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Medicaid

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

States are having a hard time documenting how they aimed to meet mental health parity requirements in their Medicaid and CHIP programs, and stakeholders don’t think those requirements greatly improved access to behavioral health services for beneficiaries.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Tuesday (Feb. 2) directing federal agencies to revisit the Trump administration’s public charge rule, which denies green cards to legal immigrants based on their potential use of public benefits, including Medicaid.

February 01, 2021 | Daily News

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission members voted Friday (Jan. 29) on draft recommendations calling for Congress to pass a formula developed by the Government Accountability Office that would automatically increase the federal Medicaid match during an economic downturn, sending states critical federal financial stimulus faster.

February 01, 2021 | Daily News

Staff for congressional Medicaid advisors found the small subset of patients who use non-emergency medical transportation are highly satisfied and reliant on the service -- research that could come into play if states try to get the Biden administration to let them get out of the NEMT requirements mandated by Congress in December.

January 29, 2021 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) promised at the Families USA annual conference Thursday (Jan. 28) he would work on expanding coverage, which Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) and COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Lead Marcella Nunez-Smith hailed as a crucial part of creating an equitable health care system.

January 29, 2021 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission overwhelmingly voted Friday (Jan. 29) on a draft recommendation that lawmakers require states extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to last one year and provide 100% federal matching funds -- a proposal that initially split commissioners along gender lines.

January 29, 2021 | Daily News

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission members voted Friday (Jan. 29) on a draft recommendation that Congress make the Medicaid estate recovery program voluntary for states, as recent statistics show states are making little off the program and commissioners worried the current program is perpetuating poverty.

January 28, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden issued an executive order Thursday (Jan. 28) directing HHS to examine whether the Trump administration's controversial Medicaid work requirement waivers undermine the program, coming just days after 17 states asked the Supreme Court to validate their 1115 waivers.

January 28, 2021 | Daily News

Block grants, the public charge rule and several different 1115 demonstrations could be subject to HHS review and reconsideration under an executive order President Joe Biden signed Thursday (Jan. 28) aimed at strengthening the Medicaid, program experts say.

January 28, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Thursday (Jan. 28) directing HHS to reconsider Trump policies that limit access to health care, including Medicaid work requirement waivers and so-called junk insurance plans, and will open a three-month special enrollment period for exchange coverage starting Feb. 15.

January 27, 2021 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of former Obama, Bush and Trump health officials are calling on the Biden administration to expand access to insurance by shoring up the individual market and working with Congress to lower the Medicare enrollment age to 55.

January 27, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s health care agenda should focus on increasing value-payments, strengthening primary care via nurse practitioners and non-clinical personnel, building trust in vulnerable communities and improving health care information technology so the country is better prepared for the next pandemic, some experts said at a webinar by The Commonwealth Fund Tuesday (Jan. 26).

January 26, 2021 | Daily News

State government officials are praising HHS’ plan to likely extend the public health emergency declaration throughout 2021 and to give states 60-days-notice before the declaration expires -- a move that sharply diverts from the Trump administration’s renewal of the declaration two weeks or days before it was set to expire.

January 26, 2021 | Daily News

More than 100 provider and advocacy groups are pushing HHS Secretary Nominee Xavier Becerra to immediately rescind the Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirement demonstrations, saying the Supreme Court’s decision to review the demos’ legality means a rescission needs to occur quickly.

January 25, 2021 | Daily News

AARP has sued CMS over the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to stop imposing per-day fines on nursing homes that don’t meet certain CMS health and safety requirements.

January 24, 2021 | Daily News

The COVID-19 public health emergency is expected to continue through the end of 2021, Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran wrote in a Jan. 22 letter to governors, signaling the temporary 6.2% bump in federal Medicaid matching funds and a slew of other Medicare and Medicaid emergency waivers put in place during the pandemic will not end soon.

January 24, 2021 | Daily News

Experts say President Joe Biden could stop Medicaid programs from hemorrhaging beneficiaries once the public health emergency ends by reworking some regulations and rewriting a Trump administration guidance on how to restart the redetermination process -- otherwise some experts predict up to 30% of Medicaid beneficiaries could lose insurance.

January 22, 2021 | Daily News

The National Health Law Program says its petition this week asking Biden’s HHS to scrap an 11th-hour memo by former CMS Administrator Seema Verma that aims to protect controversial Trump-era Medicaid 1115 demonstrations stands, even though one of President Joe Biden’s first executive orders scrapped the groundwork for the petition process.

January 21, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration's COVID-19 response strategy boosts funding for community health centers and offers more help to safety net providers and nursing homes, and it asks CMS to consider increasing its pay rate for vaccine administration and to take any steps necessary to promote coverage of safe and effective COVID-19 treatments and care.

January 20, 2021 | Daily News

The National Health Law Program petitioned the Biden administration on its first day in office to scrap an 11th-hour memo by former CMS Administrator Seema Verma that critics say is aimed at protecting work requirements and other controversial Medicaid policies put in place by the Trump administration.

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