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September 15, 2020 | Daily News

Health care advocates say the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which found more than a million fewer Americans had health insurance in 2019 than in the previous year even as the median income hit record highs, show the Trump administration’s policies are undermining coverage.

September 14, 2020 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday (Sept. 14) said the agency will be withdrawing its controversial Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation, a move cheered by providers and Medicaid directors that were worried about the amount of funding the policy, if finalized, would have cut from the program.

September 11, 2020 | Daily News

Americans who receive Medicaid coverage for COVID-19 testing and diagnostic services under the option created by the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) are still eligible to for tax credits to help purchase comprehensive ACA-compliant coverage, the Treasury Department and IRS affirms in guidance out Thursday (Sept. 10).

September 11, 2020 | Daily News

Behavioral health providers say that while Congress stalls again on stimulus package negotiations, facilities are suspending programs and furloughing staff despite a growing demand for services.

September 09, 2020 | Daily News

Data from 30 states show that Medicaid enrollment increased by about 8.4% from February through July as Americans lost jobs and related income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

September 09, 2020 | Daily News

HHS in early August unveiled an 84-page roadmap to improve rural health that includes a number of policy initiatives and recommendations, including calls to expand care for postpartum depression, award grants for telehealth expansion and ease state licensure restrictions.

September 09, 2020 | Daily News

The White House is asking Congress to fund certain so-called Medicare and Medicaid extenders -- most of which are set to run through Nov. 30 -- as part of an expected continuing resolution to keep the government open in fiscal 2021, and an Office of Management and Budget document obtained by sister news service Inside Defense also says the White House would consider other policies that often ride along with the extenders, like a delay in cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments.

September 03, 2020 | Daily News

CMS is urging states to use Medicaid Disaster Relief State Plan Amendments to shore up nursing homes that have been pleading for months for more funding, but one lobbyist said the SPAs are temporary patches on an underfunded system and National Association of Medicaid Directors Executive Director Matt Salo said states may not be able to sustainably fund their share of the pay bumps.

September 02, 2020 | Daily News

Texas on Tuesday (Sept. 1) followed in the footsteps of California by offering postpartum services to low-income beneficiaries up to one year after giving birth through its Healthy Texas Women program, becoming the second state in the nation to implement such a policy.

September 01, 2020 | Daily News

Close to 12 million people have been cut off employer-sponsored health coverage since the start of the pandemic, yet Medicaid rolls have only expanded by 4 million, a new study from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds.

August 25, 2020 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals called on CMS to immediately reverse its plan to potentially remove hospitals from Medicare and Medicaid if they don’t report COVID-19 data to HHS, with AHA calling the changes to hospital conditions of participation unveiled on Tuesday (Aug. 25) disturbing and heavy-handed.

August 20, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Thursday (Aug. 20) announced it has awarded $35 million in grants to 50 rural organizations to boost telehealth, the health care workforce, health research, assistance for rural hospitals and HIV care.

August 17, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (Aug. 17) announced it will resume all regular inspections of nursing homes, after postponing them earlier this year as nursing homes grappled with COVID-19 outbreaks.

August 14, 2020 | Daily News

A bicameral bill would improve data collection on COVID-19's impacts on pregnant and postpartum people, coming after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in June that pregnant people may face higher risks of severe COVID-19.

August 14, 2020 | Daily News

Oklahoma has withdrawn its controversial block grant proposal from CMS after Oklahoma voters earlier this summer voted to expand Medicaid with language barring the state from seeking policies to make it more difficult to qualify for Medicaid.

August 13, 2020 | Daily News

Safety net hospitals, nursing homes, governors, Medicaid plans, employers and others are again asking CMS to scrap its planned Medicaid fiscal accountability regulation that would make changes to the program’s supplemental payments, as the stakeholders say it was proposed before COVID-19 altered the health and economic landscape and states can’t handle drastic cuts in the new environment.

August 11, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (Aug. 11) gave details on its new rural health model, previously laid out in a recent executive order, and said the demo will have a track for rural communities and a track for accountable care organizations, with the first applications likely opening in September.

August 11, 2020 | Daily News

At a White House roundtable on Tuesday (Aug. 11), CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency continues to examine policies around audio-only telehealth and touted an upcoming regulation on using telehealth for physician supervision purposes.

August 06, 2020 | Daily News

California’s Department of Health Care Services on Aug. 1 implemented a first-in-the-nation program that allows low-income beneficiaries who became eligible for Medicaid during pregnancy to remain on Medicaid up to one year after giving birth if they’ve been diagnosed with a maternal mental health disorder, including postpartum depression.

August 06, 2020 | Daily News

The buy-American executive order that the president will sign Thursday (Aug. 6) aims to avoid raising drug prices by making it easier to build advanced U.S. manufacturing facilities that make drugs from start to finish, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said Thursday morning.