CHA News

‘Public Charge’ Rule to Take Effect Feb. 24

Following a decision last week by the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced it will implement the “public charge” final rule beginning Feb. 24. The rule allows the federal government to exclude from entry any immigrant — after considering their age, health, family status, education and skills, and financial resources — who has used, or is likely to use, certain health care, nutrition, or housing programs for more than 12 months in a 36-month period.

CMS Releases Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Rule for 2021

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Rule for 2021, also known as the Proposed 2021 Payment Notice. This proposed rule would update regulatory and financial standards applied to issuers and exchanges, as well as set parameters for the risk-adjustment program.

CHA Comments on Health Plan Price Transparency Proposed Rule

CHA has submitted comments on the proposed rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), along with the departments of Labor and Treasury, that would establish a number of new price transparency requirements for health plans — including a proposal to require the disclosure of negotiated rates. CHA thanks members for their input, which helped inform our comments.

CHA and Member Hospitals Testify at Legislative Hearing on Hospital Seismic Safety

The Assembly and Senate Health Committees held a joint informational hearing Jan. 28 about hospital seismic safety and the 2030 requirement to be fully operational after an earthquake event. The hearing provided an opportunity to raise awareness among lawmakers about the 2030 mandate for hospitals, as well as for CHA and representatives from hospitals in different parts of the state to testify about hospital preparedness and the impact of the 2030 requirement.

CMS Announces Medicaid Block Grant Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance to state Medicaid directors announcing a new demonstration called the Healthy Adult Opportunity initiative. It would allow states to operate their program within a defined budget target – set on either total expenses or per-enrollee basis – commonly known as “block grants.”