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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 ]

U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee reaffirms bipartisan support for price transparency

| Apr 19, 2021 | Federal

Political polarization in the nation’s capital has made it rare in recent years for Democrats and Republicans to find agreement in health care policy. A prominent exception is price transparency. Both parties are fully committed to it, as seen in a recent bipartisan letter from the leaders of the House...[ 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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