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Medicaid

April 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday (April 22) agreed to pause a proposal to extend Medicaid for more low-income women up to a year after giving birth, falling in the footsteps of Washington state and squashing the hopes of maternal health advocates as COVID-19 stretches state budgets.

April 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) gave nearly $165 million to help rural hospitals and telehealth resource centers combat COVID-19, which can be used by facilities to buy personal protective gear, increase testing and take other actions to respond to COVID-19.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will put off enforcing certain aspects of their interoperability rules, which were finalized in early March, saying resources need to be focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration told the Supreme Court on Monday (April 20) that the so-called public charge rule should remain in effect during the coronavirus pandemic, despite concerns of some state and local officials who say the rule is deterring immigrants from getting tested or treated for the virus.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate passed by voice vote an emergency spending package totaling $484 billion, including $75 billion for providers on Tuesday (April 21).

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate is poised to vote on a $475 billion coronavirus relief package Tuesday afternoon that includes $75 billion for providers as well as funding to replenish a program that helps employees of small businesses.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

Congress hopes to pass a bill this week replenishing funds from the CARES Act, including providing $75 billion in funding for hospitals and health systems and refunding the Paycheck Protection Program.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

Oklahomans will vote at the end of June on a ballot measure that seeks to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act -- the latest in a series of red state referendums on Medicaid expansion in recent years.

April 17, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic senators on Friday (April 17) urged congressional leaders to expand coverage for all eligible individuals during the ongoing pandemic and recovery process as part of the next stimulus package.

April 15, 2020 | Daily News

A second round of CARES Act grants to health care providers will start going out this week, with a portion of the money targeted at providers in areas that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said Wednesday (April 15).

April 14, 2020 | Daily News

As Congress prepares a fourth coronavirus stimulus package, providers and hospitals are asking for the initial $100 billion relief fund from the previous package to be replenished with another $100 billion in funding.

April 14, 2020 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates, hospitals, and governors want to see more funding, expanded telehealth authorities and a focus on health disparities in a fourth coronavirus stimulus package Congress is crafting.

April 14, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (April 13) released new guidance to states on Medicaid provisions in the recent coronavirus relief laws, including defining what counts as COVID-19 testing-related services and explaining how states should enroll people into the newly created COVID-19 testing eligibility group.

April 14, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the top Democrats on key health committees -- Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) -- allege HHS didn’t follow Congress’ intent in how it distributed the initial $30 billion of the $100 billion in CARES Act funding for providers, demanding the remainder of the funds be distributed more equitably and target the areas hit hardest hit by the pandemic.

April 14, 2020 | Daily News

Three states asked the Supreme Court on Monday (April 13) to temporarily halt the Trump administration’s enforcement of the so-called public charge rule, which penalizes legal immigrants who use Medicaid or other public benefits.

April 13, 2020 | Daily News

Hospitals and lawmakers are calling on the Trump administration to prioritize Medicaid providers and hot spots in the allocation of the remaining $70 billion relief fund from the CARES Act, with many saying some providers have been shortchanged by HHS’ allocation method for the initial $30 billion disbursement.

April 13, 2020 | Daily News

A group of children’s hospitals is asking the Supreme Court to strike down a 2017 Medicaid rule that severely reduced the amount of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments the children's hospitals are eligible to receive.

April 13, 2020 | Daily News

Three Democrats are concerned that White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner is tapping tech companies to help in sharing protected health data to establish a national coronavirus surveillance system and are calling on the administration to provide more information on its plans.

April 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission is pressing CMS to prioritize Medicaid providers when allocating the remaining money in the CARES Act provider relief fund, raising concerns the current disbursement formula leaves out disproportionate share hospitals.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (April 10) proposed pay increases for skilled nursing facilities, hospices, and inpatient psychiatric facilities for fiscal 2021.

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