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March 27, 2020 | Daily News

The House passed a third coronavirus stimulus package on Friday (March 27) and it now goes to the president’s desk.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump signed a third coronavirus stimulus package on Friday (March 27), just hours after the House passed it.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

Health insurers are looking to future stimulus bills after the latest Senate COVID-19 response bill, which is on track to clear the House, didn’t include key marketplace stabilization measures requested by the industry -- even though many of insurers’ proposals made it into the House Democratic bill unveiled earlier this week.

March 26, 2020 | Daily News

Women’s health advocates are concerned that a provision in the third coronavirus stimulus package passed by the Senate late Wednesday night (March 25) excludes non-profits, such as Planned Parenthood, from accessing Small Business Administration loans, after the original draft provision was tweaked as to not exclude non-profits that receive Medicaid.

March 26, 2020 | Daily News

HHS asked governors in a letter Tuesday (March 24) to expand access to providers during the COVID-19 emergency by relaxing provider licensure and supervision requirements, and increasing liability protections.

March 25, 2020 | Daily News

The latest version of the Senate stimulus package includes a fix clarifying that anyone with Medicaid benefits that are not considered minimum essential coverage will still be eligible to get coverage for COVID-19-related expenses, per the Coronavirus response legislation passed last week.

March 25, 2020 | Daily News

CMS appears to be backing off a plan to issue a rule that was intended to tighten states’ Medicaid eligibility determinations.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

State Medicaid programs are barred from kicking anyone off Medicaid, reducing benefits or charging higher premiums if they wish to receive the enhanced federal matching funds that Congress provided in the March 18 coronavirus emergency aid package, CMS told states in new guidance Tuesday (March 24). States also must comply with the law’s requirement to cover all testing and treatment related to COVID-19 without any cost-sharing.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

A draft compromise of lawmakers’ third response to the COVID-19 pandemic circulating on Tuesday (March 24) would fund the so-called health extenders and delay Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payment cuts only through Nov. 30 -- matching policies in House Democrats’ version of the bill, but providing a shorter extension than the Senate GOP's initial plan to extend the funding until 2022 or fiscal 2022.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

A draft coronavirus stimulus compromise circulating Tuesday (March 24) contains the same Medicare and Medicaid provisions the Senate Republicans had in their package that failed a cloture vote over the weekend.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (March 23) approved emergency Medicaid waivers for 11 more states, giving them more flexibility to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Health Resources and Services Administration on Tuesday (March 24) awarded $100 million in grants to over 1,300 health centers to assist in their COVID-19 emergency response.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate compromise stimulus bill hammered out Tuesday (March 24) fails to include Affordable Care Act reforms pushed by House Democrats Monday that would lift barriers to coverage and support stability in the marketplace.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

The House Democrats’ coronavirus stimulus bill introduced Monday night (March 23) includes numerous provisions to further increase the federal Medicaid match, incentivize the use of telehealth and stop a controversial proposed Medicaid rule.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

The House Democrats’ phase-three COVID-19 response bill would postpone scheduled pay cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospitals, temporarily increase Medicaid DSH allotments during the pandemic emergency, and provide short-term funding for community health centers and a variety of so-called health extenders.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) blasted President Donald Trump and his administration’s response to the growing coronavirus pandemic for failing to open a healthcare.gov special enrollment period or to urge states to expand Medicaid, in a call Monday (March 23) marking the 10-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

March 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate GOP’s third COVID-19 response package would fund a number of so-called health extenders through 2021 or through the end of that fiscal year, including funding for community health centers, and would delay the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay cuts until fiscal 2022, as well.

March 22, 2020 | Daily News

The updated phase three coronavirus package unveiled Sunday (March 22) by Senate Republicans keeps all the provisions proposed by the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday (March 19), including language expanding telehealth and increasing funding for community health centers.

March 20, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (March 19) approved a 1135 waiver for Washington’s Medicaid program, marking the second such waiver following one approved for Florida on Tuesday (March 17).

March 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Finance and Senate health committees released their proposals for a third coronavirus stimulus package on Thursday (March 19) that includes new supplemental funding for community health centers, ups pay to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients and further expands telehealth.

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