The Illinois Legislature passed House Bill 1298, the state’s omnibus Medicaid legislation, during the 2023 legislative session, securing notable funding for Medicaid programs along with other targeted healthcare reforms that address areas such as access and children’s mental health.     The legislation outlines overall state spending provisions for the Medicaid program, including reimbursement rates … Read more

A measure by Colorado Democrats proposing to conduct a study of a statewide publicly financed or universal healthcare system with direct compensation to providers failed in this year’s legislative session, which ended on May 8th.     House Bill 1209 called for the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) to administer the policy analysis and … Read more

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 222 on Thursday, eliminating Medicaid co-pays for pharmacy and certain healthcare services.      The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) said the elimination of co-pays will allow Health First Colorado members to put those savings toward other basic needs like rent or food. “Saving Coloradans … Read more

The Colorado House Health and Insurance Committee advanced Senate Bill 93 to the committee of the whole on Tuesday.      The measure would lower the state’s interest rates on medical debt from 8% to 3% and require debt collection agencies to provide consumers an itemized statement on the medical charges in question.  The bill’s … Read more

A panel of Colorado’s rural healthcare leaders outlined policies and investment opportunities that can support the state’s rural hospital system on Wednesday during the Health Cabinet Affordability Summit, a virtual event led by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).     Colorado has prioritized rural hospital investment around transformation and innovation, particularly … Read more

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) confirmed on Friday that it is actively hiring and recruiting additional staff ahead of Medicaid redeterminations.      In a statement to State of Reform, HHSC said Medicaid eligibility renewals would begin in April and continue over a 12-month period. “HHSC will stagger Medicaid redeterminations over multiple … Read more

The 74th Colorado Legislature convened its first session of 2023 on Monday with lawmakers passing motions in both chambers to adopt committee references. The Joint Health Committee, composed of the House Health and Insurance Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, is scheduled to hold its first meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.   … Read more

Coloradans will soon be able to enroll in the state’s standardized health insurance plan also known as the Colorado Option, which was designed to address accessibility, affordability, and equity.      The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) introduced its individual and small group health insurance plans and their finalized rates for 2023 on Tuesday ahead … Read more