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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Disparate Impact Claims may be Brought Under the Rehabilitation Act

In CVS Pharmacy v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether disability disparate impact claims may be brought under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and therefore under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (AC

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Supreme Court to Review Application of Hospital Medicare Drug Reimbursement Statute

In American Hospital Association v. Becerra the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may set the reimbursement rates for drugs covered by Medicare based on acquisition cost and vary such rates by hospital type if HHS has not collected hospital acquisition cost data.

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SCOTUS To Decide if State Medicaid May Recover Future Medical Expense Settlements To Pay for Past Costs

In Gallardo v. Marstiller, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal Medicaid Act allows a state Medicaid program to recover reimbursement for Medicaid’s payment of a beneficiary’s past medical expenses by taking funds from the beneficiary’s tort recovery that compensate for future medical expenses.

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SCOTUS to Decide Hospital Stay Medicare Reimbursement Case

The issue in Becerra v. Empire Health Foundation is whether the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can, for calculating the disproportionate share hospital payment, include in the Medicare fraction all of a hospital’s patient days of individuals who qualify for Medicare Part A benefits, regardless of whether Medicare actually paid the hospital for those particular days.

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NCSL Welcomes the Fourth Cohort of Opioid Policy Fellows  

After a competitive application process, 25 state legislators from across the country were selected to join NCSL’s Opioid Policy Fellows Program for its fourth year.

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NCSL Co-Hosts Child Care Stabilization Grants Federal Briefing with the Administration

Top officials from the Administration of Children and Families virtually briefed an audience of governors, state legislators, legislative staff and county officials about ACF’s recently released Child Care Stabilization Grants guidance.

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In a 7-2 opinion in California v. Texas, the Supreme Court held that neither the individual nor the state plaintiffs had standing to challenge as unconstitutional the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to obtain health insurance following Congress setting the penalty at $0 in 2017. 

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Read the Details on Increased Medicaid Funds for Home and Community Based Services

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act includes several flexibilities for state Medicaid programs, including  provisions allowing states to receive increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funding for different services.

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Managing Costs in Medicaid—Practical Options for Reducing Spending, Improving Outcomes

With Medicaid accounting for nearly 30% of total state spending on average and significant enrollment increases over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers seek options to manage state spending on Medicaid programs.

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Special Delivery: State Strategies to Ensure Healthy Pregnancies

NCSL’s new report, “State Approaches to Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies Through Prenatal Care,” provides an overview of factors influencing prenatal care access and utilization, different models of care, and state-level solutions and policy options.

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