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SCOTUS ruling opens door for health plans to interact with members via text messaging

| Jun 2, 2021 | Federal

A recent US Supreme Court ruling opens the door for health plans to interact with members via text messaging. Abner Mason, Founder and CEO of ConsejoSano, describes the ruling as a “game changer for health plans and other health care stakeholders” and their ability to communicate with members in their...[ Read More ]

CDC report highlights disparities in COVID vaccination rates in urban and rural counties

| May 19, 2021 | Federal

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a nearly 7% difference in COVID-19 vaccination rates between rural and urban counties. Between December 2020 and April 2021, about 45.7% of individuals in urban counties received a vaccine compared to 38.9% in rural counties. The urban-rural...[ Read More ]

WSHA calls on Inslee to veto section of public option bill

| Apr 29, 2021 | Washington

In a letter sent to Governor Jay Inslee’s office on Tuesday evening, the Washington State Hospital Association called on the governor to veto a portion of recently passed legislation that would require certain hospitals to contract with at least one public option plan in the state. The bill, SB 5377,...[ Read More ]

CMS’s new rule proposal increases payment rates, focuses on health equity and workforce

| Apr 28, 2021 | Federal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on Tuesday that looks to make adjustments to Medicare payment policies, improve data collection related to health equity and vaccination rates, and support the rural health care workforce. The rule touches on a wide range of issues which...[ Read More ]

Committee discusses bill to extend Medicaid coverage to inmates prior to release

| Apr 16, 2021 | Federal

The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee discussed the Medicaid Reentry Act of 2021 during a hearing on substance misuse and the opioid epidemic on Wednesday. The bill, which is sponsored by Congressman Paul Tonko, would allow states to make Medicaid coverage available for incarcerated individuals up to 30 days...[ Read More ]

State lawmakers offer advice on creating a federal public option

| Apr 15, 2021 | Federal

Three legislators pursuing public options at the state level offered lessons learned during a recent conversation at the 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. The three lawmakers – Sen. David Frockt (WA), Sen. Matt Lesser (CT), and Rep. Dylan Roberts (CO) – are at different stages in establishing...[ Read More ]

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