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House of Representatives passes bill to distribute federal CARES Act funds

| May 18, 2020 | Hawaii

The House today passed SB 75 SD2 HD1 to allocate $1.25 billion in federal CARES Act funds to support our counties in providing benefits for their residents and to fund our State government's health response during this global coronavirus pandemic and economic meltdown. SB 75 earmarks specific portions of the CARES...[ Read More ]

Lawmakers approve federal COVID-19 funds for Alaskans, small businesses

Emily Boerger | May 13, 2020 | Alaska

Alaska’s Legislative Budget and Audit Committee (LB&A) on Monday evening approved Gov. Dunleavy's federal funding plan for Alaskans and Alaskan small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The economic aid plan will distribute over $1 billion in relief granted to the state through the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES...[ Read More ]

New wave of federal funds heads to Hawaii

Emily Boerger | Apr 24, 2020 | Hawaii

US Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz announced this week the next wave of federal funding slated for Hawaii in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The money comes from several federal agencies and will be used to increase testing and tracing, support rural hospitals, and expand access to substance abuse...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Gov. Ige's leadership, Re-opening the economy, Dr. Scott Grosskreutz

| Apr 8, 2020 | Hawaii

We have launched two new daily emails for you if you are interested in tracking our coverage at the nexus of health care and health policy even further. One afternoon newsletter covers our reporting on COVID, while an early morning newsletter gives you a run down of all of our daily reporting at...[ Read More ]

Increase in Texas's FMAP could mean an additional $1.03 billion in federal funds

Emily Boerger | Oct 9, 2019 | Texas

On October 1, the new FY 2020 FMAP percentages kicked in, resulting in a rate reduction for 17 states, along with a rate increase for 19 states. Federal Medical Assistance Percentages – or FMAP — are the percentage rates used to determine federal matching funds allocated for state medical and social...[ Read More ]

Drop in Oregon's FMAP could mean a $118 million shortfall

Emily Boerger | Oct 9, 2019 | Oregon

The new FY 2020 FMAP percentages began on October 1, resulting in a rate reduction for 17 states. Federal Medical Assistance Percentages – or FMAP -- are the percentage rates used to determine federal matching funds allocated for state medical and social services such as Medicaid and CHIP. The new...[ Read More ]