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March 04, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is urging the administration to delay any moves aimed at rolling back the requirement that states provide non-emergency medical transportation to Medicaid beneficiaries in light of a provision in last year’s spending legislation that requires congressional advisers review the issue prior to regulatory action.

March 04, 2020 | Daily News

The hospital lobby says a proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability rule would harm children in hospitals more than other patients and reiterated its call for CMS to rescind the proposal.

March 03, 2020 | Daily News

CMS plans to issue this spring several overdue Medicaid guidance documents meant to help states tackle the nation’s drug overdose crisis, an agency official told lawmakers Tuesday (March 3) in response to questions triggered by an Inside Health Policy investigation of the Trump administration’s lagging implementation of a major opioid law.

March 02, 2020 | Daily News

A lawyer for the federal government on Monday (March 2) downplayed the risk that the Trump administration’s so-called public charge rule will have a chilling effect on Medicaid enrollment, telling a panel of federal appellate judges that immigrants who disenroll from Medicaid out of fear of the rule are confused about what the rule does.

March 02, 2020 | Daily News

Congress’ Medicaid advisers are considering recommending that states be required to align Medicare Savings Program eligibility rules on income, household size and asset tests with the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy to reduce burden and boost enrollment.

February 28, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from the Center for American Progress ties partisan gerrymandering, a practice of drawing district lines to favor politicians or parties, to states being able to block Medicaid expansion bills from passing.

February 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission signaled Thursday (Feb. 27) that it is warming up to the idea of recommending that Congress pass a bill extending Medicaid for up to one year for beneficiaries who just had a baby.

February 26, 2020 | Daily News

The federal government’s new policy of penalizing legal immigrants if they are deemed likely to use Medicaid took heat Wednesday (Feb. 26) from two federal appellate judges, who invoked the coronavirus outbreak to emphasize the importance of encouraging people to seek preventive health care.

February 26, 2020 | Daily News

After criticizing stakeholders in recent weeks for not getting onboard HHS’ upcoming interoperability rules, HHS Secretary Alex Azar adopted a more conciliatory tone on Wednesday (Feb. 26), telling a House panel he has engaged directly with health IT company Epic about its issues with the regulation and hopes to be “reflective of those concerns” as much as the department can.

February 26, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar stressed Wednesday (Feb. 26) that HHS will not approve any state Medicaid waivers that would block grant coverage for pregnant women, low-income parents, children or people with disabilities.

February 26, 2020 | Daily News

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and CMS released a wide-ranging list of proposals to reduce the burdens that health information technology such as electronic health records pose to physicians and other frontline providers -- including recommendations to better automate prior authorization.

February 25, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar confirmed Tuesday at a Senate appropriations health subcommittee that the Trump administration proposed in its fiscal 2021 budget to eliminate the enhanced federal match for states that expanded Medicaid.

February 24, 2020 | Daily News

Federal immigration officials on Monday (Feb. 24) began enforcing new rules that will deny green cards and some visas to immigrants who are in poor health or deemed likely to rely on Medicaid.

February 24, 2020 | Daily News

Medicaid managed care plans negotiate prescription drug costs and encourage the use of generics more than traditional Medicaid, driving down net costs per prescription, according to a study by The Menges Group and that was put together for America’s Health Insurance Plans.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

More Americans than ever approve of the Affordable Care Act as it nears its 10-year anniversary, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll out Friday (Feb. 21), the same day the Supreme Court met behind closed doors to discuss whether to review the high-profile GOP suit to strike the law.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates recommend lawmakers allow children without health insurance to be automatically enrolled in Medicaid upon leaving the hospital at birth and extend such coverage through age six when a child enrolls in school in order to stem growing uninsured rates among children that they say are the result of red tape and immigration regulations from the Trump administration, according to a recent report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

February 20, 2020 | Daily News

CMS expects to announce in 2020 new policies to cut down on regional variation in penalties nursing homes face when they don’t meet certain Medicare and Medicaid requirements, and while nursing homes say such a move is needed, one beneficiary advocate says it could lead to CMS lowering the fines that providers face when they don’t provide quality care.

February 19, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir said Tuesday (Feb. 18) the department will be unveiling more new initiatives to improve maternal health this year and doubled down on HHS’ focus on improving maternal outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries with substance use disorders.

February 18, 2020 | Daily News

A group of Democratic senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump Friday (Feb. 14) urging him to direct the Department of Justice to drop its support of the high-profile Texas v. United States case challenging the Affordable Care Act after he failed to offer up alternative policies protecting people with preexisting conditions in his $4.8 trillion budget released Feb. 10.

February 18, 2020 | Daily News

Behavioral health advocates sent a letter Friday (Feb. 14) to congressional leaders again calling for Congress to make a long-term investment in mental health clinics by extending the demo for two years and expanding the number of participating states as part of the May health care package.

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