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October 15, 2020 | Daily News

Federal judges seemed unconvinced on Thursday (Oct. 15) that the Trump administration’s hospital price transparency rule violates the First Amendment and exceeds HHS’ statutory authority, as the American Hospital Association argued in an appeal to stop the rule.

October 15, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (Oct. 15) approved an 1115 waiver to allow Georgia to partially expand Medicaid and impose work requirements.

October 14, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (Oct. 14) expanded the list of telehealth services Medicare will reimburse, two months after unveiling a proposed rule to make some of the telehealth flexibilities allowed during the pandemic permanent for rural Medicare beneficiaries.

October 14, 2020 | Daily News

Pediatricians and family health care advocates were not surprised by CMS’ findings in September that fewer children are receiving vaccinations or health screenings, but they say the agency’s urgent call to action does not substantively deal with increasing rates of uninsured families and underfunded children’s programs.

October 13, 2020 | Daily News

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday (Oct. 13) urged Medicaid plans to press lawmakers to again increase the federal Medicaid match during the COVID-19 pandemic but acknowledged that a new stimulus bill likely won’t come until after the November election.

October 09, 2020 | Daily News

The nation’s largest insurer recently unveiled a health reform proposal under which states could use the Affordable Care Act’s waiver authority to move lower-income exchange enrollees into a new Medicaid buy-in program, which it says could lower costs by more than 40%, and regulatory authority for the individual market would be returned to the states.

October 07, 2020 | Daily News

HHS is soliciting nominations for a group that will examine policies and strategies to help individuals who were eligible for Medicaid while incarcerated have a seamless transition back into health coverage when they reenter communities, more than a year after the Trump administration missed a SUPPORT Act deadline to set up the group.

October 02, 2020 | Daily News

A new Bipartisan Policy Center report on the opioid crisis says the federal government should do a better job using its opioid funds to target at-risk groups and should revisit Medicaid practices that restrict access to treatment.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Tuesday (Sept. 29) passed a bipartisan bill that would create a new state plan option to extend Medicaid eligibility for up to one year after a beneficiary gives birth, which maternal health advocates applauded.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s proposal to reform the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits by removing the so-called “subsidy cliff” would reduce health care costs for nearly all current marketplace enrollees, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis out just prior to the first presidential debate.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats unveiled a revised $2.2 trillion version of their HEROES legislation that creates a special enrollment period in healthcare.gov and ACA tax credits for anyone who has lost a job, and increases Medicaid matching funds, but does not include subsides for COBRA that large employers, unions and other stakeholders have sought.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

Congress’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program advisers want to look deeper into how Medicaid provider relief efforts are going, after finding that less than 15% of potentially eligible providers applied for Medicaid relief funding by the end of August.

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).