The measure funds federal agencies through Dec. 11 and extends by 120 days the deadline by which health care providers must begin repaying coronavirus relief loans doled out under the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Nebraska, and Texas.
- District of Columbia: President Trump on Thursday signed into law a short-term government spending bill that funds federal agencies through Dec. 11. The law includes several provisions related to America's coronavirus epidemic and health care. For instance, the law extends by 120 days the deadline by which health care providers must begin repaying coronavirus relief loans doled out under the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. Under the law, providers now do not need to start repaying those loans until one year after their loan was issued (Pramuk, CNBC, 9/30; Cohrs, Modern Healthcare, 9/30).
- Nebraska: Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday officially expanded the state's Medicaid program, extended Medicaid coverage to state residents with annual incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. The expansion comes nearly two years after Nebraska voters approved the extension via a ballot measure. So far, 10,288 Nebraska residents have signed up for coverage under the expansion (Schulte, Associated Press, 9/30).
- Texas: Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in a tweet posted Tuesday announced its CEO, David Parmer, will retire next year. Parmer, who joined Baptist Hospitals in November 1989, will continue to lead the health system through June 30, 2021, and then serve in an advisory role (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/1).