November 22, 2019
President Trump late Thursday signed into law a stopgap bill that averts a government shutdown by funding the federal government, including various health programs, through Dec. 20 and delays $4 billion in planned cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments.
In the United States, commercially insured patients are struggling to find in-network mental health providers, forcing many to seek out-of-network care at rates above those for other conditions—despite the federal mental health parity law, according to a report published by Milliman on Wednesday.
Tennessee this week formally submitted to CMS a controversial Medicaid waiver proposal to convert the state's Medicaid financing structure from an open-ended federal funding system into a block-grant system—a proposal that is widely supported by conservatives but is likely to face legal challenges if approved.
Members of a CMS advisory panel are worried that potential long-term changes to CMS' star-ratings methodology for hospitals would not actually help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for care.
American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.
November 21, 2019
Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, on Wednesday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding drug shortages and prices, e-cigarette use, and more.
CMS on its Nursing Home Compare website has begun indicating when nursing homes have been cited for abuse violations, and while the move has been applauded by consumer advocates, some in the nursing home industry say the alerts are misleading.
CMS on Wednesday announced about 1.67 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, down 13% when compared with the first three weeks of last year's open enrollment period.
Colorado officials on Friday released their final proposal for a state public health insurance option, but the Colorado Hospital Association is raising concerns.
November 20, 2019
The House on Tuesday voted 231-192 to approve a stopgap spending bill that would fund the federal government through Dec. 20, extend funding for certain health care programs, and delay $4 billion in planned cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments.
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