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May 13, 2021 | Daily News

CMS released guidance Thursday (May 13) on the increase in federal Medicaid matching funds for home- and community-based services outlined in the American Rescue Plan that allows states to spend that money until March 31, 2024.

May 13, 2021 | Daily News

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) announced Thursday (May 13) that the state will formally withdraw its state plan amendments to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act after legislators failed to appropriate funds for the expansion mandate passed by voters last summer, leaving stakeholders confident that legal action is imminent.

May 13, 2021 | Daily News

CMS is taking nominations to fill three open seats on the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), which makes recommendations to HHS and CMS on how to improve consumer education for the insurance exchanges, Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP. The agency will take submissions through June 11.

May 12, 2021 | Daily News

Texas representatives grilled HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Wednesday (May 12) over CMS’ recent decision to revoke a Trump-era uncompensated care waiver for the state, coming as the Senate simultaneously moved toward a vote to confirm Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as CMS chief despite Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) hold on floor action due to the waiver.

May 12, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate voted 51 to 48 Wednesday (May 12) to advance the nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for CMS administrator after Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made a motion to discharge her nomination from the Finance Committee, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) joining Democrats to vote in favor of the motion.

May 11, 2021 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of 77 lawmakers are joining hospitals’ push to have HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra extend the deadline to spend provider relief funds and expedite distribution of the remaining COVID-19 relief.

May 11, 2021 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (May 11) released an interim final rule that requires long term care facilities and intermediate care facilities treating those with intellectual disabilities to submit weekly reports on the COVID-19 vaccination status of residents and staff, and to educate those individuals about the vaccine and offer shots when supplies are available.

May 11, 2021 | Daily News

The Missouri Department of Social Services seeks to allow hospitals to make presumptive Medicaid eligibility determinations for adults in the Medicaid expansion group in a proposed rule that appeared in the state register Monday (May 10), indicating the state is moving ahead with planning for expansion despite lawmakers’ refusal to include it in the state budget.

May 11, 2021 | Daily News

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report Thursday (May 6) outlining two viable options the Biden administration could seek legislatively to close the coverage gap in states that have yet to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act -- create a federalized Medicaid program under the ACA or offer people in the gap fully subsidized coverage through the marketplace.

May 10, 2021 | Daily News

More than 12,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries aged 65 and older who were long-stay nursing home residents had a Part D claim for an antipsychotic drug but were not reported as having received the drug in CMS’ dataset in 2018, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report that says CMS data on antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes is incomplete.

May 07, 2021 | Daily News

CMS is encouraging stakeholders to provide feedback on the White House Office of Management and Budget’s request for information on ways to improve equity and support underserved communities.

May 07, 2021 | Daily News

Stakeholders are frustrated that CMS has not yet released guidance on how to use the increased federal Medicaid matching funds for home- and community-based services authorized through the American Rescue Plan, over a month after the one-year funding period began.

May 05, 2021 | Daily News

Long term care hospitals are pleased to see a provision in CMS’ fiscal 2022 proposed inpatient hospital pay rule that would require state Medicaid programs allow all Medicare providers to enroll in Medicaid, so long as they meet that program’s federal requirements.

May 05, 2021 | Daily News

The United States of Care is recommending the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation branch out into more Medicaid-focused models, test Medicare Advantage care options within traditional Medicare and test virtual care in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to boost health equity.

May 04, 2021 | Daily News

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has not lifted his hold on a floor vote on CMS Administrator-nominee Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s nomination, an aide to the senator tells Inside Health Policy, as the Biden administration now faces pressure from the GOP Texas delegation to restore the Trump-era's 10-year extension of the state’s 1115 Medicaid waiver.

May 04, 2021 | Daily News

Payers are urging CMS to quickly approve additional state waivers to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage beyond 60 days and issue timely guidance for states that want to extend coverage for new mothers by using the state plan amendment created by the American Rescue Plan.

May 03, 2021 | Daily News

The American Rescue Plan’s incentives for states to adopt Medicaid expansion could lead to roughly $21.1 billion in additional federal dollars among the 14 states that haven’t yet implemented expansion, and could fully offset state expansion costs expansion for up to six-and-a-half years in some of the states, according to a Manatt Health analysis published in April.

May 03, 2021 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office announced five new appointments -- with academic, insurance and federal and state government experience -- and two reappointments to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Monday (May 3).

April 30, 2021 | Daily News

Missouri's governor can direct the state to move ahead with Medicaid expansion or activist groups could take the state to court in an effort to get expansion implemented, stakeholders said after the state legislature failed to appropriate funds for the measure in the state’s budget Wednesday night (April 28).

April 29, 2021 | Daily News

The Missouri Senate voted against funding Medicaid expansion in the state’s budget for the year beginning in July on Wednesday (April 28) night, setting the stage for a legal battle after voters passed a ballot proposal to extend eligibility last year.

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