NAMD submitted a response to the December 2015 policy options paper issued by the Chronic Care Working Group of the Senate Committee on Finance. NAMD conveyed its strong support for permanent authorization for the Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) program and called for reform of enrollment policies for the Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible […]

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NAMD provided responses to a set of Senate Finance Committee questions regarding streamlining and improving Medicaid data reporting, as well as exploring avenues to enhance Medicaid’s access to other data sources. In the response, NAMD calls for reducing certain outdated reporting requirements, facilitating the sharing of Medicaid data between federal entities, and making other federal […]

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NAMD Responds to Medicaid Access RFI

NAMD submitted comments to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information (RFI) to provide key considerations around Medicaid access monitoring measures. NAMD recommends that CMS must allow states to retain authority over their reimbursement rates, as well as prioritize high-value measures that target specific program priorities and minimize overall reporting burden […]

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NAMD submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to CMS’s final rule on monitoring access to Medicaid services. The letter requests a delay in the initial submission date for state access monitoring plans, that states heavily invested in Medicaid managed care be exempted from the rule’s requirements, and discusses […]

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NAMD Supports Revising Medicare Risk Model

NAMD submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the CMS-Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) risk adjustment model for plan year 2017. Alignment of Medicare and Medicaid payment policies is increasingly important to states’ work to drive person-centered systems that address the continuum of complex service needs for […]

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NAMD submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the development of the Medicare and multi-payer provider incentive program created under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The letter, which responds to CMS’ request for information, offers insight on the inclusion of Medicaid alternative payment models in the program […]

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NAMD submitted comments in response to CMS’ paper, “Medicaid Services ‘Received Through’ an Indian Health Service/Tribal Facility: A Request for Comment”. The paper seeks to revise interpretation of Section 1905 (b) of the Act to move towards parity in the federal matching rate for services furnished through Indian Health Services (IHS) or “638” tribally-operated health […]

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Today, the National Association of Medicaid Directors released its Fourth Annual State Medicaid Operations Survey—offering a window into the nation’s Medicaid programs at the 50th anniversary of the program.  The survey results demonstrate the variety and the coherence among the 56 Medicaid programs, and exemplify the changing job of “Medicaid Director” in the 50 states, […]

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NAMD Comments on 340B Omnibus Guidance

NAMD submitted comments to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s proposed omnibus guidance addressing several aspects of the 340B drug discount program. Read the full comments.

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Today, NAMD urged Congressional committees of jurisdiction to take immediate action to avert the 52% increase in Medicare Part B premiums slated to take effect on January 1, 2016. The letter notes that the financial burden of this increase falls primarily on Medicaid programs, as the premium increase applies to only 30% of Part B […]

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