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Hospitals Push Back Against HHS Slashing of Reimbursement Rates
In The News
Hospitals Push Back Against HHS Slashing of Reimbursement Rates
2021-10-12 20:18:41
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services slashed 30% in Medicaid reimbursement rates to eligible hospitals under the 340B drug discount program. The program, which has existed for 29 years, requires manufacturers of pharmaceutical companies under the Medicaid... Read More

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service to Distribute Federal Funding to Rural Hospitals
Health
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service to Distribute Federal Funding to Rural Hospitals
2021-09-23 14:39:15
by Reece Nations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is disbursing an initial amount of $2 million to four health care entities in four states to bolster access to their services in underserved communities. Funds will be distributed to participating hospitals in... Read More

Ohio to Appeal White House Voiding of State’s Medicaid Work Rule
In The News
Ohio to Appeal White House Voiding of State’s Medicaid Work Rule
2021-09-09 15:35:02
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed an appeal of the Biden administration’s withdrawal of the state Medicaid work requirement previously approved by the Trump White House. “Removing a provision that says a healthy, able-bodied individual should... Read More

Undocumented Californians Will Soon Receive Access to Medi-Cal Coverage
In The States
Undocumented Californians Will Soon Receive Access to Medi-Cal Coverage
2021-09-01 19:47:06
by Alexa Hornbeck

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 133, an expansion of Medi-Cal that will provide coverage to undocumented Californians age 50 and over, set to go into effect in May 2022.  “Accessing health coverage through Medicaid... Read More

Pennsylvania Expands Postpartum Coverage for Mothers
Mental Health
Pennsylvania Expands Postpartum Coverage for Mothers
2021-08-13 14:19:05
by Alexa Hornbeck

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Pennsylvania lawmakers recently announced plans to expand the Medicaid postpartum coverage period for mothers. The extension will take effect on April 1, 2022.  “Pennsylvania has worked to protect and support mothers before, during and after birth for... Read More

Health Summit Panel Debates Drug Pricing Proposals
Prescription Drugs
Health Summit Panel Debates Drug Pricing Proposals
2021-06-30 14:31:12
by Alexa Hornbeck

Policymakers and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry debated the cost of prescription drugs and the myriad of proposals on Capitol Hill to bring those prices down at last week's Milken Institute Future of Health Summit. Amitabh Chandra, a health care... Read More

Murray, Brown Urge Colleagues to Expand Primary Care Access for Women And Children
Health
Murray, Brown Urge Colleagues to Expand Primary Care Access for Women And Children
2021-06-02 22:23:08
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, are urging their colleagues to pass the Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women & Children Act. This legislation is intended to expand access to primary care but it languished in... Read More

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Announces Medicaid Expansion Bill Funded By Medical Marijuana
State News
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Announces Medicaid Expansion Bill Funded By Medical Marijuana
2021-02-11 16:03:58
by Sean Trambley

TOPEKA, Kan. – This week, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced legislation to expand Medicaid, known as KanCare, and provide health insurance for 165,000 Kansans. The legislation also establishes a regulatory framework to make Kansas the 48th state to legalize medical... Read More

Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
State News
Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
2020-11-12 21:20:46
by Sean Trambley

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia will allocate $25 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to fund monthly retainer payments for day support programs that provide services for Virginians with developmental disabilities.  These... Read More

KS Senate: Barbara Bollier (D)
Senate Watch
KS Senate: Barbara Bollier (D)
2020-10-28 16:01:49
by TWN Staff

About Bollier: After a career as a doctor, Bollier ran for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. There, she served as an independent voice for Kansans, earning a reputation as a leader willing to work with both political parties.... Read More

Governors Warn New Regs Could Lead to Deep Medicaid Cuts
Medicaid
Governors Warn New Regs Could Lead to Deep Medicaid Cuts
2020-02-07 16:55:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The National Governors Association is warning that a newly proposed regulation by the Trump administration could lead to dramatic cuts in Medicaid and deny health care to millions of low-income Americans. In a bipartisan letter signed by Govs.... Read More

Trump Administration to Allow Medicaid Block Grants
Medicaid
Trump Administration to Allow Medicaid Block Grants
2020-01-30 16:46:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - States will now have the ability to convert part of their Medicaid funding into a block grant under a new program announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday. According to Seema Verma, administrator of... Read More

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Drops Medicaid Work Requirements, Reversing Bevin Policy
Medicaid
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Drops Medicaid Work Requirements, Reversing Bevin Policy

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s controversial plan to impose work requirements and monthly premiums for many Kentucky Medicaid recipients is no more, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday. In one of his first major moves as the... Read More

Wexton Seeks to Restore Autonomy, Dignity to Nursing Home Residents on Medicaid
Entitlements
Wexton Seeks to Restore Autonomy, Dignity to Nursing Home Residents on Medicaid
2019-08-13 21:50:38
by Sean Trambley

In July, freshman Representative Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., introduced the Personal Needs Allowance Modernization Act to improve the financial security of Medicaid beneficiaries living in nursing facilities.  Currently, Medicaid beneficiaries who are eligible for nursing care must contribute almost their entire... Read More

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