survey providers on how they collect and use social determinants of health data in electronic health records, and while some say this is a positive step towards better patient care and benefit coordination, others worry there isn’t consensus about what SDOH data collection is reasonable.

March 15, 2021 | Daily News

Nursing home providers and advocates want lawmakers to pass a series of workforce, oversight, clinical and structural reforms for the sector and increase funding to support those measures.

March 12, 2021 | Daily News

The Supreme Court canceled oral arguments in the Medicaid work requirements lawsuit on Thursday (March 11) but briefs in the case are still due later this month, according to those following the issue, so the court has not stepped away from the case.

March 12, 2021 | Daily News

Many hospitals are dragging their feet on the new hospital price transparency requirements and compliance is low overall, though some major providers have begun to comply, Deloitte representatives said at the America’s Health Insurance Plans conference Thursday (March 11).

March 12, 2021 | Daily News

The American Psychological Association CEO advocated for increased funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention, better enforcement of mental health parity laws and racial equity in treatment at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on COVID-19 and the mental health and substance use crises Thursday (March 11).

March 11, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that significantly expands the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits, increases Medicaid funding and incentivizes states to expand their programs, fully subsidizes COBRA premiums through September and much more.

March 11, 2021 | Daily News

The Department of Homeland Security has formally removed the Trump-era public charge policy through a new rule filed in the Federal Register Thursday (March 11) and set to be published Monday (March 15).

March 11, 2021 | Daily News

Lee Fleisher, CMS chief medical officer and director of its Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, told insurers Tuesday (March 9) that peer-to-peer outreach is crucial for convincing reluctant people to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

March 11, 2021 | Daily News

CMS Chief Medical Officer Lee Fleisher weighed the benefits -- and drawbacks -- of telehealth Tuesday (March 9) at the America’s Health Insurance Plans conference as he and Danielle Lloyd, AHIP’s senior vice president of private market innovations and quality initiatives for clinical affairs, discussed the quality action plan that is in the works at CMS.

March 09, 2021 | Daily News

The Supreme Court dismissed three cases challenging the Trump-era public charge rule Tuesday (March 9), after the Department of Justice and lawyers for immigration advocacy groups and states filed joint stipulations calling for the cases to be dismissed because the Biden administration is not defending the controversial rule.

March 08, 2021 | Daily News

A last-minute Senate amendment to the American Rescue Plan act includes a temporary 10% increase in federal Medicaid matching funds for home- and community-based services.

March 08, 2021 | Daily News

House lawmakers are trying to balance their interest in continuing telehealth expansion beyond the pandemic with concerns such services could be overused or used improperly, coming as Department of Justice officials say stopping telehealth false claims is a priority.

March 05, 2021 | Daily News

State and local governments were set to receive $350 billion under the House-passed American Rescue Plan, but the updated version of the pandemic relief bill moving through the Senate would reduce the funding for local governments by $10 billion to pay for increased broadband access and split that relief into two funding pots released a year apart.

March 04, 2021 | Daily News

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission members raised concerns in a meeting Thursday (March 4) that if states don’t reimburse COVID-19 vaccinations at or above Medicare rates, there will be large swaths of people not getting vaccinated, putting people in other states at risk.

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