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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.

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pew Charitable Trusts unveiled a report earlier this month (Oct. 20) detailing ways states could expand access to naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversing drug, as state and local reports show overdoses are on the rise this year.

October 28, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (Oct. 28) said states may terminate coverage for certain Medicaid beneficiaries who weren’t “validly enrolled” during the public health emergency and still receive an enhanced federal Medicaid match, despite initially saying the first coronavirus stimulus bill prevented states from doing so.

October 27, 2020 | Daily News

About 40% of hospitals have not fully reported their COVID-19 data, CMS revealed Monday when it began allowing people to see which hospitals are reporting all required data every day.

October 21, 2020 | Daily News

Oklahoma is making its latest push to change its Medicaid system, now soliciting proposals from managed care organizations with plans to fully implement a privatized Medicaid program for most beneficiaries in October 2021.

October 20, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (Oct. 20) approved a waiver that allows adult Medicaid beneficiaries in Nebraska to receive additional benefits, including vision and dental, if they participate in work requirements.

October 16, 2020 | Daily News

Three of the biggest provider groups are pushing back against a recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump that aims to restrict anti-racism and sensitivity training, saying this training is crucial in care settings especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 15, 2020 | Daily News

Federal judges seemed unconvinced on Thursday (Oct. 15) that the Trump administration’s hospital price transparency rule violates the First Amendment and exceeds HHS’ statutory authority, as the American Hospital Association argued in an appeal to stop the rule.

October 15, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (Oct. 15) approved an 1115 waiver to allow Georgia to partially expand Medicaid and impose work requirements.

October 14, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (Oct. 14) expanded the list of telehealth services Medicare will reimburse, two months after unveiling a proposed rule to make some of the telehealth flexibilities allowed during the pandemic permanent for rural Medicare beneficiaries.

October 14, 2020 | Daily News

Pediatricians and family health care advocates were not surprised by CMS’ findings in September that fewer children are receiving vaccinations or health screenings, but they say the agency’s urgent call to action does not substantively deal with increasing rates of uninsured families and underfunded children’s programs.

October 13, 2020 | Daily News

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday (Oct. 13) urged Medicaid plans to press lawmakers to again increase the federal Medicaid match during the COVID-19 pandemic but acknowledged that a new stimulus bill likely won’t come until after the November election.

October 09, 2020 | Daily News

The nation’s largest insurer recently unveiled a health reform proposal under which states could use the Affordable Care Act’s waiver authority to move lower-income exchange enrollees into a new Medicaid buy-in program, which it says could lower costs by more than 40%, and regulatory authority for the individual market would be returned to the states.

October 07, 2020 | Daily News

HHS is soliciting nominations for a group that will examine policies and strategies to help individuals who were eligible for Medicaid while incarcerated have a seamless transition back into health coverage when they reenter communities, more than a year after the Trump administration missed a SUPPORT Act deadline to set up the group.

October 02, 2020 | Daily News

A new Bipartisan Policy Center report on the opioid crisis says the federal government should do a better job using its opioid funds to target at-risk groups and should revisit Medicaid practices that restrict access to treatment.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Tuesday (Sept. 29) passed a bipartisan bill that would create a new state plan option to extend Medicaid eligibility for up to one year after a beneficiary gives birth, which maternal health advocates applauded.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s proposal to reform the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits by removing the so-called “subsidy cliff” would reduce health care costs for nearly all current marketplace enrollees, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis out just prior to the first presidential debate.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats unveiled a revised $2.2 trillion version of their HEROES legislation that creates a special enrollment period in healthcare.gov and ACA tax credits for anyone who has lost a job, and increases Medicaid matching funds, but does not include subsides for COBRA that large employers, unions and other stakeholders have sought.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

Congress’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program advisers want to look deeper into how Medicaid provider relief efforts are going, after finding that less than 15% of potentially eligible providers applied for Medicaid relief funding by the end of August.