MHPA Medicaid Health Plans of America, the leading association representing Medicaid managed care organizations, released the following statement in response to the threat that COVID-19, commonly referred to as the novel coronavirus, presents to Medicaid enrollees, their families and communities across the country.READ MORE
Healthcare Dive The use of block grants for the Medicaid program would lead to both a drastic reduction in funding immediately and over the long term, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. Medicaid covers about 65 million Americans, or about 20% of the entire population.READ MORE
The Associated Press via SFGate Jim Denning once symbolized what for Medicaid expansion supporters was wrong with the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Now, the Kansas Senate majority leader is an expansion champion who's under fire from some GOP lawmakers he's supposed to be leading for working with the state's Democratic governor.READ MORE
KTUL-TV Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration is submitting a proposal to expand Medicaid to the federal government, but Republican lawmakers are balking at a plan to pay for the state's share.
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority submitted its Medicaid expansion plan Friday to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.READ MORE
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Orlando Sentinel Florida Medicaid will cover all medically-necessary services required for testing and treatment of COVID-19, including doctor visits for collecting samples, state officials announced on Monday.
The Agency for Health Care Administration said that the Florida Department of Health is covering all laboratory testing for COVID-19 and there's no cost to providers for those tests.READ MORE
The Associated Press via Times Union Michigan health insurers said Friday they will cover the cost of medically necessary tests for the new coronavirus for people covered under employer and individual health plans, while Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the waiving of testing and treatment fees for Medicaid recipients.
Michigan currently has no known COVID-19 cases, but infections have been identified in about half of the states.READ MORE
NJ.com Insurance companies and Medicaid would be required to provide coverage for testing and treatment of coronavirus in New Jersey, under bills being introduced in the Legislature.
The proposed action comes as a number of states — including California, Washington and New York — have ordered insurance companies to waive out-of-pocket costs for testing, amid conflicting signals from the Trump administration earlier in the week over who will pick up those costs.READ MORE
Marietta Daily Journal Low-income Georgia mothers would receive expanded Medicaid coverage after the birth of their babies under legislation introduced in the state House of Representatives on Thursday.
The bill would authorize the state to apply for a federal waiver that would allow Georgia to offer Medicaid coverage to income-eligible women up to six months post partum. The current Georgia Medicaid program only permits coverage for up to two months.READ MORE
Eagle Times New rules directing the reimbursement to schools for Medicaid-covered student services are more lenient than New Hampshire school districts originally anticipated, though two still unanswered questions about the new language still have school administrators holding their breath.READ MORE
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Oswego County Today Three provisions in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed state budget would shift Medicaid costs from the state to the county and could create an annual budget gap for Oswego County as high as $5.6 million, according to calculations by the New York State Association of Counties.
County officials are urging residents and businesses to make their opinions on these Medicaid proposals known to state lawmakers before the state budget is adopted in late March.READ MORE