Senate Finance leaders introduce bill to extend CHIP funding for five years

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) yesterday introduced legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. Under the KIDS Act (S. 1827), the program’s federal matching rate would remain at current... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage

Survey: Premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage up 3% in 2017

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The average annual premium for employer-sponsored family health coverage rose 3% this year to $18,764, including employer and worker contributions, according to the latest annual survey of employer-sponsored health insurance by the Kaiser Family Foundation and AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust.... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

HHS pursuing nasal spray treatment for cyanide poisoning

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The Department of Health and Human Services has contracted with Emergent BioSolutions to develop and test a nasal spray treatment for cyanide poisoning. Exposure to high levels of cyanide, a potential chemical weapon, can cause death within minutes. “All currently approved cyanide antidotes are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

Hospital groups urge Congress to delay Medicaid DSH cuts

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Nine national hospital organizations, including the AHA, today urged Congress to continue to delay cuts to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of Medicaid and uninsured patients. “Unfortunately, the coverage rates envisioned under the [Affordable Care Act] have not been fully realized, and tens... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

HHS program to reimburse certain patients evacuated from Irma

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The National Disaster Medical System has activated its Definitive Care Reimbursement Program for about 85 patients medically evacuated from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma, the Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday. The program reimburses NDMS-designated... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

HHS awards grants to expand access to opioid disorder treatment

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Friday awarded $144.1 million in grants to states, cities, health care providers and community organizations to prevent and treat opioid addiction. “These grants will help expand treatment and recovery services to pregnant and postpartum women... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

CBO projects 15% premium increase for 2018 benchmark plans

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The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation expect premiums for benchmark plans in the non-group health insurance market to increase by roughly 15% in 2018, according to a report released yesterday. The agencies attribute the projected increase largely to “short-term market uncertainty... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Medicare announces quality reporting exceptions for Hurricane Irma

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Certain hospitals and other facilities in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Irma will be granted exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs without submitting an extraordinary circumstances request, the Centers for Medicare... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, disaster readiness

CMS webinar Sept. 18 on new Medicare card

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday will host a webinar for health care providers on the new Medicare beneficiary enrollment cards. Earlier this week, CMS revealed for the first time publicly the newly-designed Medicare card, which contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Medtronic recalls diabetes infusion sets

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Medtronic has recalled certain diabetes infusion sets used with its insulin pumps to replace a component that may lead to over-delivery of insulin after an infusion set change. Medtronic recommends that customers use only infusion sets made with the new membrane, available since April, and carefully... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: patient safety

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