NAMD submitted a letter requesting that Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius use her authority to resolve a number of challenges states identified that cut across the Medicaid and Federally Qualify Health Center (FQHC) and Rural Health Center (RHC) programs. The accompanying issue brief includes nearly twenty specific action steps that states believe would help to improve alignment between and strengthen the ongoing management of the programs.

NAMD releases federal policy recommendations to support state-driven improvements in Medicaid behavioral health services.

NAMD released its letter to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee which identifies opportunities for improving the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services. As a nation, we have undergone dramatic changes in how we identify, treat and finance appropriate services for individuals with behavioral health disorders. Yet, federal policy not only fails to sufficiently keep pace it also actually impedes further progress in some instances.

NAMD sends letter to CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services Cindy Mann providing additional comments to the Federal Upper Limit (FUL) files and the National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC) survey. The comments pertain to the Medicaid Outpatient Prescription Drug regulation.

NAMD submitted recommendations to the federal Commission on Long-Term Care which focus on Medicaid-specific issues and dynamics the Commission should reflect in its report to Congress.

In the midst of federal level deliberations on mental health services, NAMD wrote to leaders on the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pension committees identifying issues Congress should consider and proposals that could strengthen state Medicaid programs.

NAMD sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget calling for additional review and analysis of the Department of Labor’s proposed rule, “Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service,” (RIN 1235-AA05).

In response to CMS' request for information on proposed Medicaid performance indicators, NAMD made recommendations to prioritize performance indicators and to make them practical and actionable for states.

 In a March 11 letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius and CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, NAMD requests that states be given time to evaluate options and develop workable approaches for effectuating MAGI and FMAP conversions.

This is HHS's brief in opposition to petitions for rehearing and rehearing en banc in which HHS announced that states can lower provider payments in order to hold down Medicaid program costs.

NAMD submitted formal comments in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's (CMS) proposed rule (CMS-2334-P) covering numerous areas, including Medicaid eligibility, cost sharing and premiums, and coordination with Exchanges.


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