Monthly Archives: January 2021

Several Key Health Bills Included in Recent Congressional Action to Address the Pandemic and Fund the Government

At the end of 2020, Congress passed sweeping legislation addressing the COVID-19 public health emergency, updating Medicare and Medicaid policies, funding the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year, and extending essential health care programs.  While the bill’s COVID-19 relief was necessary and important to ensure equitable access […]

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Key BENES Act Provisions Signed into Law

On December 23, Congress passed several key provisions of the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act (S. 1280/H.R. 2477) as part of a comprehensive legislative package. Signed into law days later, these policies will update Medicare enrollment rules for the first time in over 50 years to end lengthy waits for coverage, expand critical administrative flexibilities, and inform future policymaking on enrollment period alignment.

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