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As Irma hits Fla., HHS looks to ensure affected individuals can access care

September 11, 2017


HHS and its divisions are waiving certain regulations to ensure individuals affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma can access health care services, while Congress and President Trump approved more than $15 billion in hurricane relief funds.

Weekly Line: Congress is racing against the clock to extend CHIP

September 8, 2017


Lawmakers came back from their summer recess this week and, as predicted, jumped head first into discussions on reauthorizing CHIP, the federal program that provides health coverage to more than nine million U.S. children.

CMS announces meeting to discuss new behavioral health payment model

July 24, 2017


CMS at a meeting plans to gather ideas for a new payment model that could help "to improve access, quality, and cost of care" for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP beneficiaries with behavioral health conditions.

AHL feature: The 3 key questions surrounding CHIP reauthorization

May 18, 2017


In the weeks since the House-passed the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), industry stakeholders have voiced strong concerns about the bill's potential effects. American Health Line looks at a growing group of stakeholders who are raising concerns about how ACA repeal efforts could affect the future of CHIP—a health care program that covered an estimated 8.4 million U.S. children in 2015.

Governors call on Congress to reauthorize CHIP

May 16, 2017


The National Governors Association says Congress should reauthorize CHIP quickly and extend federal funding for the program for five years.

The federal deficit is set to triple—and health care is largely to blame, CBO says

March 31, 2017


The Congressional Budget Office predicts that federal budget deficits will rise from 2.9 to 9.8 percent by 2047, while the federal debt will increase from 77 to 150 percent of the United States' gross domestic product.

HHS names eight states to participate in behavioral health demonstration program

January 4, 2017


Under the program, the states will receive Medicaid funding for behavioral health services, support, and treatment for eligible Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries.

NY misallocated $150M in exchange establishment grants, HHS OIG report finds

November 23, 2016


New York's State Department of Health says it "strongly disagrees" with HHS' Office of the Inspector General's claims that it misallocated establishment grant funds, as well as the office's recommendation that the state refund money to CMS.

CHIP funding faces complex reauthorization process

November 2, 2016


Federal funding for CHIP is set to expire at the end of fiscal year 2017.

Analysis: 43 percent of uninsured US residents eligible for Medicaid or ACA subsidies

October 20, 2016


A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis estimates that about 27 million U.S. residents were uninsured in 2016.

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