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September 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate put off until Tuesday (Sept. 22) its vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11 and extend funding for several Medicare and Medicaid programs, among other health care riders.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (Sept. 23) issued a call for providers, schools and communities to work together and help kids access care after preliminary data showed a big drop in the services that children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program accessed in the spring, compared with 2019.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Department of Homeland Security will resume implementing its controversial public charge rule nationwide, including applying it retroactively, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a stay on the rule in three states can be lifted.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

Congress is expected to soon send to the president a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11 that also includes funding extensions for several Medicare and Medicaid programs, a delay in cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospitals, and an extension for repayment and lowered interest for certain COVID-19 provider relief payments, among other health care riders.

September 22, 2020 | Daily News

The House passed several health bills on Monday (Sept. 21), including one to codify non-emergency transportation as a mandatory Medicaid benefit and another to strengthen maternal health care in rural areas.

September 21, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats on Monday (Sept. 21) introduced a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11 that includes Medicare and Medicaid funding extensions supported by the White House.

September 17, 2020 | Daily News

Experts at the Commonwealth Fund who analyzed data for the group’s annual state scorecard say the results show the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed existing weaknesses in the health care system, including eroding coverage, persistent high costs and preventable deaths, that state and federal governments must partner to fix.

September 16, 2020 | Daily News

CMS is preparing guidance on winding down its COVID-19 Medicaid flexibilities, particularly for eligibility, post-pandemic, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Calder Lynch said Wednesday (Sept. 16).

September 15, 2020 | Daily News

Health care advocates say the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which found more than a million fewer Americans had health insurance in 2019 than in the previous year even as the median income hit record highs, show the Trump administration’s policies are undermining coverage.

September 14, 2020 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday (Sept. 14) said the agency will be withdrawing its controversial Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation, a move cheered by providers and Medicaid directors that were worried about the amount of funding the policy, if finalized, would have cut from the program.

September 11, 2020 | Daily News

Americans who receive Medicaid coverage for COVID-19 testing and diagnostic services under the option created by the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) are still eligible to for tax credits to help purchase comprehensive ACA-compliant coverage, the Treasury Department and IRS affirms in guidance out Thursday (Sept. 10).

September 11, 2020 | Daily News

Behavioral health providers say that while Congress stalls again on stimulus package negotiations, facilities are suspending programs and furloughing staff despite a growing demand for services.

September 09, 2020 | Daily News

Data from 30 states show that Medicaid enrollment increased by about 8.4% from February through July as Americans lost jobs and related income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

September 09, 2020 | Daily News

HHS in early August unveiled an 84-page roadmap to improve rural health that includes a number of policy initiatives and recommendations, including calls to expand care for postpartum depression, award grants for telehealth expansion and ease state licensure restrictions.

September 09, 2020 | Daily News

The White House is asking Congress to fund certain so-called Medicare and Medicaid extenders -- most of which are set to run through Nov. 30 -- as part of an expected continuing resolution to keep the government open in fiscal 2021, and an Office of Management and Budget document obtained by sister news service Inside Defense also says the White House would consider other policies that often ride along with the extenders, like a delay in cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments.

September 03, 2020 | Daily News

CMS is urging states to use Medicaid Disaster Relief State Plan Amendments to shore up nursing homes that have been pleading for months for more funding, but one lobbyist said the SPAs are temporary patches on an underfunded system and National Association of Medicaid Directors Executive Director Matt Salo said states may not be able to sustainably fund their share of the pay bumps.

September 02, 2020 | Daily News

Texas on Tuesday (Sept. 1) followed in the footsteps of California by offering postpartum services to low-income beneficiaries up to one year after giving birth through its Healthy Texas Women program, becoming the second state in the nation to implement such a policy.

September 01, 2020 | Daily News

Close to 12 million people have been cut off employer-sponsored health coverage since the start of the pandemic, yet Medicaid rolls have only expanded by 4 million, a new study from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds.

August 25, 2020 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals called on CMS to immediately reverse its plan to potentially remove hospitals from Medicare and Medicaid if they don’t report COVID-19 data to HHS, with AHA calling the changes to hospital conditions of participation unveiled on Tuesday (Aug. 25) disturbing and heavy-handed.

August 20, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Thursday (Aug. 20) announced it has awarded $35 million in grants to 50 rural organizations to boost telehealth, the health care workforce, health research, assistance for rural hospitals and HIV care.