For the first time, grants for Medicaid, CHIP target those who are pregnant

Modern Healthcare reports that state and local governments, nonprofits, schools and more can now apply to receive up to $1.5 million each over three years to help more children benefit. of health coverage.

Modern Healthcare: CMS: $49M in Grants to Boost Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services opened $49.4 million in grants Thursday to advance enrollment and retention in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program among children, parents and pregnant women. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a Thursday call with reporters that this is the first time that Medicaid and CHIP enrollment retention grants have also targeted pregnant women. Organizations including state and local governments, tribal organizations, nonprofits, schools and more can apply to receive up to $1.5 million each over three years to help more people. children to benefit from health coverage. Applications will be open until March 28. (Goldman, 1/27)

In other Medicaid and Medicare news –

Kansas City Star: Republicans seek to block KanCare changes through 2026

Kansas Republicans, seeking to limit Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s authority in an election year or beyond, want to bar the state from making significant changes to its Medicaid program through 2026 and prevent administration to renegotiate key contracts that expire next year. “The idea is to give the next administration a clean slate to put anybody’s stamp on (the contracts),” said Rep. Brenda Landwehr, a Republican from Wichita. The “anyone” Republicans would like to see is Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the only GOP candidate currently running against Kelly. While the bill freezes Medicaid until 2026, an amendment Landwehr is considering would allow changes with legislative authority. (Bernard, 1/27)

News 5 Cleveland: Changes coming to how Ohio Medicaid users choose their plans

If you’re one of the approximately one in four Ohioans who get health coverage through the state’s Medicaid program, changes await you this year that will require you to take an active role in selecting your coverage each year. from now on. The “Next Generation” redesign due to launch in July removes automatic re-enrollment and has taken three years to prepare. (Kositch, 1/27)

KHN: Medicare patients get right to appeal gap in nursing home coverage

A three-judge federal appeals court panel in Connecticut has likely ended an 11-year fight over a frustrating and confusing rule that has left hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries without coverage for nursing home care. retirement and no way to challenge a refusal. The Jan. 25 ruling, which came in response to a 2011 class action lawsuit eventually joined by 14 beneficiaries against the Department of Health and Human Services, will guarantee patients the right to appeal to Medicare for nursing home coverage. nurses if they were admitted to a hospital as an inpatient, but were transferred to observation care, an outpatient service. (Jaffe, 1/28)

FiercePharma: Biogen Bolsters Confirmatory Trial of Aduhelm in Fight for Broader Medicare Coverage

Biogen plans to launch an FDA-mandated post-marketing study of Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, a trial that could be the controversial drug’s main revenue earner for years to come if a Medicare coverage policy is finalized . Aduhelm’s confirmatory trial, dubbed ENVISION, will enroll 1,500 patients with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease instead of the previously announced 1,300, Biogen said. The planned increase is intended to “further strengthen the data that the study will provide,” the company added. (Liu, 1/27)

In related news —

AP: Delayed Washington long-term care program signed into law

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday signed into law an 18-month deferral of the state’s new long-term care program that creates a defined benefit to help offset the costs of such care. His signing comes a day after lawmakers gave final approval to the decision amid concerns over the solvency of the program and criticism over elements of the underlying law, including those nearing retirement who would contribute but would not receive the benefit. (La Corte, 1/28)

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