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Third Way Finds Build Back Better Provisions Would Lower Families’ Costs by Thousands
Think Tanks
Third Way Finds Build Back Better Provisions Would Lower Families’ Costs by Thousands
2021-12-02 22:36:20
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Third Way, a D.C.- based think tank, released an analysis of the Build Back Better Act on Wednesday that predicts a two-parent family of four would get a tax cut and have lower costs of up to... Read More

In The News
Obstetricians Call for Shortening ‘Discriminatory’ Postpartum Sterilization Waiting Period
2021-11-17 15:53:16
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Health Policy and Advocacy Committee are now calling for lawmakers to revise current Medicaid policy dictating patients who desire postpartum sterilization wait 30 days. The pregnancy experts published their contentions to... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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