Trump nominates Azar as HHS secretary

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President Trump today nominated to serve as the next Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, former president of Lilly USA and deputy HHS secretary under the George W. Bush administration. “We welcome the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services,” said... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

Maine voters approve Medicaid expansion; Ohio drug pricing measure rejected

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Voters in Maine yesterday approved a ballot measure that would allow at least 80,000 low-income Maine residents to qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Maine will be the 33rd state (including D.C.) to expand the program under the ACA. It also is the first state in which voters, not... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, drug prices

Verma outlines vision for Medicaid, waiver review changes

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to approve state Medicaid proposals that promote “community engagement activities” for able-bodied, working-age enrollees, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told attendees at the National Association of State Medicaid Directors’ fall conference today. “These... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

Joint Commission updates emergency management standards

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The Joint Commission last week announced updates to its emergency management standards effective Nov.15. Issued in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2016 final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

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

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid, access

Utah receives waiver for limited Medicaid expansion

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week approved a waiver allowing Utah to expand Medicaid services to up to 6,000 low-income adults without children. Adults with incomes up to 5% percent of the federal poverty line who are chronically homeless or suffer from substance use issues would gain... read more

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Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

House passes Senate's FY 2018 budget resolution

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The House of Representatives today voted 216-212 to approve the Senate’s fiscal 2018 budget resolution, which is designed to provide budget reconciliation protection for a tax code overhaul. Approved by the Senate last week, the resolution would allow up to $1.5 trillion in additional deficits over the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, appropriations

AHA shares regulatory relief priorities with CMS

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AHA participated today in a stakeholder listening session hosted by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to formally launch the agency’s regulatory relief effort. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack thanked the agency for recent actions to reduce the regulatory burden on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses, regulation

Survey: Medicaid enrollment growth slows, spending growth to continue

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Medicaid enrollment growth slowed to 2.7% in fiscal year 2017 due to slower enrollment related to the Affordable Care Act, a stable economy and states’ processing of delayed eligibility determinations, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey of state Medicaid directors. In addition,... read more

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Tag: Medicaid

CMS issues FAQs on Medicaid/CHIP mental health parity rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently published frequently asked questions on the implementation of its final rule applying certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid managed care organizations, Medicaid alternative benefit plans and the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicaid

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