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House Members to CMS: Don’t Cut 340B Payments

More than half of the members of the House of Representatives have written to CMS administrator Seema Verma asking her to withdraw a controversial proposal that would greatly reduce Medicare reimbursement for prescription drugs for urban safety-net hospitals and other safety-net providers that serve large numbers of low-income patients.. At issue are proposed changes in the federal section 340B prescription drug discount program – changes that would drastically reduce payments to participating hospitals for the prescription drugs they provide to low-income outpatients.  Savings from the program help underwrite services and outreach for low-income patients. The letter to CMS administrator Verma [&hellip

Suit Claims Low Medicaid Rates are Discriminatory

A lawsuit filed in state courts in California argues that the state’s low Medicaid payments amount to discrimination against the state’s large Hispanic Medicaid population. California pays among the lowest rates in the country to physicians, making health care inaccessible for some, and the suit maintains that this is a civil rights issue in which low rates amount to discrimination. The suit is based on state anti-discrimination and equal protection laws, and many other states have similar laws on the books.  Observers question whether the low rates constitute discrimination against the suit’s Hispanic plaintiffs because the low rates affect the [&hellip

House Members Seek Delay of DSH Cuts

221 members of the House of Representatives have written to House leaders asking them to delay cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share payments (Medicaid DSH) that are scheduled to begin on October 1. The cuts, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, have already twice been delayed by Congress, both times for two years, and now, a majority of House members have written to House speaker Paul Ryan and minority leader Nancy Pelosi asking them to advance legislation to delay Medicaid DSH cuts once again. The purpose of Medicaid DSH payments is to help hospitals that serve especially large numbers of low-income [&hellip

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