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Health Policy News
(July 19, 2012)

ACP President Testifies before the Energy and Commerce Committee

ACP President, David L. Bronson, MD, FACP, testified on July 18 before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health on "Using Innovation to Reform Medicare Physician Payment."

There Is No Deadline for States to Decide Whether to Participate in Medicaid Expansion

In response to a July 10, 2012 letter from Republican governors requesting clarification on issues related to Medicaid expansion in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing states to opt out of the Medicaid expansion without being penalized, CMS said in its July 13, letter[PDF] that there is no deadline for a state to tell the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) its plans on the Medicaid eligibility expansion. CMS also said in the letter that states can receive funding for Medicaid IT and Exchange Implementation costs even if it has not yet decided whether to expand Medicaid eligibility or to run its own exchange. “And, if the states ultimately decide not to do so, it will not have to pay those resources back.”

Report Says, Many Will Remain Uninsured in States That Do Not Implement Medicaid Expansion

A recent Urban Institute report “Making the Medicaid Expansion an ACA Option: How Many Low-Income Americans Could Remain Uninsured,” said that 17.8 million (80 percent) of the 22.3 million Americans eligible for Medicaid under the health care reform law could remain uninsured if states refuse to participate in the law's Medicaid expansion.

The report includes a list of national and state-level estimates of uninsured Americans eligible for the Medicaid expansion and subsidies based on data from the 2010 American Community Survey.

CMS Announces 89 New Accountable Care Organizations

On July 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 89 new accountable care organizations (ACOs) in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The 89 ACOs announced on July 9 bring the total number of organizations participating in Medicare shared savings initiatives to 154.

New HRSA Data by State and Congressional District

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a new feature on their website where you can click on a state or congressional district and receive a summary fact sheet of how much funding was distributed in that state/district including: community health centers, rural health, HIT and workforce related grants. It also provides the number of National Health Service Corps scholars in the state/district and number of vacancies as well as information on the state/district's shortage designation. To access the HRSA site go to http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/HRSAInYourState.aspx.

Please contact Shuan Tomlinson at stomlinson@acponline.org or call 800-338-2746 ext. 4547 if you have questions.

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