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An update on the disputes leading CMS and Georgia to court

| Aug 26, 2022 | Federal

Two disputes between Georgia and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) over the state’s Trump-era waiver plans remain unsettled after eighteen months of legal and political wrangling. Given the wide gaps separating the two sides’ positions, as reflected in a recent exchange of letters, it seems likely that...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: MTP waiver renewal, Hospital finances, End of the PHE

| Jul 28, 2022 | Washington

Our team is currently hard at work curating the list of 60 speakers who will join us at the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference on September 8th. We'll release the product of that work, our Detailed Agenda, in just two weeks! In the meantime, you can take a...[ Read More ]

Oregon health insurance plan could call for use of multiple federal funding options

| May 24, 2022 | Oregon

Members of Oregon’s Bridge Health Care Program Task Force discussed possibilities for building and funding a Basic Health Plan (BHP) to provide health insurance for low-income Oregonians Tuesday.     The public health emergency (PHE) is scheduled to end on July 15th if the Biden administration doesn’t extend the declaration...[ Read More ]

CMS drops challenge to Texas Medicaid waiver

| Apr 25, 2022 | Texas

CMS withdrew its rescission of the Texas 1115 Medicaid Waiver on Friday. In a letter to Texas Medicaid Director Stephanie Stephens, CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure outlined the agency’s intent to allow the Trump administration’s 10-year extension for the state’s Medicaid program to stand, ending a court battle that had stretched...[ Read More ]

AHCCCS will focus on Medicaid redetermination and Housing and Health Opportunities demonstration waiver in 2022

| Feb 23, 2022 | Arizona

Jami Snyder, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), said the agency’s 2022 priorities include the redetermination of Medicaid eligibility resulting from the imminent end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) in 2022, as well as 1115 Waiver negotiations and increasing vaccination rates across the state. She...[ Read More ]

Medicaid’s budget neutrality rules for section 1115 waivers

| Jan 18, 2022 | Federal

For decades, a focus in Medicaid has been on state proposals that fall outside what is allowable under the program’s normal rules. The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) has wide discretion under section 1115 of the Social Security Act to “waive” legal or regulatory impediments to state initiatives...[ Read More ]