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Federal Health Policy Update for Thursday, June 10

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

White House

Health Policy News

  • The White House has released a memo titled “What We Urge You To Do To Protect Against The Threat of Ransomware.”  This memo addresses the growing number and size of ransomware incidents and calls upon government and the private sector to take steps to protect their organizations from this growing threat.  The memo also outlines the federal government’s recommended best practices.  Find the memo here.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COVID-19

  • To improve access to COVID-19 vaccines for the home-bound, CMS announced that Medicare will pay an additional $35 per dose for COVID-19 vaccine administration in a beneficiary’s home, increasing the total payment amount for at-home vaccination from approximately $40 to approximately $75 per vaccine dose.  For a two-dose vaccine this results in a total payment of approximately $150 for the administration of both doses, or approximately $70 more than the current rate.  For further information, see the following resources:

Health Policy Update for Tuesday, June 8

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

White House

Health Policy News

  • The White House, HHS, HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the FDA have announced a series of policy recommendations to address vulnerabilities in U.S. pharmaceutical supply chains.  Under one of these recommendations, HHS, under the Defense Production Act and building on current public-private partnerships, will establish a public-private consortium for advanced domestic manufacturing of essential medicines production.  The consortium’s first task will be to select 50-100 critical drugs, drawn from the FDA’s essential medicines list, to be the focus of this effort.  HHS also will make an initial commitment of approximately $60 million from the American Rescue Plan to develop novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for active pharmaceutical ingredients.  Learn more about this initiative from the following resources:

Medicaid Enrollment Continues to Rise

Medicaid enrollment in 36 states rose 17.7 percent from February 2020 to March 2021.

Leading the way were two Medicaid expansion states, Utah and Nebraska, which saw their Medicaid enrollment increase 37.6 percent and 30.9 percent, respectively.Other states with major increases in Medicaid enrollment were Missouri (26.5 percent), Illinois (26.3 percent), and Indiana (25.7 percent).  The increases appear to have been driven by pandemic-related job losses and the accompanying economic downturn.

Learn more about where and why Medicaid enrollment is rising from the article “What is Happening With Medicaid Enrollment in Q1 of 2021?” on the web site of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.…

Federal Health Policy Update for Thursday, June 3

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

White House

Health Policy News

  • Late last week the Biden administration released its proposed FY 2022 budget.  Most of the health care provisions had already been disclosed and discussed prior to the formal budget release.  For additional information about the proposed budget, see the following resources:

COVID-19

  • President Biden announced a “National Month of Action” to mobilize a drive to get 70 percent of U.S. adults at least one COVID-19 shot by July 4.  Throughout the month, national organizations, local government leaders, community-based and faith-based partners, businesses, employers, social media influencers, celebrities, athletes, colleges, young people, and thousands of volunteers across the nation will be asked to work together to get their communities vaccinated.  Learn more about the various facets of this campaign in this administration fact sheet.

Congress

  • Representative Frank Pallone, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Senator Patty Murray, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,

Federal Health Policy Update for Tuesday, May 25

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

The White House

COVID-19

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COVID-19

Health Policy News

  • The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be CMS administrator.

Department of Health and Human Services

COVID-19

  • HHS and its Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have announced that they will spend $4.8 billion in American Rescue Plan money to support HRSA’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program.  This funding will enable the program to continue reimbursing health care providers for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19.  See the announcement here.
  • HHS and HRSA announced the availability of $14.2 million from the American Rescue Plan to