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March 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate passed a second legislative package to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday (March 18) that includes provisions to ensure all individuals, including those with private plans, Medicare or Medicare Advantage and Medicaid can access COVID-19 tests at no cost and allow states to cover the uninsured under Medicaid for COVID-19 testing and related medical visits.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

As the Senate moves to pass a second coronavirus stimulus package and draft a third, provider groups are continuing to urge Congress to provide them with more funding and expanded telehealth authority.

March 17, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to his colleagues on Tuesday (March 17) calling for additional funding for hospital providers to help manage their response to COVID-19 as Congress prepares a third legislative package to tackle the pandemic.

March 17, 2020 | Daily News

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) unveiled on Monday (March 16) a plan to accept capped Medicaid spending while implementing work requirements, premiums and other conservative policies as the state seeks to be the first to take advantage of controversial new guidance from CMS inviting states to convert portions of their Medicaid programs into block-grant-style funding.

March 17, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (March 17) approved a 1135 waiver for Florida’s Medicaid program, just days after a national emergency declaration prompted a series of blanket waivers and encouragement from CMS for states to submit waivers for additional flexibilities in their Medicaid programs to respond to COVID-19.

March 16, 2020 | Daily News

Immigrants who receive Medicaid-funded testing or treatment for COVID-19 will not be penalized under the Trump administration’s so-called public charge rule, federal immigration authorities announced late Friday (March 13).

March 16, 2020 | Daily News

Community health centers on Monday (March 16) called on Congress to include an immediate increase in funding for community health centers as well as long-term funding for the centers, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program in its latest coronavirus package that passed the House late Friday (March 13).

March 12, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic primary candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden both proposed the U.S. government prevent pharmaceutical companies from price gouging patients for critical supplies during the coronavirus outbreak and make testing, vaccines and treatments free of charge.

March 12, 2020 | Daily News

A new stimulus package House Democrats unveiled Wednesday night (March 11) aimed at combating economic fallout from the outbreak of COVID-19 would temporarily increase the federal match for state Medicaid, a move backed by former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and policy analysts.

March 12, 2020 | Daily News

Medicaid Health Plans of America asks CMS to promptly take steps to make it easier for states to address COVID-19: The group says CMS should encourage states to forgo cost-sharing for Medicaid beneficiaries dealing with COVID-19, and issue additional guidance on Medicaid telehealth, prescription refills and how to handle face-to-face care management meetings.

March 11, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (March 11) unanimously approved three bills that would strengthen patient protections for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday (March 10) told nurse practitioners to keep coming up with ideas on ways HHS could empower nurses, months after CMS had given stakeholders a short time to provide recommendations on how to ease stringent Medicare regulations that could stop such providers from working to the top of their license.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

Providers and hospitals said Monday that the long-awaited final HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT interoperability rule doesn’t do enough to protect patient privacy in third-party apps, even as the Trump administration reiterates that the rule was crafted with privacy in mind.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT finalized its long-awaited interoperability rule on Monday (March 9), adding an additional exception to information blocking and streamlining some definitions in the rule, as well as addressing data privacy in third-party apps.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

The American Medical Group Association is urging CMS to quickly implement the Medicare telehealth waiver authority granted by the supplemental COVID-19 funding legislation, but the Center for Connected Health Policy says there are hurdles to using telehealth during the public health crisis.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic senators are demanding HHS immediately reverse actions that have undermined the Affordable Care Act and other policies that could impede consumers’ ability to get coverage amid the coronavirus outbreak, and pledge to ensure any coronavirus vaccine will be affordable.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

Three Democratic lawmakers called on HHS to allow states to use 1115 waivers to cover more uninsured people under Medicaid amid COVID-19 concerns, as they criticized CMS Administrator Seema Verma for saying the uninsured can go to community health centers for testing,

March 05, 2020 | Daily News

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) sparred with HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan on proposed changes to graduate medical education and cuts to Medicaid in the Trump administration’s fiscal 2021 budget as Hargan, and one Republican lawmaker, reiterated that the budget doesn’t cut Medicaid.

March 04, 2020 | Daily News

A federal judge on Wednesday (March 4) invalidated Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements in the latest court decision against CMS’ approval of the controversial policy. Utah is now the only state in the country with active Medicaid work requirements, though penalties for non-compliance do not kick in until later this year.

March 04, 2020 | Daily News

CMS released guidance and action steps to improve how nursing homes and hospitals prevent and treat COVID-19 after meeting with members of the long-term care industry on Wednesday (March 4) -- a move expected to result in state surveyors inspecting at least 15,000 nursing homes across the country.

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