ADEA State Update

HHS Releases its Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

Medicare and Medicaid, HHS, Funding | Permanent link

President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would save an estimated $361.1 billion over 10 years. The HHS budget totals $967.3 billion in outlays and proposes $80.1 billion in discretionary budget authority. Some of the budget requests that affect programs of interest to dental... Click Here To Read More

May 2013 Update on State Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act

Local Policy, State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA | Permanent link

Twenty states and the District of Columbia plan to expand their Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a recent report by Avalere. Under the ACA, as of January 1, 2014, Medicaid eligibility will be expanded to reach all children and adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 133% of the federal poverty level. On... Click Here To Read More

HHS Releases Letter to Issuers on Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges

Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, HHS | Permanent link

On April 5, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a letter to issuers on federally-facilitated and state partnership exchanges. The letter primarily provides issuers seeking to offer... Click Here To Read More

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Discusses Adult Dental Services

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On April 11, the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) met to hear testimony related to adult services under Medicaid. MACPAC was established in the Children’s Health Insurance Program... Click Here To Read More

CMS Issues an Informational Bulletin on Oral Health Initiatives and Other Dental Issues

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On April 18, the Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Services (CMCS) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), issued an... Click Here To Read More

CMS Announces a New Technical Assistance Center for States on Medicaid Managed Care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new technical assistance center for states related to Medicaid Managed Care.... Click Here To Read More

DC Bans Health Insurers from Charging Higher Premiums for Smokers

Local Policy, Insurance, ACA | Permanent link

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits states to allow health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50% higher premiums. Additionally, the ACA requires all new private health insurance plans to cover services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (... Click Here To Read More

California Takes a Look at Online Course Offerings

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S.B. 520, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-CA), passed the Senate Committee on Education by a vote of 8-0, and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations... Click Here To Read More

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Holds Dental Stakeholder Meeting

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

Over the last year the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has increased its focus on dental practitioners in Texas serving Medicaid and CHIP patients. The initial focus by the Texas HHSC OIG was related to improper solicitation of Medicaid clients by dentists; however, their focus seems to now... Click Here To Read More

New York Continues to Focus on Tobacco Regulations

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At the request of Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY), legislation has been introduced to further reduce smoking in New York City. According to Mayor Bloomberg, the bill, called... Click Here To Read More

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