All posts by Health Policy News Team

Health Policy News – Special Edition (October 2020)

Health Policy News Fall White Paper Released Today, PCG’s Health Policy News team released our annual fall white paper. This year’s topic is “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Ten Years Later: States Take the Lead.” September 23, 2020 marked the 10 year anniversary of the start of implementation of major, long-term provisions of ...

Health Policy News Fall White Paper Released and Upcoming Webinar

Today, PCG’s Health Policy News team released our annual fall white paper. This year’s topic is “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Ten Years Later: States Take the Lead.” September 23, 2020 marked the 10 year anniversary of the start of implementation of major, long-term provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ...

Health Policy News – September 2020

As we head into fall, individual states and our entire nation continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, while simultaneously addressing other policy needs and opportunities. At Health Policy News, we aim to strike a similar balance, as we continue to bring you updates on policy developments directed at the impact of COVID-19 as well ...

Health Policy News – Summer 2020

As the nation remains in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, PCG’s Health Policy News team continues to provide readers with updates regarding pandemic-related health policy developments. This year’s summer edition features the latest news from the federal level related to COVID-19 coverage, state waivers and efforts relative to health disparities. In light of a ...

Health Policy News – May 2020

The much-anticipated final Payment Notice and Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces was released early this month, with states’ concerns about the impact of COVID-19 evident in many of the finalized policy changes. The first post this month details the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final changes and includes an updated fact ...

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 ...

Health Policy News – April 2020

Last month, Health Policy News brought you breaking news about the legislation and guidance aimed at providing greater flexibility to states and providers as they struggle to meet health and service demands during this global pandemic; requirements relative to COVID-19-related health coverage; and examples of action at the state level to address local need. As ...

Health Policy News – March 2020 Special Edition

  Introduction Health Policy News had planned content for the month of March, but given the unprecedented times we are all living through, we thought it best to dedicate this month’s entire edition to recent federal and state efforts to support consumers, providers, and health insurance carriers in combating COVID-19. Just in the past week, ...

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 ...

Health Policy News – February 2020

Introduction On January 31, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) and the draft Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Exchanges, as well as accompanying guidance and timelines. The March 2nd deadline for comment on the proposed policy changes included in the annual ...