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The commission, announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in April, was tasked with enhancing strategies for infection control and prevention in facilities. The task force was made up of 25 appointed members, including infectious disease experts and directors of nursing homes. Critics claim it does little to set higher standards.
Opinion writers weigh in on these pandemic issues and others.
The latest Census Bureau report finds the trend of decreased numbers of Americans with health insurance continued for a third year under President Donald Trump’s presidency.
Caseloads rose on average 8.4% through July in 30 states for which researchers have enrollment information. And in 14 states with enrollment data through August, the average is 10%. Other news is on CMS pulling back from a financing proposal, as well.
Congressional Democrats obtained invoices that detail expenses submitted by a consultant for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma.
While the coronavirus crisis dominates national attention, 2020 candidates are highlighting broader health care policy messages on the trail and in ads.
Gov. Brian Kemp (R) wants the Trump administration to let him block state residents from using the federal exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act and force Georgians to seek out their own commercial options instead. In other health law news: Texas medical professionals urge the governor to expand Medicaid; and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) fails to offer up his promised ACA alternative.
If the proposal is approved, the FDA would clear these devices quickly because they treat an unmet medical need. Other medicare news is on changes Joe Biden wants to make; and Medicaid news is from Colorado and Mississippi, as well.
Facilities face financial penalties if they don’t test staff during an outbreak. The interim regulation is the first time the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has required such testing during the coronavirus pandemic.
In new emergency rules, the Trump administration warned hospitals that it would revoke Medicare and Medicaid dollars if coronavirus patient data and test results are not reported to HHS. The reporting program was previously voluntary.
Opinion writers express views on these public health policies and more.
The high court announces it will hear on Nov. 10 arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. A decision is expected in June 2021.
Nodding to a hot-button issue at the Democrats’ virtual convention, presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would “provide a Medicare-like option as a public option.” Catch up on Tuesday’s other highlights and a night one fact check.
Opinion writers weigh in on these pandemic topics and others.
Editorial writers focus on these pandemic topics and others.
Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others.
Another ballot measure campaign results in voters again overruling Republican state lawmakers who refused to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, fewer unemployed have enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic than expected.
President Donald Trump’s plan to provide nursing homes with a speedy COVID testing machine puts a limit on the number of test kits. Other nursing home news is out of Massachusetts and West Virginia.
Whether Missouri should expand its Medicaid program will be put to voters next Tuesday. In other Medicaid news: Texas extends pandemic flexibility; telehealth users want permanent change; and many doctors support benefits for unemployed.
Also in Medicaid news: Missouri’s upcoming vote on expansion and an interview with Will Lightbourne, head of California’s Department of Health Care Services, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program.