President signs stop-gap funding bill

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President Trump today signed a continuing resolution funding the federal government at current levels through Dec. 22, preventing a government shutdown tonight when the current CR expires. Approved by the House and Senate last night, the stop-gap measure also will allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid... read more

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

Much at Stake as Congress Completes Work for the Year

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Health care has been the top issue in Congress all year, and December is shaping up to be no different. The tax reform bills working their way through Congress could mean major changes for America’s hospitals and health systems.

Because each house will likely pass different versions of tax reform, they... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

NGA urges congressional leaders to take 'immediate action' on CHIP

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The National Governors Association yesterday urged House and Senate leaders to take “immediate action” on the Children’s Health Insurance Program. While CHIP is authorized to operate through Oct. 1, 2019, legislative action is needed to continue funding the program, which expired Sept. 30. “CHIP is a... read more

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Tag: child health

House passes bill to extend CHIP funding, Medicaid DSH relief

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The House today voted 242-174 to approve the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act of 2017 (H.R. 3922), legislation that includes a five-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and two years of relief from Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts. Among the CHIP... read more

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Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid, access

House committee passes bills to extend CHIP funding, reduce EHR burden

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee last night voted 28-23 along party lines to approve legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. The federal matching rate would remain at 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Coverage

Senate committee passes bill to extend CHIP funding for five years

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The Senate Finance Committee today approved by voice vote 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 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a... read more

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Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

Energy and Commerce leaders unveil bill to extend funding for CHIP

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) last night unveiled a bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022, modify reductions in Medicaid disproportionate share payments to hospitals and provide $1 billion in Medicaid funding to Puerto... read more

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Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

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

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Tags: child health, Coverage

Senate Finance leaders announce CHIP funding agreement

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) yesterday announced an agreement to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years. The lawmakers expect to release legislative language for the funding extension in the coming days. Created... read more

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Tags: child health, Coverage

HHS eases certain provider requirements due to hurricane emergencies

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price yesterday declared a public health emergency in Florida due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are available. The... read more

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Tags: child health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, HIPAA

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