New Telehealth Bills Emphasize Insurance Coverage, Remote Patient Monitoring

Legislation to advance telehealth payer coverage and include remote patient monitoring platforms is ¬†advancing in several statehouses across the country. The Center for Connected Health Policy finds around 90 bills in state legislatures, at this time, addressing telehealth issues ranging from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, to private payer reimbursement, pilot projects, licensing, and more. In…

GAO: State Medicaid Home-and-Community-Based Services Face Funding and Workforce Challenges

States struggle to provide home-and-community-based services through their Medicaid programs due to workforce issues related to low pay, the complex needs of many patients, and limited funds from state governments, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). All state Medicaid programs provide some financial support for long-term services and supports (LTSS)…

ACA Medicaid Expansion Spreads, So Do Work Requirements

Several states that have been firmly against Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act are now reconsidering that position, after elections last year brought a very different state legislature in Virginia and expansion advocates have had success gathering support in two conservative western states. Virginia‚Äôs last two governors, incumbent Ralph Northam and his predecessor, Terry…

NAHC Urges CMS to Reject Elimination of Retroactive Medicaid Coverage

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reject a proposed amendment in Arizona to eliminate three-month retroactive coverage for all Medicaid beneficiaries. The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) has proposed an amendment to…