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

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

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

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Tag: Medicaid

AHA opposes Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace parts of the ACA

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The AHA today voiced opposition to a proposal introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans... read more

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Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

CMS extends FL Medicaid demonstration waiver

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week extended Florida’s Managed Medical Assistance section 1115 demonstration waiver through 2022. It allows the state to operate a capitated Medicaid managed care program and low-income pool to provide continuing support for safety-net providers that... read more

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Tag: Medicaid

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

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Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, Behavioral health

CMS: 16.7 million enroll in Medicaid/CHIP since October 2013

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More than 16.7 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and April 30, 2017, increasing total enrollment in the programs by more than 29% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a ... read more

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Tags: child health, Enrollment, Coverage, Medicaid

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From the onset of this debate, America’s hospitals and health systems have been guided by a set of key principles that would protect coverage for Americans. Unfortunately, the draft bill under discussion in the Senate to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act moves in the opposite direction,... read more

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Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access, leadership, members

AHA urges Senate committee to protect coverage

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The AHA on May 25 urged the Senate Finance Committee to “make continued coverage a priority” as it considers changes to the Affordable Care Act.

“We believe that any changes to the ACA must be guided by ensuring that we continue to provide health care coverage for the tens of millions of Americans who... read more

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Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

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