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Medicaid

February 16, 2021 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce legislation to remove the cap on inflationary drug rebates in Medicaid would save taxpayers $15.9 billion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

CMS took initial steps to roll back states’ Medicaid work requirements on Friday (Feb. 12), telling states, including Arkansas and New Hampshire, it doesn’t believe their programs promote Medicaid objectives and giving them 30 days to send information on why they disagree.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Feb. 12) rescinded 11th-hour procedures instituted by Trump’s CMS chief Seema Verma to make it more difficult for the Biden administration to ax Medicaid 1115 demos that include work requirements.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said the committee would revisit whether to permanently let states extend Medicaid postpartum coverage for one year after a child is born, rejecting a Republican proposal Friday (Feb. 12).

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

Days after House Democrats included temporary expansions of Affordable Care Act tax credits and subsidies for employer-sponsored coverage and extra money for expanding Medicaid in their draft COVID-19 bills, major insurer, hospital, physician, employer and business lobbies announced a new coalition that backs those and other policies that build off the ACA and strive toward universal health care -- without relying on a public option.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

Even before the House Energy & Commerce Committee included an incentive in their COVID-19 relief bill to get the hold-out states to expand Medicaid, health care advocates in several states were already working to extend the program through measures that could be on the ballot in the mid-terms.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and his Democratic colleagues rejected a Republican amendment Thursday (Feb. 12) to add $35 billion in provider relief funds to the COVID-19 relief package, including batches of $5 billion for Medicaid and rural providers.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee is marking up pandemic relief legislation Thursday (Feb. 11) that would cover state Medicaid programs’ COVID-19 vaccine costs for up to a year after the end of the public health emergency, as well as give states the option to add certain beneficiaries and services to their Medicaid programs.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

State Medicaid programs would see a temporary 7.35% increase in federal matching funds in order to improve their home- and community-based service options under the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s portion of Democrats’ pandemic relief bill, to be marked up Thursday (Feb. 11).

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee marks up legislation Thursday (Feb. 11) that would let states voluntarily extend full Medicaid and CHIP coverage for up to one year postpartum -- but unlike a previous proposal passed by the committee in 2019, the new language wouldn’t provide any additional federal matching funds (FMAP).

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

Brand drug makers are targeted for up to $20 billion in offsets in the House Energy & Commerce Committee bill to increase federal government funding of state Medicaid programs: The bill would penalize companies that quickly raise prices by eliminating the cap on Medicaid inflation rebates.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s portion of the pandemic relief bill, released late Tuesday, would give a 5% bump in federal matching pay for two years to states that move to expand Medicaid after the bill is enacted. The funding would be an incentive for the 12 states hold out states to act.

February 08, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association placed a priority on COVID-19 relief in its 2021 policy agenda document, which asks Congress and the Biden administration for increased support for providers, protection for patients’ access to insurance and permanent telehealth flexibilities.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case over the validity of Trump-era 1115 Medicaid work requirement waivers on March 29, the court said Feb. 1.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

Immigrant advocates suing over the former Trump administration’s controversial public charge rule plan to pow wow with Biden’s Department of Justice on next steps in their suits, given the new administration is considering revoking the rule.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

States are not in as bad shape as some experts first feared but they're still facing an uncertain road to financial recovery, sparking concerns from health advocates that governors and lawmakers might resort to reducing Medicaid benefits like dental coverage if states don’t get federal relief.

February 03, 2021 | Daily News

Progressive advocates and health experts say President Joe Biden’s newly signed order directing federal agencies to revisit the Trump administration’s controversial public charge rule is a good first step to increasing Medicaid enrollment, but it will take a formal reversal of the rule and community outreach to undo the chilling effects of the policy.

February 03, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s national COVID-19 response plan commits to expanding the social service safety net to provide for unmet basic needs exacerbated by the pandemic, which experts and advocates say will likely translate into broadening Medicaid to cover more social determinants of health down the road.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

Some local governments organizations are already supporting President Joe Biden’s stimulus proposal, which would give them $350 billion in flexible COVID-19 relief funds -- compared to nothing extra under the Republican plan -- but city and county health officials wary of previous distributions not making it to the frontlines are waiting to see more details from lawmakers.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is pushing legislation that, coupled with the executive orders signed last week, would advance President Joe Biden’s health reform agenda by eliminating the ACA’s subsidy cliff, allowing Medicare drug price negotiation, incentivizing Medicaid expansion, and establishing a public option, although Warner’s version is limited to individual and small group exchanges.

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