April 12, 2021

Around the nation: CMS rescinds Medicaid work requirements in 2 more states

Daily Briefing

    CMS in letters sent Tuesday to health officials in Michigan and Wisconsin wrote that it's withdrawing its approval for the states to implement work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina.

    • Georgia: Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has lifted all of Georgia's coronavirus-related restrictions, meaning the state's ban on large gatherings as well as shelter-in-place and social distancing requirements are no longer in effect. The rollback of measures took effect on April 8 and will remain in place through April 30. "We know hard-working Georgians cannot endure another year like that last," Kemp said. "That is why … we are loosening the remaining restrictions on our economy here in Georgia" (Lonas, The Hill, 4/7; Associated Press, 3/31).
    • Maryland: CMS in letters sent Tuesday to health officials in Michigan and Wisconsin wrote that it's withdrawing its approval for the states to implement work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. Under former President Donald Trump's administration, CMS approved Medicaid work requirements in 12 states. CMS has so far withdrawn those approvals in a total of four states, including Arkansas and New Hampshire (Ollove, Stateline, 4/7; Haefner, Becker's Payer Issues, 4/7).
    • South Carolina: Trident Health has named Christina Oh as its CEO, effective May 3. Oh currently serves as CEO of Abrazo West hospital in Arizona and previously held executive positions at Piedmont Medical Center and Placentia-Linda Hospital in California. Oh will succeed Todd Gallati, who spent 13 years as president and CEO of Trident (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/6).
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