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September 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic demonstration program will lose its funding on Friday (Sept. 13) if the Senate does not act to pass another extension, and, despite reassurances by senators that funding is a priority, nothing appears to be moving forward ahead of that deadline.

September 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Nebraska Supreme Court has declined to hear a lawsuit -- at least for now -- that seeks to force state officials to speed up their implementation of the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

September 11, 2019 | Daily News

A panel of two liberal judges and one conservative judge will decide the Trump administration’s appeal of rulings that blocked Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.

September 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Center for American Progress is pushing a number of policy options to help struggling rural hospitals stay open, some of which echo policy platforms from Democratic presidential hopefuls, and the left-leaning group is also imploring the Trump administration to stop allowing states to waive non-emergency medical transportation benefits in Medicaid.

September 10, 2019 | Daily News

A drop-off in Medicaid enrollment was the primary driver of the nation’s uninsured rate climbing to 8.5% in 2018 -- the first year since 2009 that the rate increased, according to national census data released Tuesday (Sept. 10).

September 10, 2019 | Daily News

House Republicans at a hearing Tuesday (Sept. 10) worried that passing federal legislation to ensure Medicaid coverage for beneficiaries up to one year after giving birth would prevent states from deciding how long new mothers should be covered by the program.

September 10, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic advocates and lawmakers on Tuesday (Sept. 10) blasted the Trump administration’s health policy agenda after the U.S. Census found nearly 2 million people more were uninsured in 2018 than in 2017, and they warned that the Department of Justice’s stance against Obamacare in the Texas lawsuit could further destroy the health care system.

September 09, 2019 | Daily News

Maternal health advocates applauded a CMS issue brief on improving rural maternal health, but some advocates say the agency can still go further to extend Medicaid for postpartum women, and one researcher added that the report’s lack of a discussion on Medicaid expansion is a glaring omission.

September 09, 2019 | Daily News

The American Medical Association (AMA) said Medicaid is leading the way in combating the opioid crisis and outlined opportunities for the program to further expand treatment for opioid-use disorders, including by removing barriers to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), providing more non-opioid pain management options and expanding access to providers who treat substance-use disorders.

September 05, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (Sept. 5) finalized a sweeping program-integrity rule -- first proposed under the Obama administration -- that gives the agency greater latitude to block health care providers from participating in Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program if they are affiliated with entities who are deemed to pose a heightened risk of fraud, waste or abuse.

September 05, 2019 | Daily News

Planned Parenthood’s telehealth app that allows patients to order birth control pills for home delivery doesn’t take insurance, including Medicaid.

September 04, 2019 | Daily News

Missouri is the latest state in which Medicaid advocates will push for a 2020 ballot initiative to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act.

September 03, 2019 | Daily News

Illinois improperly paid Medicaid managed care plans on behalf of beneficiaries who were deceased, according to a new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General that is the latest in a series of audits that found at least eight states have issued Medicaid payments on behalf of dead people.

August 30, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) are seeking information from CMS and external auditing organizations about the quality of long-term services and supports being provided through Medicaid managed care.

August 29, 2019 | Daily News

Advocates for Medicaid expansion in Nebraska filed a lawsuit Wednesday (Aug. 28) seeking to force state officials to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion nearly a year earlier than the Republican governor’s planned October 2020 launch date.

August 29, 2019 | Daily News

Substance use disorder and mental health advocates are concerned that loosening the strict privacy scheme that protects substance use treatment records will make it easier for these records to get in the hands of law enforcement and could make people fearful of seeking treatment.

August 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s so-called public charge rule will deter many immigrant families from enrolling their children in Medicaid, potentially undermining decades of work to expand children’s coverage, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families argues in a new report.

August 27, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg unveiled a proposal Friday (Aug. 23) to tackle mental illness and substance use disorders by increasing Medicaid reimbursement for related services, requiring Medicare and Medicaid to cover medication-assisted treatment, and tackling social isolation and social determinants of health through Medicare and Medicaid interventions.

August 26, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (Aug. 23) instructed state Medicaid agencies on how to take full advantage of federal rules that allow them to recoup money from the U.S. sponsors of legal immigrants if those immigrants use Medicaid benefits, including potentially suing the sponsors if they don’t pay up.

August 22, 2019 | Daily News

The number of Medicaid-covered prescriptions for buprenorphine, a key drug used to treat opioid addiction, increased dramatically in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act while remaining relatively static in non-expansion states, according to a new study from researchers at the Urban Institute.