Council hosts Pollack, Tavenner for health care policy discussion

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The Nashville Health Care Council yesterday hosted a health care policy discussion with CEOs from the AHA and America’s Health Insurance Plans, where topics ranged from the uncertainty surrounding proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to the state of Medicaid and the proposal to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Redefining the H, Medicaid

Preserving Medicaid is a Priority

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When Congress returns next week, Republican leaders intend on advancing legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act – legislation which would currently include the possible redesign of the Medicaid program. Medicaid today provides coverage to more than 70 million children and poor,... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, access

Survey: Most states planning on federal funding for CHIP to continue

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Most governors are planning upcoming budgets that assume federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program will continue, according to a survey released today by the National Academy for State Health Policy. Thirty-three of the 40 states responding to the December survey said their proposed... read more

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

Senate Finance Committee holds confirmation hearing for CMS administrator

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The Senate Finance Committee today held a confirmation hearing for health care consultant Seema Verma, President Trump’s nominee to serve as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator. During the hearing, Verma voiced support for helping rural and other health care providers avoid unnecessary... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Medicaid, leadership, regulation

CMS: U.S. health spending projected to grow 5.6% annually over decade

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Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow an average 5.6% annually during 2016-2025, outpacing average projected growth in gross domestic product by 1.2 percentage points, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary reported today. As a result, the... read more

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

CDC survey: 8.8% of U.S. residents uninsured in first 9 months of 2016

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An estimated 28.2 million U.S. residents (8.8%) lacked health insurance when surveyed during the first nine months of 2016, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The uninsured rate for adults under age 65 was 9.3% in Medicaid expansion states and 17.5% in... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Vermont announces Next Generation Medicaid Program

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Gov. Phil Scott last week announced the Next Generation Medicaid Program, which will test a Medicaid accountable care organization model as part of the recently launched Vermont All-Payer ACO Model. Under the one-year Medicaid agreement, OneCare Vermont will contract with the Department of Vermont Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

AHA comments on PACE proposal for people under 55

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The AHA generally supports advancing new models of care for younger populations that could benefit from the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for policy analysis and development, told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today, responding to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

Senate approves Price nomination for HHS secretary

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The Senate early today voted 52-47 along party lines to approve President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to serve as Health and Human Services secretary. Price, who has served on the House Ways and Means Committee and as chairman of the House Budget Committee, spent most of his career working... read more

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

Bills to count certain income toward Medicaid, CHIP eligibility advance in House

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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today approved legislation that would count certain income when determining eligibility for Medicaid. H.R. 829, approved 20-12 as amended, would require states to consider certain lump sum payments when determining modified adjusted gross income for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

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