As the legislative session begins, we invite you to let us know if there are any specific bills or topics you’d like to see us cover this year. Your input here is incredibly valuable. This newsletter features several health bills being advanced by the legislature, Will Humble from AzPHA’s thoughts on Omicron-fueled staffing shortages, and a breakdown … 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

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) announced Thursday it received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Colorado Joint Budget Committee for its $530 million Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) spending plan.     In a statement released Thursday, Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera emphasized the support … Read more

It’s an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That’s the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are now “somewhat” or “very worried” … Read more