By Heather Smith CHAM CHC – The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than 8 million Medicaid recipients, 5.4 million of whom are children, will lose Medicaid/CHIP coverage with the phase-out of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
From KFF Health News – Their latest podcast, What the Health, The partisan fight in Congress over how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling to prevent a default has accelerated, as the U.S. Treasury predicted the borrowing limit could be reached as soon as June 1. On the table, potentially, are large cuts to federal spending programs, including major health programs.
From Kaiser Health News Network – Their latest podcast, What the Health, The lame-duck Congress is back in Washington with a long list of bills it would like to pass and a short time to do it before Republicans take over the House majority in January.
From Kaiser Health News Network – Their latest podcast, What the Health, As covid-19 cases in the U.S. continue to rise, the Biden administration is countering with new strategies. The latest efforts include preparing for vaccine boosters starting this fall, requiring that nursing home workers be vaccinated and pushing back against state bans on mask mandates in schools.
From Kaiser Health News Network – Their latest podcast, What the Health, Health care makes some surprising appearances in President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan, even though more health proposals are expected in a second proposal later this month.
By Phil Galewitz – With its choice of a new leader, the Florida Hospital Association has signaled that seeking legislative approval to expand Medicaid to nearly 850,000 uninsured adults won’t be among its top priorities. In October, Mary Mayhew became the association’s CEO.