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COVID-19: House W&M Committee Discusses the Disproportionate Impact of Pandemic on Communities of Color

By Josh LaRosa | June 1, 2020

On May 27, 2020, the House Ways and Means Committee convened its first ever virtual hearing to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. Overall, members vocalized support for the need to address the underlying reasons behind why minority communities have experienced higher rates of infection and mortality linked to COVID-19. Specifically,…

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CMS Finalizes a Subset of Policies in MA and Part D Final Rule, Including ESRD MA Enrollment and MA and Part D Star Rating Changes; Subsequent Final Rule to Address Remaining Policies

By Erin Slifer | May 22, 2020

On May 22, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Contract Year (CY) 2021 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Final Rule (press release; fact sheet).  Of note, CMS is finalizing only a subset of the proposed policies, and will address the remaining proposed policies in subsequent rulemaking in 2020. What…

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Framing the Week

By Alyssa Llamas | May 19, 2020

Senate Republicans have no immediate plans to consider the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) – the $3 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by House Democrats last Friday (May 15) – or present a counter offer to begin negotiations. Instead, the Senate will consider a slew of judicial nominees before adjourning for the Memorial Day recess. In…

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In Follow up to First Set, CMS Announces Additional Wide-Reaching Flexibilities for Providers to Aid the COVID-19 Response

By Josh LaRosa | May 1, 2020

In follow-up to its March 31st interim final rule with comment period (IFC),  the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a second set of wide-reaching changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. What it is. CMS is effectuating these changes through a combination of its IFC rulemaking authority and its application of 1135…

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Health Policy Fellow: Federal Government Relations & Policy (Part-time; Stipend)

By Billy Wynne | April 29, 2020

Wynne Health Group – a mission-driven, public interest health policy consulting and advocacy firm – seeks applicants with a strong interest in federal health policy and politics to join our DC team as a Fellow. This opportunity is ripe for students looking to gain first-hand experience working with lobbyists and consultants on key legislative and…

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

By Taylor Cowey | April 17, 2020

WHG Catalogue last updated: April 17, 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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