Biden Administration Taps New Appointees to Head CMMI and CMS
According to reports in Fierce Healthcare, President Joe Biden has chosen Obama administration veteran Liz Fowler to lead the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Fowler is the latest Obama administration veteran to be reportedly chosen by Biden to oversee his healthcare agenda. He has reportedly chosen Chiquita Brooks-Lasure, another Obama veteran, to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared a number of resources to assist states and providers in communicating the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to particular populations. These include resources tailored to people with disabilities, as well as resources to assist in tracking vaccine administration rates by jurisdiction. NAMD is sharing these resources below for state reference.
CDC has also partnered with the Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design to develop accessible COVID-19 resources. These are available on the Center’s website.
House to Begin Consideration of Reconciliation Package This Week; CBO Score Indicates Slimming Down Needed to Hit $1.9 Trillion Cost Threshold
The House will begin the next phase of advancing COVID-19 relief through the budget reconciliation process this week. Today, the House Budget Committee will put together the various markups advanced by House Committees last week and work to ensure the compiled package complies with the $1.9 trillion cap on deficit spending laid out in reconciliation instructions. A score of the package from the Congressional Budget Office sets the current deficit spending level at slightly above that mark, which indicates this work may take the majority of the week and potentially spill into the weekend. However, the package is still expected to advance through the strength of the Democratic majority in the House despite any tweaks to comply with reconciliation parameters.
Administration Letter to Governors Indicates PHE to Extend Through 2021
Recently, the Biden Administration sent a letter to the nation’s Governors signaling its intent to renew the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) throughout 2021. Further, the letter indicates that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide states with 60 days’ notice prior to terminating the PHE or allowing it to expire. Statute requires the PHE to be renewed every 90 days.
Wall Street Journal: “Medicaid Enrollment Surge During Pandemic Leaves States Looking for Cost Cuts”
State leaders are weighing possible cuts to Medicaid services and health-care benefits to offset rising costs due to a surge of enrollees who have lost jobs and need health coverage as the coronavirus pandemic has intensified.
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As promised, CMS has responded to the Follow-Up Questions from the September 19, 2020 CMS Virtual Presentation sponsored by NAME/HSC.
On October 14, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) updated its Medicaid telehealth toolkit to include additional detail on telehealth modalities, tools to support states in analyzing and further developing telehealth benefits, and specific examples from several states. This comprehensive tool includes special consideration pediatric populations and compiles a variety of other federal telehealth resources for states.