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February 14, 2020 | Daily News

A federal appeals court on Friday (Feb. 14) ruled that work requirements do not advance the purpose of Medicaid, dealing another serious blow to one of the Trump administration’s signature health care policies.

February 14, 2020 | Daily News

Indiana is asking CMS to let the state extend its Medicaid program, called the Healthy Indiana Plan, for an additional 10 years, to 2030, after closing the door on the possibility of using the agency’s newly unveiled guidance to block grant its program.

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar assured senators on Thursday (Feb. 13) that CMS would work with states on their Medicaid financing if the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation is finalized, just one day after CMS Administrator Seema Verma called critics of the rule alarmist and concerns about potential Medicaid funding cuts under the rule overblown.

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office released a report on Wednesday (Feb. 12) suggesting that CMS should be able use state audits to more accurately measure Medicaid improper eligibility rates -- payments tied to ineligible beneficiaries -- to allow the agency to better recoup those payments.

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Center for American Progress is recommending several policies to help states cut drug costs, but it is not enthusiastic about drug imports.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (Feb. 12) asked stakeholders for suggestions on how to improve rural maternal health and increase the readiness of rural providers, particularly for obstetric emergencies.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma said those alleging the agency’s proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation will cut billions of dollars from Medicaid are alarmists without credibility, and she tried to assure stakeholders in a blog post Wednesday that the rule is not intended to scale back Medicaid pay.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration again proposed making it easier for states to extend Medicaid coverage for up to one year after a beneficiary with a history of substance use disorders has a baby, despite repeated calls by maternal health advocates to allow states to extend coverage for all postpartum beneficiaries.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget would cut nearly a trillion dollars from Medicaid over 10 years, impose mandatory work requirements in the program and give CMS more leeway to recoup improper payments.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s proposed 2021 budget unveiled Monday (Feb. 10) would exempt qualified residential treatment programs from a restriction that prevents Medicaid from paying for inpatient stays in certain large facilities.

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

The House voted Thursday night (Feb. 6) to condemn CMS’ plan to allow Medicaid block grants, calling it an illegal policy and a “cruel attack on a program that provides for the health and well-being for some of our most vulnerable citizens.”

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

A leading telehealth company and health plans suggest closing the gap on access to mental and behavioral health services is a top priority for virtual care in 2020 as they continue to adjust telehealth services to consumers’ needs and push lawmakers to pass legislation expanding access to such services.

February 05, 2020 | Daily News

The House Oversight & Reform Committee is already probing the Trump administration’s national drug strategy that was released Monday (Feb. 4), continuing the work of the late Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) who last year questioned the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on what he called an inadequate strategy.

February 03, 2020 | Daily News

Governors, hospitals and nursing homes tell CMS to withdraw its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation as it would hurt states’ ability to fund their programs and the agency hasn’t really looked at the proposal’s impact, while Medicaid directors ask CMS to talk with states and refine the regulatory provisions through multiple rules.

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic House leadership announced Friday (Jan. 31) that the House plans to vote on a resolution to disapprove of the Trump administration’s block grant guidance unveiled Thursday.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

CMS’ plan to allow states to receive a capped amount of federal money for parts of their Medicaid programs is the latest instance of the agency aggressively pushing the boundaries of its legal authority -- and the likelihood of protracted court challenges over the policy may deter states from adopting it, according to health lawyers and regulatory experts.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

Providers, beneficiary advocates and Democratic lawmakers quickly slammed as partisan politics the Trump administration’s Thursday (Jan. 30) decision to let states receive block grants for optional Medicaid populations, coming as the Republican governor of Oklahoma said he plans to take advantage of the opportunity.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

CMS’ new policy that ties closed Medicaid drug formularies to block grants is a double whammy for the drug industry because sources say block grants amplify the negotiating power of closed formularies.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

Advocates for non-opioid pain management alternatives are calling on policymakers to increase access to non-opioid pain management alternatives, including unbundling certain drugs in outpatient settings and increasing provider training.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

Advocates for non-opioid pain management alternatives are calling on policymakers to increase access to non-opioid pain management alternatives, including unbundling certain drugs in outpatient settings and increasing provider training.

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