Rep. Carrie Rheingans (D-Ann Arbor) has introduced a bill that would create a publicly funded health system that would provide comprehensive services in Michigan. House Bill 4893 would establish a universal healthcare system and reform the current payment system for healthcare coverage in Michigan. It would utilize both private and public providers to offer physical, … Read more

A panel of long-term care experts led a discussion on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic at the 2023 Illinois State of Reform Health Policy Conference earlier this month.      Last year, the Biden administration issued guidance on federal regulatory requirements for nursing homes that addressed resident health and safety. The initiatives establish … Read more

Healthcare leaders discussed efforts that aim to increase access to prescription drugs and lower their costs during the 2023 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference a couple weeks ago.      Florida Association of Community Health Centers Vice President and COO Ben Browning said consumers scored a big victory with the legislature’s passage of … Read more

A panel of experts at the forefront of the value-based care (VBC) movement in Utah led a discussion on local advancements being made around its adoption at the 2023 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month.     CMS has the goal of moving all Medicare beneficiaries and the majority of Medicaid enrollees … Read more

Earlier this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a partnership between the state of California and Civica RX to manufacture insulins for the CalRx Biosimilar Insulin Initiative, an effort to lower the cost of insulin for diabetics in California.  “Gov. Newsom came into office focused on doing something about the cost of insulin and talking about … Read more

Independent Living Systems (ILS) is focused on advocating for legislation that can improve comprehensive services for Floridians with developmental disabilities during the current session.     ILS offers clinical and third-party administrative services to managed care organizations and providers that serve high-cost, complex member populations in the Medicare, Medicaid, and dual-eligible market. President David Rogers … Read more

Staff at AlohaCare are preparing for a historic period in which they will be working nonstop to help Hawaii residents retain their health coverage or find new pathways to insurance, if needed.     During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Medicaid members received continuous coverage throughout the PHE, even if their eligibility changed. With the continuous … Read more

A bill sponsored by Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber (R-Republic) would establish a pilot project that would increase medical assistance payments for Washington providers in rural and underserved areas.     Members of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee discussed House Bill 1713 during a public hearing on Wednesday. Maycumber said one of the primary health-related … Read more

A bill that would provide tax exemptions for medical services provided to low-income Hawaiians garnered some support during a public hearing on Friday.      The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services approved Senate Bill 1035 unanimously during the meeting. The bill would exempt medical services provided by healthcare providers to patients who receive … Read more

On January 1st, California’s Cal MediConnect plans for dually eligible individuals transitioned to newly created Medicare Medi-Cal Plans. Known as Medi-Medi Plans or MMPs, these plans are provided by the same insurance carriers as Cal Medi-Connect and offer the same healthcare benefits. The matching plans are designed to coordinate care for people with both Medicare … Read more