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COVID-19: Updated WHG Catalogue of Health Agency Guidance and Government Response to COVID-19

By Taylor Cowey | April 7, 2020

WHG Catalogue last updated: April 7, 2020 (see here). Please also stay up to date on all COVID-19 developments by regularly checking the official CDC website on the outbreak here.   As the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has taken hold, U.S. government agencies have ramped up the rapid release of fact sheets and guidance documents…

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Framing the Week

By Alyssa Llamas | April 6, 2020

While initially speeding out of the gate with a large “Phase 4” recovery bill focused on infrastructure and other Democratic priorities, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a Dear Colleague over the weekend acknowledging that a bipartisan effort is needed to create a “CARES 2” package that will build off the last emergency relief measure…

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COVID-19: U.S. Surgeon General Details ‘Crisis Standards of Care Strategies’ in Open Letter on Optimizing Ventilator Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Taylor Cowey | April 2, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that it has developed “crisis standards of care strategies” to optimize ventilator use in the face of unprecedented demand on hospital and ICU resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, HHS partnered with FEMA, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and…

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COVID-19: Summary of USDA Waivers and Program Flexibilities for SNAP, WIC, and Child Nutrition Programs

By Taylor Cowey | April 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), like other agencies across the government, has taken many actions in recent days to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Below we outline the various regulatory waivers the agency has issued to ease operation and ensure beneficiary access in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the…

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COVID-19: In Sweeping Set of Changes, Agency Opens Up New Flexibilities to Providers for COVID-19 Response; Additional Details Included for Plans and State Surveyors

By Josh LaRosa | March 31, 2020

Access our complete summary of these developments here.   On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted a sweeping array of new provider flexibilities for supporting the health care system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (press release). The changes leverage many of the avenues available to the agency in affecting policy,…

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COVID-19: Guidance to States on Implementing the 6.2% Increase to Medicaid FMAP; Minor Modification Made under the CARES Act

By Taylor Cowey | March 30, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released set of FAQs designed to give state Medicaid programs implementation guidance on the 6.2 percent increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for each state and territory, which was made possible under Section 6008 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Our WHG…

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COVID-19: House Passes (Updated) CARES Act (Phase III COVID-19 Stimulus); Next Step: President’s Signature

By Alyssa Llamas | March 27, 2020

The House passed, by a voice vote, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) – the third in a series of bills intended to enhance the federal government and health care system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while providing economic relief to individuals and businesses (WHG summary here). The bill now…

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COVID-19: CDC Releases New Guidance for Providers and Hospitals; Preparedness Checklists; Clinical Specimens; Dialysis Facilities

By Alyssa Llamas | March 26, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new and updated guidance to aid health care providers and hospitals in treating possible or confirmed patients with COVID-19. Resources for Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals Preparing for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 – Provides checklists highlighting key steps for hospitals and front-line healthcare providers…

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COVID-19: Senate Updates Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

By Alyssa Llamas | March 25, 2020

Full summary available here. On March 25, 2020, the Senate released an updated version of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – a package of bills intended to strengthen the federal government and health care system’s response to COVID-19, as well as provide economic relief to individuals and businesses. The House is…

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COVID-19: In response to outbreak, CMS Outlines New QHP Flexibilities re: Premium Payment Deadlines

By Josh LaRosa | March 24, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 national emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a memorandum outlining new flexibilities available to qualified health plans (QHPs) participating in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchange. Specifically, the memo details that, for the duration of the national emergency, CMS will permit QHPs on State and…

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