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Medicaid

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

CMS can accelerate the work of state Medicaid programs seeking to tackle social determinants of health by providing guidance and templates for how to obtain Medicaid waivers, providing a thorough evaluation of existing demonstrations to devise best practices, and facilitating information-sharing between states, according to Medicaid advocates.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

The White House asked Democrats late Thursday (July 19) to include in a budget deal Senate Democratic drug-pricing policies that would save the government $115 billion, multiple sources say

July 18, 2019 | Daily News

Patients’ groups and some Medicaid policy experts are urging the Trump administration to backtrack from a planned CMS guidance letter that is expected to invite states to use 1115 waivers to accept federal Medicaid money through block grants.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday (July 17) unanimously approved legislation that would delay Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts, reauthorize Medicaid funding to the territories with increased oversight of Puerto Rico’s funding, fund community health centers and other extenders for four years, and tackle surprise billing.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Republicans asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday (July 17) to provide them with information about Medicaid spending and fraud control in Puerto Rico in light of the recent corruption scandal in the Puerto Rican government.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Republicans asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday (July 17) to provide them with information about Medicaid spending and fraud control in Puerto Rico in light of the recent corruption scandal in the Puerto Rican government.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday (July 16) put together a rural and underserved communities health task force charged with finding bipartisan solutions to improve health care in those communities.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

Nearly all the Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee asked ranking Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden (OR) to push for government price negotiation authority to be included in the committee’s drug-pricing package.

July 12, 2019 | Daily News

Public health researchers applauded CMS’ recent allocation of $48 million to community-based organizations to promote enrollment of children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but they say the agency can still do more to encourage enrollment.

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (July 11) proposed to rescind Medicaid fee-for-service access monitoring requirements and come up with a uniform way to analyze Medicaid access across managed care, fee-for-service and home and community-based waiver programs.

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Thursday (July 11) approved bills that would delay Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts for two years and decrease the cuts in fiscal 2022 as well as fund community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, teaching health center Graduate Medical Education and special diabetes programs through fiscal 2024.

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw a proposed rule to eliminate rebates in Medicare Part D and Medicaid managed care because of concerns the rule would raise premiums for Part D beneficiaries, an administration official told Inside Drug Pricing.

July 10, 2019 | Daily News

Many dual-eligible beneficiaries are disenrolled from Medicaid even though they likely remain eligible for that coverage, according to a new study, as they are still eligible for Medicare’s low-income drug coverage subsidies.

July 09, 2019 | Daily News

HHS is looking for 15 stakeholders to join a department-wide quality summit to put together a Health Quality Roadmap as required by President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on price transparency.

July 09, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) proposal to tackle maternal mortality gives a much-needed focus on racial disparities in hospitals, but the plan should be anchored in investing in struggling hospitals rather than penalizing or rewarding hospitals based on outcomes, maternal health advocates say.

July 08, 2019 | Daily News

Amid fears of large coverage losses, New Hampshire on Monday (July 8) postponed the enforcement of its Medicaid work requirements for three months as state data showed that most of the beneficiaries who are subject to the new requirements were not in compliance in the first month of the program.

July 03, 2019 | Daily News

As the federal government prepares to hire thousands of people to work on the 2020 census, state Medicaid programs should implement safeguards to prevent low-income census workers from losing their Medicaid eligibility as a result of a temporary bump in income, CMS told states Wednesday (July 3).

July 03, 2019 | Daily News

A study published in Health Affairs Monday (July 1) found that an increasing number of working families are insuring their children through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the researchers behind the study called on policymakers to steer clear of additional hurdles for low- and moderate-income working families that could make it harder to sign children up for coverage.

July 02, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump on Monday (July 1) harshly criticized California’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage to undocumented immigrants under the age of 26.

July 02, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee members are scheduled to meet next Tuesday (July 9) to discuss drug-pricing legislation that Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) have been negotiating, according to sources following the talks.

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