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Murray laying the groundwork for public option legislation

Michael Goldberg | May 26, 2021 | Federal, Washington

HHS announces $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding for SAMHSA block grants to address addiction, mental health crisis

| May 19, 2021 | Federal

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance use block grant programs. The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program and Substance Abuse Prevention...[ 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 ]

Uncertainty emerges in the 2021 health agenda

| May 4, 2021 | Federal

President Biden’s health policy agenda got off to a quick start but may slow in the coming months. His proposals to expand Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium subsidies and increase Medicaid support for eligibility expansion are popular positions in his party (although not among Republicans), and thus were included in...[ Read More ]

Wyden: New GAO analysis shows urgent need to increase mental health care access and affordability

| Apr 30, 2021 | Federal

Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released a new GAO report showing a dramatic increase in demand for mental health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, straining part of the health care system that faced accessibility and affordability challenges prior to increases in anxiety and depression corresponding to the...[ 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 ]

HRSA awards over $12.7 million to programs enhancing health care delivery to rural underserved populations

| Apr 20, 2021 | Federal

Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced more than $12.7 million in funding to 61 public, private and non-profit entities across 35 states to serve rural communities and address rural health disparities as part of its community-based Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (Outreach Program). The Outreach Program...[ Read More ]

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