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Texas awaits approval of enhanced FMAP HCBS spending plan

| Jul 15, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) submitted its $287 million Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) spending plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday, taking advantage of a temporary increase in Federal Matching Assistance Percentages (FMAP) provided through the American Rescue Plan Act.  ...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Medicaid enrollment rises 28 percent since start of the pandemic

| Jun 25, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) released an update on its Med-QUEST applications on Tuesday. The latest data shows Medicaid enrollments have increased in Hawaii over the COVID-19 pandemic, mirroring a national trend.      Medicaid enrollments increased 28 percent statewide, rising from 327,119 enrollees on March 6, 2020...[ Read More ]

DHCS draws in "historic" federal matching funds to restructure HCBS spending

| Jun 8, 2021 | California

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released its spending plan for state home and community-based services (HCBS) on Thursday, making “historic” investments in community health and home-based care.  Using the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) increased Federal Matching Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for certain HCBS, DHCS plans to bring...[ Read More ]

Committee holds hearing on 18 bills that look to build on the Affordable Care Act

| Mar 25, 2021 | Federal

The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee on Tuesday discussed 18 bills which look to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and undo health-related policies enacted during the Trump administration. The hearing took place on the 11th anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the ACA into law.    ...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Art Ushijima, FMAP drop, Hale Ola

| Oct 10, 2019 | Hawaii

We are now about 13 weeks away from our 2020 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  I know that seems like a ways off, and it is... But not if you are working to line up 60+ speakers at the event!  It's what we're just getting started with now. So,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: FMAP drop, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Cost of care

| Oct 9, 2019 | Oregon

We are five weeks out from our annual health policy conference. It is the key revenue generator that funds all of our Oregon health policy reporting and analysis throughout the year. So, thanks for your consideration in joining us. It'll be our 8th conference in Portland, with a strong line up...[ Read More ]