States Should Start Planning Now for Adapting Their Medicaid Programs Post-COVID-19

By Peter Cheesman and Lisa Kaplan Howe Update: For more information about considerations for states regarding redeterminations of Medicaid following the end public health emergency, click here. While the COVID-19 ...

Prescription Drug Pricing Reform Efforts Continue

This post marks the first in a planned series of updates from Health Policy News on prescription drug cost control measures. In this month’s installment, we highlight ongoing efforts through ...

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 ...

How States Can Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest public health crisis of our lifetime—but fortunately, it has been met with a scientific response equally as strong. Multiple vaccines were created, tested, ...

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 ...

CMS Finalized Exchange Guidance for 2022

Update: In February, CMS finalized timelines for certification and rate filings of Qualified Health Plans that will be offered in Marketplaces in 2022.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ...

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 ...

CMS Releases Exchange Guidance for 2022

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first draft of its annual Exchange guidance at the end of November: the proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters ...

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, ...

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