- Florida: CMS will give the state nearly $1 billion in additional funding to help cover supplemental Medicaid payments, reversing a decision by former President Barack Obama's administration to cut the payments to about $600 million last June. The Obama administration opposed the full payments, arguing that supplemental hospital funding should not cover people who would otherwise be covered if the state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, 4/13).
- Maine: The state House on Thursday voted 146-0 to override Gov. Paul LePage's (R) veto of a bill that would have barred certain life, long-term care, and disability insurers from considering a person's status as a living organ donor. According to the Associated Press, the bill would have made Maine one of just a few states to prohibit the practice. The bill now goes to the state Senate for a veto-override vote (AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/17).
- Virginia: Fatal drug overdose deaths rose in the state by 38 percent between 2015 and 2016, an increase that state officials attribute in part to misuse of heroin, prescription fentanyl, and synthetic opioids. For the fourth year in a row, drug overdose deaths in 2016 overtook motor vehicle accidents and gun-related incidents as the top cause of unnatural death in the state, resulting in at least 1,420 deaths (Sullivan, "Virginia Politics," Washington Post, 4/13).
What does health care reform beyond the ACA look like? Join us on May 2nd
Stuart Clark, Managing Director
The first part of the Health Care Advisory Board’s latest “State of the Union” explores what the Trump administration and GOP-controlled Congress will mean for the future of coverage expansion, payment reform, and federal entitlement programs.
The presentation provides an objective analysis of the next era of health care reform, unpacking the potential futures of Medicare, Medicaid, and the private insurance market—and what those changes would mean for provider strategy. The presentation also includes a detailed assessment of the accomplishments, shortcomings, and unintended consequences of the Obama-era reforms.