Tag: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Reducing Racial Disparities: Quality Improvement in Developmental Disability System Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has further compounded healthcare disparities faced by people of color and members of the disability community—a fact demonstrated in the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)’s recent COVID-19 bulletin #4, entitled Data on Racial Disparities. Citing data such as the Centers for ...

CMS Provides Guidance on Premium Reductions

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on August 4th allowing insurance companies to provide temporary premium reductions during the 2020 coverage year in the individual and small group markets. Doing so would otherwise violate the federal prohibition on mid-year premium changes. Given the savings insurers have experienced due to a sharp ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...