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Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board to vote on eight legislative recommendations

| Oct 14, 2021 | Florida

Eight policy recommendations on health insurance affordability could go before the Florida Legislature during the 2022 session, which convenes Jan. 11. The Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board (FHIAB), consisting of various health plan carriers, agents, and employer representatives and chaired by Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, discussed these recommendations at Tuesday’s...[ Read More ]

Virginia’s inconsistent mandatory outpatient treatment system and how to fix it, according to experts

| Oct 14, 2021 | Virginia

Behavioral health continues to be one of Virginia’s top health priorities, both in the Legislature and for advocates across the Commonwealth. Solutions to workforce shortages at inpatient behavioral health facilities continue to proceed through the legislature. On the other side, advocates say more work can be done to improve mandatory...[ Read More ]

Florida Medicaid, DOH, present FY 2022 budget requests

| Oct 14, 2021 | Florida

Three agencies — the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the Florida Department of Health, and the Department of Children and Families — presented their legislative budget requests (LBR) for fiscal year (FY) 2022 to the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee for consideration on Monday.  Recurring requests among the agencies...[ Read More ]

Commissioner updates Legislature on 1332 reinsurance waiver ahead of January 2022 deadline

| Oct 13, 2021 | Virginia

Virginia’s reinsurance program is projected to reduce premium rates by 15.6% in the individual market starting in 2023, Commissioner of Insurance Scott White told legislators at last week’s Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight meeting. That’s contingent on the approval of the 1332 State Innovation Waiver , which...[ Read More ]

Honolulu mayor says Oahu is ready to reopen — and the rest of the state should follow suit

| Oct 12, 2021 | Hawaii

Hawaii may be at a turning point in its COVID-19 response plan, and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi urged state leaders to take an “aggressive” approach in safely reopening the state. On Tuesday, members of the Hawaii House Covid-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness Committee discussed the delicate balance of reopening the...[ Read More ]

DMAS prepares for post-public health emergency Medicaid disenrollment

| Oct 12, 2021 | Virginia

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is currently preparing for the impending end of the federal public health emergency (PHE) declaration, which will instigate a lengthy eligibility redetermination process for one in five Virginians who currently benefit from Medicaid.      DMAS Director Karen Kimsey provided an update on...[ Read More ]

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