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CMS has updated guidance on minimum health and safety standards that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The guidance specifically addresses nursing home staffing concerns that some say have impacted care quality.

source: REV Cycle Intelligence

A new study from the RAND corporation suggests that extending HUSKY health coverage to all undocumented residents in Connecticut would cost 3% of the state's annual Medicaid budget, putting quality health care within reach for more than 21,000 additional people.

source: WSHU Public Radio

Katie Sawyer, Republican gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt's running mate, said neither she nor the attorney general would support Medicaid expansion in its current proposed form.

source: EAGLE-TV

Under an emergency rule from Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, MaineCare members will be automatically enrolled in the new Medicaid dental benefit, which is estimated to represent a $45 million investment in oral health.

source: Mainebiz

Louisiana Medicaid has expanded their comprehensive dental care to adults ages 21 and up with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are enrolled in the New Opportunities Waiver, Residential Options Waiver or the Supports Waiver.

source: BR Proud.com

Some advocates for Medicaid expansion in South Dakota are concerned that two ballot measures with different language and separate backers but the same goals may confuse or diffuse voters, reducing the chances of success in the November election.

source: Rapid City Journal

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