As part of the Biden administration’s announcement last month that nearly $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be distributed to community health centers across the country, US Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema announced Thursday the allocation of $$19,656,854 to 23 facilities in Arizona. Kelly said in a statement: “Arizona’s Community Health … Read more

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 the organization’s preparation for potential … Read more

Safety net funding, the allocation of federal dollars, COVID-19’s impact on Medicaid — a panel of experts from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) discussed all of this and more at last month’s 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  Stephanie Stephens, HHSC’s Medicaid director, Sonja Gaines, the agency’s deputy executive … Read more

Virginia’s State Corporation Commission (SCC) will invest additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds — a total of $500,000 — to improve coordination between SCC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). The funding is part of a $20 million nationwide grant the Biden Administration … Read more

Debates between the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate over a $4.3 billion COVID-19 aid spending package  resumed for a fifth day on Friday, delaying the passage of the budget bill that Democrats hoped to achieve quickly.      The Virginia General assembly convened Monday for what Democrats hoped would be a short special session … Read more