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March 04, 2021 | Daily News

The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed policymakers’ attention to the opioid and substance use disorder crisis, stakeholders say, but provisions included in COVID-19 relief legislation are a good start in recognizing the connection between the two public health emergencies.

March 03, 2021 | Daily News

Senate Democrats delayed by one year, till 2024, the removal of the cap on Medicaid inflation rebates included in their draft pandemic relief package, according to language circulating Wednesday (March 3).

February 26, 2021 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates Nebraska Appleseed and the National Health Law Program sued Nebraska over its version of Medicaid work requirements in district court after the state urged the Supreme Court to allow its 1115 demonstration to continue even if the court were to strike down work requirement programs in New Hampshire and Arkansas.

February 26, 2021 | Daily News

CMS will consider provider-specific emergency waivers for Texas clinicians in Medicare and Medicaid due to the recent severe winter storms in the state, but the agency says it has already provided numerous waivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it will not add any more blanket waivers.

February 25, 2021 | Daily News

States would be given a seven-year authorization to offer 12 months of Medicaid and Children’s Insurance Program coverage to postpartum individuals under the manager’s amendment to the House COVID-19 relief legislation, which is set to be voted on Friday (Feb. 26).

February 24, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice told the Supreme Court that Arkansas has no leg to stand on in asking the court to continue reviewing the Medicaid work requirements lawsuit, as the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape from when the 1115 demonstrations were initially granted, the state’s work requirements likely won’t go into effect before the demonstration expires at the end of 2021 and the state is basing some of its arguments on lawsuits that don’t exist.

February 24, 2021 | Daily News

Providers say CMS should continue to reimburse audio-only telehealth services after the public health emergency ends in order to ease health care inequities, but some policymakers and patient advocates still raise questions about the quality of care and potential for fraud with audio-only visits.

February 24, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association asked HHS in a letter Monday (Feb. 22) to tell hospitals how their data’s being used to respond to COVID-19 and to give hospitals advance notice before adding more data reporting fields or changing the reporting platform again.

February 23, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary-nominee Xavier Becerra told Senate health committee members Tuesday (Feb. 23) he would follow the data to set the length of the public health emergency, use provider relief funds to help nursing homes and back President Joe Biden’s push for a Medicare buy-in program.

February 23, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to cancel arguments in the lawsuit over Medicaid work requirements and let HHS go through its process to revoke the 1115 demonstrations instead – but Arkansas says HHS’ revocation efforts could also end up in court so the case should proceed.

February 22, 2021 | Daily News

The Supreme Court agreed Monday (Feb. 22) to hear oral arguments in a case challenging the Trump-era public charge rule, but stakeholders say it’s likely the Biden administration will rescind the Trump administration policy before arguments are heard.

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure has been an advocate for maternal health equity, expanded data collection and overturning Medicaid work requirements throughout her health policy career, hinting at what might be in store for her tenure as CMS administrator if confirmed by the Senate.

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

While lawmakers and health care advocates say President Joe Biden’s pick for CMS administrator will help the administration tackle COVID-19, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure has not publicly discussed whether she thinks certain pandemic-related policies or waivers, like those expanding telehealth, should continue after the pandemic.

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

Biden’s historic pick to head CMS, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, has extensive experience with the Affordable Care Act having helped to draft the bill as a House Ways & Means staffer, where she worked with HHS Secretary-nominee Xavier Becerra before moving to help implement the law as deputy director of CMS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, which oversees the insurance exchanges and related policies.

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s pick to head CMS, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, has criticized Medicaid work requirements and excessive Medicaid redeterminations as barriers to coverage and has suggested some type of federal coverage guarantee is needed to protect beneficiaries in states that have expanded Medicaid from potential coverage rollbacks.

February 18, 2021 | Daily News

A Maryland immigrant rights group suing over the Trump administration’s public charge rule on Wednesday (Feb. 17) asked a federal appeals court to proceed with the case, rejecting the Biden administration’s efforts to put the case on hold while federal agencies revisit the rule.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden has reportedly picked Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be the next CMS administrator.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association has laid out a broad 2021 health care advocacy agenda that calls for Congress and the Biden administration to preserve federal Medicaid and Medicare funding, investigate health insurance anti-competitiveness, protect hospitals when implement surprise billing protections and more.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association’s recently released 2021 advocacy agenda asks policymakers to make the health care system more efficient, financially stable and equitable by enacting medical liability reform, increasing electronic communication within the industry and collecting more data on race and ethnicity to improve health outcomes.

February 16, 2021 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s reconciliation bill would increase COVID-19 vaccinations for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries by 6 million over the next two years and would convince some states that haven’t expanded Medicaid to do so a year earlier than the office previously projected.

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