Category: State Activity

COVID-19-Related Policy Developments Continue at the Federal Level

As the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal agencies continue to provide guidance to states and providers as they respond to the pandemic. As in our March, April and May articles, this post aggregates the latest updates from the federal pandemic response, including those relative to Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance ...

Insights from the Front Lines of Contact Tracing

Although Health Policy News does not normally include first person perspectives or features on Public Consulting Group project work, we believe that the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic warrant an exception. As such, I wanted to share a quick note about my work on PCG’s recently-initiated contact tracing projects, assisting several states in building ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...