State Mitigation of COVID-19 Related Costs

On April 25, 2020, Health Affairs published a piece by one of the editors of Health Policy News, entitled “States Should Act Now To Mitigate Commercial Insurance Costs Associated With COVID-19”[1]. The piece focuses on actions states can take to potentially mitigate costs associated with COVID-19—specifically, examining the impact that COVID-19-related health insurance expenditures in ...

The Federal Administration Continues to Release Guidance and Waivers in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Policy News continues tracking federal-level action aimed at addressing the broad impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on actions to support states and providers in their efforts to respond to the pandemic and its impact. As in our March and April articles, this post aggregates the latest updates from the federal level, ...

Guidance for States on How to Properly Document Federal Funding During COVID-19 Response and Recovery

On March 19, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released M-20-17, Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations (henceforth “OMB memo”). Although many of the operational impacts and costs of COVID-19 are unknowable at this point, the memo ...

Payment Notice and Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces Finalized for the 2021 Plan Year  

With filing deadlines quickly approaching, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released final versions of the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2021 and the 2021 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (Letter) on May 7, 2020. At the same time, CMS released accompanying guidance: Key Dates for Calendar Year ...

Updates on the Federal Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the country, Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to advance funding opportunities, temporary policy changes and waivers to support states, providers, and the public in their efforts to address the pandemic and its broad impact. This article aggregates the latest updates on the ...

Updates on the State-Level Responses to COVID-19

As the U.S. continues battling the COVID-19 pandemic, individual states have enacted policy mandates and taken action to ensure patients have access to medication, healthcare, and COVID-19 testing and treatment—while minimizing barriers to these resources and/or the pre-approval needed to access them. With social distancing and the stay-at-home order still in effect, a nationwide focus ...

Care During a Crisis: How to Leverage Critical Incident Management Systems to Ensure Health and Welfare When It Matters Most

State Medicaid agencies have been hit hard during the COVID-19 crisis.  Over the last several weeks, there has been an unprecedented increase in member enrollments, as well as significant disruptions in care delivery due to stay-at-home orders.  As states shift their focus to implementing new policies to ensure continuity of services and mitigate the risk ...

Health Policy Responses to COVID-19

In this unprecedented time, much attention has been paid to Congressional response to the clinical and economic needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other federal agencies have actively put forth legislation and guidance aimed at providing greater flexibility to states and ...

An Interview with Retired Deputy Fire Chief Ken Riddle, PCG’s Emergency Medical Services Subject Matter Expert

Health Policy News often features Medicaid-related policy topics; this month, we are featuring the first in a series of pieces that touch on Medicare policy—specifically, Emergency Medical Services (EMS). PCG is fortunate to have retired Las Vegas Deputy Fire Chief Ken Riddle leading our work in this area. We spent time with Ret. Deputy Chief ...

Medicaid Updates: Regulations, Guidance and Litigation

The last several weeks saw a number of Medicaid policy-related developments. In our round-up below, we share key takeaways from each. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Block Grant Guidance As we shared in our newsletter last month, CMS recently released a State Medicaid Director Letter with long-awaited guidance on Medicaid block grants. Earlier this ...

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