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September 05, 2019 | Daily News

Planned Parenthood’s telehealth app that allows patients to order birth control pills for home delivery doesn’t take insurance, including Medicaid.

September 04, 2019 | Daily News

Missouri is the latest state in which Medicaid advocates will push for a 2020 ballot initiative to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act.

September 03, 2019 | Daily News

Illinois improperly paid Medicaid managed care plans on behalf of beneficiaries who were deceased, according to a new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General that is the latest in a series of audits that found at least eight states have issued Medicaid payments on behalf of dead people.

August 30, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) are seeking information from CMS and external auditing organizations about the quality of long-term services and supports being provided through Medicaid managed care.

August 29, 2019 | Daily News

Advocates for Medicaid expansion in Nebraska filed a lawsuit Wednesday (Aug. 28) seeking to force state officials to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion nearly a year earlier than the Republican governor’s planned October 2020 launch date.

August 29, 2019 | Daily News

Substance use disorder and mental health advocates are concerned that loosening the strict privacy scheme that protects substance use treatment records will make it easier for these records to get in the hands of law enforcement and could make people fearful of seeking treatment.

August 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s so-called public charge rule will deter many immigrant families from enrolling their children in Medicaid, potentially undermining decades of work to expand children’s coverage, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families argues in a new report.

August 27, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg unveiled a proposal Friday (Aug. 23) to tackle mental illness and substance use disorders by increasing Medicaid reimbursement for related services, requiring Medicare and Medicaid to cover medication-assisted treatment, and tackling social isolation and social determinants of health through Medicare and Medicaid interventions.

August 26, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Aug. 23) instructed state Medicaid agencies on how to take full advantage of federal rules that allow them to recoup money from the U.S. sponsors of legal immigrants if those immigrants use Medicaid benefits, including potentially suing the sponsors if they don’t pay up.

August 22, 2019 | Daily News

The number of Medicaid-covered prescriptions for buprenorphine, a key drug used to treat opioid addiction, increased dramatically in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act while remaining relatively static in non-expansion states, according to a new study from researchers at the Urban Institute.

August 21, 2019 | Daily News

CMS agreed to clarify diagnostic code requirements, assist states Medicaid agencies in correctly reporting the National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) of providers who prescribe opioids and ensure all beneficiaries can be uniquely identified in the national Medicaid claims database after an HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report said that national data are incomplete.

August 20, 2019 | Daily News

Two new lawsuits, including one brought by health care providers, are seeking to block the Trump administration’s so-called public charge rule, which aims to make it harder for legal immigrants to become permanent U.S. residents if they use Medicaid or other forms of public assistance.

August 19, 2019 | Daily News

Many of the people who gained coverage after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act did so by enrolling in Medicaid despite apparently having incomes that should have disqualified them from the program, according to a new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

August 16, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Aug. 16) officially denied Utah’s request for enhanced federal funding for a partial Medicaid expansion -- as well as Utah’s proposed enrollment caps policy, which the agency said essentially amounted to a partial expansion with the higher match -- but the agency has yet to decide whether it will approve the state’s request for per-capita caps.

August 16, 2019 | Daily News

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia are involved in lawsuits challenging the controversial so-called public charge rule finalized Monday, arguing that the rule undermines the role of public programs such as Medicaid and does not improve self-sufficiency for immigrants.

August 16, 2019 | Daily News

State officials should educate providers on the role of palliative care, create avenues for Medicaid reimbursement for palliative care and devise palliative care best practices to improve access, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy.

August 13, 2019 | Daily News

A federal appeals court on Tuesday (Aug. 13) reversed a lower court’s ruling and sided with CMS in a move that prevents hospitals from receiving Medicaid DSH payments to cover costs for which they have already been compensated by private insurers or Medicare.

August 13, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg unveiled a rural health plan that closely mirrors that of other Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposals on reimbursement, telehealth and workforce disparities, and Sen. Michael Bennet’s call for CMS to adopt new payment policies to tackle social determinants of health.

August 13, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) released a rural health plan Wednesday (Aug. 7) that calls for expanding long-term services and supports (LTSS), but otherwise echoes the calls of other Democratic presidential candidates for more Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and telehealth services as candidates increasingly focus on rural health in their presidential bids.

August 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration on Monday (Aug. 12) finalized a controversial rule that will make it more difficult for legal immigrants who receive Medicaid to become permanent U.S. residents, drawing outcry from stakeholders across the health care industry who say the policy will drive up the number of uninsured patients and increase the costs of uncompensated care.