CMS Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation Published

Earlier this week, CMS released for publication a proposed rule[1] that would add some degree of transparency and oversight to the somewhat opaque world of Medicaid financing.  It’s a topic that’s fascinated us here at the Medicaid and the Law Blog for some time and we’ve written about it on a couple of occasions.  Over the years,… More

Why are Medicaid and CHIP enrollment numbers declining?

For much of the past two years, enrollment in the Medicaid and CHIP programs has been declining.  In May, 2017, enrollment in both programs was 74.6 million people.  As of May of this year, enrollment had declined by 2.5%, to 72.8 million.  This decline has applied across the board, in almost every state, for adults and for children.

Superficially, this might make sense;… More

Tennessee Announces First-in-Nation Block Grant Proposal

On September 17, 2019, Tennessee released its proposal to block grant most of the funding the state’s Medicaid program (TennCare) receives from the Federal government. If approved by CMS, the amendment to the state’s longstanding 1115 waiver program would make Tennessee the first state in the nation to move to a true “block grant” format for Medicaid funding. A draft of the proposed waiver is available on the state’s website —… More

As a Public Charge Rule is Finalized by DHS, Concern Over Upcoming DOJ Rule Grows

Last Fall, we wrote about a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Homeland Security that involved one of our favorite topics:  the intersection of immigration and health care law.  My colleague Christian Springer and I have been following this proposed regulation very closely, and last week, it was issued in final form.  Because it has generated enormous press attention and because it has significant implications for the Medicaid program,… More

D.C. Circuit Reverses District Court in DSH Case

We have long covered the handful of lawsuits that have been filed over the past several years concerning Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (“DSH”) payment policies.  These lawsuits all revolve around some steps that CMS had taken in recent years to exclude payments made for dual-eligible (Medicaid and Medicare) patients and payments made by private insurers from DSH hospitals’ uncompensated care costs.  CMS promulgated a rule to this effect,… More

Senate Finance Committee Proposes Significant Drug Pricing Reforms in Medicaid

On July 25, 2019 the Senate Finance Committee voted to advance their long-awaited drug pricing package to the Senate floor (we anticipate a Floor vote sometime this Fall). The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act (PDPRA) of 2019, as the package is called, proposes numerous drug pricing reforms across Federal healthcare programs (including Part B and Part D), but for today’s blog post we will focus on some of the many Medicaid provisions included in the final mark-up.… More

CMS Proposes to Eliminate Its Medicaid Access Monitoring Standards

Last week, CMS issued a proposed rule as part of a broader Administration-wide initiative to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens.  The proposed rule would absolve states from many of the requirements of a final regulation issued by CMS in 2015 that requires states, before reducing or restructuring payments in their Medicaid programs, to conduct a review (called an access monitoring review plan, or AMRP) of the effect of the proposed rate reductions or restructuring on access to services. … More

Medicaid and Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

On June 19, the House of Representatives passed the funding bill for the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2020.  CMS is funded in this annual legislation and this funding bill is often a vehicle for Congress to express its support or displeasure for some of CMS’s activities during the year.

This year’s bill is no different.  Section 239 of the legislation (H.R.… More

Tom Barker Testifies Before Energy & Commerce on Medicaid DSH

On June 4, 2019, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, held a hearing entitled “Investing in America’s Health Care.”  Among other topics covered at the hearing was the future of the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment system, a topic that we have written about in the past.  Unless Congress acts, Medicaid DSH payments will be cut by $4 billion on October 1,… More

CMS Clarifies Spread Pricing Reporting Requirements for Medicaid MCOs

We have talked previously on this blog about ongoing efforts by the Administration to reform drug pricing, including efforts to dramatically revamp the way in which health plans and their PBMs (including Medicaid MCOs) negotiate drug discounts. At the state level, PBMs have been under fire in recent years, with several State Medicaid agencies alleging a lack of transparency in contracts with the states.… More