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Monthly Archives: January 2021

As COVID-19 Vaccines Become More Widely Available, New Research Emerges on Messaging Best Practices

The long-awaited vaccine to protect against COVID-19 is being distributed to health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and, in some states, older adults who live in the community.  Some state and local governments have encountered administrative difficulties and disruptions, slowing the roll out. These problems, coupled with the […]

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The Biden Administration Will Likely Look to Rescind Some Medicaid Waivers, but It May Take Time

The non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) recently released an issue brief on the various state Medicaid waivers issued by the Trump administration and what options the Biden administration may have to consolidate, delay, or reverse them. Medicaid waivers allow states to implement changes to their Medicaid programs that would otherwise […]

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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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