Tagged with Healthcare Reform

Pennsylvania – FY 2019 Budget Legislation Approved

The governor of Pennsylvania has given final approval for the state’s $32.7 billion 2018-19 spending bill. The finalized bill, House Bill 2121, includes a number of healthcare related provisions, such as increased funding for community-based family centers and home-visiting providers, additional investments to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, and increased access waivers for in-home supports and services.

New Jersey – Legislature Passes FY 2019 Budget Bill

On July 1, the Governor of New Jersey signed the 2019 Fiscal Budget into law. The $37.4 billion budget includes increased funding for the Department of Health as well as the state’s Department of Human Services.

New York Finalizes Draft Waiver Transition Plan for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has finalized its Draft Waiver Transition Plan which lays out their vision for reform of the system serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), “People First Care Coordination.” The Transition Plan describes the development of Care Coordination Organizations, which will provide Health Home Care Management services.

Department of Health and Human Services Announces Future Changes to Provider Reimbursements

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced its plans to overhaul the way the federal government reimburses providers. The Department states, in an effort to improve technology and transparency, it will make changes to interoperability, price transparency, and care delivery through Medicare and Medicaid, and remove regulations that hinder private innovation.

NJ – DHS Expands Behavioral Health Benefits Covered Under NJ FamilyCare

The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) last month announced that it has expanded the list of covered health benefits available to align behavioral health coverage for Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (FIDE SNPs), and Division of Developmentally Disabled (DDD) MCO members participating in the New Jersey FamilyCare (NJFC) Medicaid managed care program.

MA – Senate Releases Comprehensive Health Care Legislation

Massachusetts Senate leaders have released a comprehensive health care legislation containing a wide range of provisions that, if finalized, would require the state to report the top 50 employers with the highest number of employees who receive coverage through MassHealth as well as require those companies identified to pay a large portion of a $200 million assessment to cover funding shortfalls in the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth.

VA Issues Proposed Rule to Allow Telemedicine Across State Lines

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed a rule that would preempt state laws restricting the ability of VA healthcare providers to supply telehealth services to veterans across state lines or within states, intended to increase the availability of mental health, specialty care, and general clinical care to veterans, especially in rural areas.

FL – 44.7% Proposed PPACA Rate Increase for 2018

Florida state officials have announced submission of the proposed rates for 2018 ACA plans. According to the announcement, premiums may increase by 44.7% next year for ACA compliant plans.