CMS extends ground ambulance, home health moratoria

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today extended for another six months its moratoria on enrollment of new Medicare home health agencies in Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Texas, and on new Part B non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. The extension also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, home health

Medicaid expansion states report easier access to behavioral health care

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Up to one in three Medicaid expansion enrollees received outpatient behavioral health treatment in 2014 in four states examined by the Government Accountability Office: Iowa, New York, Washington and West Virginia. Officials in the three states expanding Medicaid to this population for the first time said... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, Behavioral health

Revised BCRA released; straight repeal scored

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Senate leaders today released a revised draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The updated bill omits an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would have allowed insurers who sell a minimum number of compliant health plans on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

House FY 2018 budget plan clears committee

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The House Budget Committee last night voted 22-14 to approve a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that would balance the budget within 10 years. The plan incorporates the House-passed American Health Care Act, sets the non-defense discretionary spending level at $511 billion, and instructs the Ways and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

Heading Into the Ninth

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Last month, we urged the Senate to go back to the drawing board after its original proposal included dramatic cuts to the Medicaid program and the loss of health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

If enacted, the Better Care Reconciliation Act would mean real consequences for real people –... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Patients and providers urge Congress to protect health coverage

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At an event this morning in Charleston, WV, patients and their advocates highlighted concerns with recent proposals to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the recent Senate proposal. Speakers included the mother of a young cancer patient, a heart patient, stroke survivor and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

ND providers to Senate: Go back to drawing board on health care reform

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The North Dakota Hospital Association and North Dakota Medical Association last week shared their concerns about the U.S. Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act in an op-ed in the Jamestown Sun. “NDHA and NDMA support maintaining key insurance market reforms, such as prohibiting pre-existing condition... read more

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

CMS delays new requirements for HH agencies by six months

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today delayed the effective date from July 13, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2018 for its final rule implementing significant changes to the requirements for home health agencies that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as requested by the AHA. CMS also made... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, home health

CMS finalizes changes to Medicaid, CHIP eligibility review programs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued a final rule updating the Payment Error Rate Measurement and Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control programs to reflect how states adjudicate eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program under the Affordable Care Act,... read more

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

CBO: Senate health bill would reduce Medicaid spending 35% in 2036

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Federal Medicaid spending under the Better Care Reconciliation Act would be 35% lower in 2036, according to a new analysis released late this afternoon by the Congressional Budget Office. CBO, the non-partisan federal agency that produces independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

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