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CMS Foreshadows Policy Areas for Future Rulemaking

As we noted in the recent recent Health Policy News overview of the second Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2022, the process of finalizing Exchange guidance ...

Implementation of the American Rescue Plan Kicks off Quickly and the Federal Government Announces its Health Priorities for Discretionary Spending

The past month brought the fifth renewal[1] of the U.S. COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), as well as the start of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP)’s implementation. ...

Health Policy News – January 2021

Even though we are only one month into 2021, an incredible amount of health policy developments have transpired since our last edition! We have several updates in this first edition ...

Update on the Federal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic as Leadership Changes

COVID-19 was the top focus of the new federal administration as it entered office this month. With the surge in cases continuing across the nation, President Joseph Biden signed a ...

First-of-Its-Kind Tennessee Block Grant Approved by CMS

On January 8th, 2021, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval of Tennessee’s final Medicaid Block grant proposal[1] which the state had originally submitted in 2019. ...

Reflections on 2020 and Predictions for 2021

Continued Responses to COVID-19 State and Federal Responses to COVID-19 in 2020 and Expectations for 2021 At the start of 2020, COVID-19 was a peripheral thought for most people in ...

Health Policy News – November 2020

This month, two major events at the federal level took place that will have lasting impacts on health policy. First, of course, was the election. Then, just a week later, ...

Regulatory Roundup

Final Medicaid Managed Care Rule, Transparency Requirements for Commercial Insurance Carriers and two Georgia Waiver Approvals Announced Over the past few weeks, two anticipated final rules were released by the ...

Health Policy Updates: COVID-19 and Beyond

As summer came to a close, health policy developments continued at the federal level. Below, we provide brief overviews of updates both related and unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic, along ...

Health Policy News Team Announces Fall Webinar & White Paper Release

On October 29th at 11am EST, the Health Policy News team will host a webinar to discuss the release of our annual fall white paper. This year’s topic is “States ...