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Texas HHSC requests extension to federal mandate for home health care services

| May 6, 2022

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced last month that it will request a one-year “good faith effort” (GFE) extension on the federally mandated implementation of its electronic billing system for home health caregivers. Known as Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), the technology verifies where and when...[ Read More ]

Colorado's record budget focuses on pandemic recovery

| May 6, 2022 | Colorado

Governor Jared Polis approved the legislature’s historic $36.4 billion state budget on April 25th. The budget appropriates $17.6 billion in total funds to health care related spending for the coming fiscal year.  Health care has been a key focus for lawmakers as officials address the lingering effects of the pandemic...[ Read More ]

ACLU Texas attorney says legal arguments in favor of gender-affirming care are strong

| May 5, 2022 | Texas

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn federal abortion protections that was leaked this week, thousands of Texans rallied around abortion and LGBTQ rights throughout the state on Tuesday. Activists came together in downtown Dallas, San Antonio, and at the Capitol to protest the state’s abortion...[ Read More ]

Colorado poised to pass bill requiring hospital price transparency for medical debt collection

| May 4, 2022 | Colorado

House Bill 1285 unanimously passed Third Reading in the Senate on Tuesday, positioning the bill to be signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis. The bill would prohibit a hospital from pursuing collection actions against a patient for medical services if the hospital is not in compliance with federal hospital...[ Read More ]

Colorado advances legislation to support disabled individuals

| May 3, 2022 | Colorado

Two companion bills, House Bills 1031 and 1290, which support wheelchair users, are expected to become law soon. Both pieces of legislation come as wheelchair users throughout Colorado are struggling with resolving mechanical issues in a timely manner due to a lack of support systems.     HB 1031, which...[ Read More ]

City of Austin and EMS Association to negotiate disputed pay through mediator this month

| May 2, 2022 | Texas

The Austin Emergency Medical Services Association (AEMSA) and the City of Austin are at odds over base pay for its medics and will mediate negotiations through arbitration this month. The two sides will meet on May 3rd to continue negotiating the new terms of the Austin Travis County Emergency Medical...[ Read More ]