POLICY BRIEFINGS


OIG Uncovers Unreported Abuse in Nursing Homes


The Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has found 134 cases of Medicare beneficiaries sustaining injuries as the result of abuse or neglect of nursing homes in the past two years. Evidence indicates that 28 percent of these cases were not reported to law enforcement. According to the early alert memorandum sent to Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency lacks adequate procedures to assure that abuse and neglect of skilled nursing home residents are identified and reported. A more detailed report on detecting beneficiary abuse from the Inspector General is forthcoming.


State and Local Policymakers Comment on Market Stabilization


The State Health Exchange Leadership Network has written to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee with a plan to stabilize the individual insurance market. The group, which is comprised of state health officials, recommends federal assurance of funding for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, and the establishment of a permanent, federal reinsurance program. Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) have also released their own market stabilization health-care reform proposal. The bipartisan plan would retain the individual mandate, at least in the short-term, and fund CSR payments through at least 2019. Kasich and Hickenlooper support the creation of a temporary stability fund to bring down premiums and assure coverage of the sickest enrollees. Their recommendations, which were also signed by the governors of Nevada, Virginia, Alaska, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Montana, were sent to House and Senate leadership.


Finance Committee Schedules CHIP Hearing


The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) on Thursday. Funding for the program expires at the end of the month, and lawmakers still have to determine the duration of the reauthorization, whether to open reauthorization to the attachments of additional measures, and whether to continue the federal matching funds first started by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). State health officials have warned lawmakers that any delay to reauthorization or significant changes to the CHIP program will require many states to rewrite their budgets.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Meetings


Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: State Insurance Commissioners; 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; September 6

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on The History and Current Reality of the U.S. Health Care System;” 10:00 a.m., 342 Dirksen Bldg.; September 6

Senate Appropriations Committee Markup of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018; 11:00 a.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg.; September 6

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Governors; 9:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; September 7

Senate Finance Committee hearing on The Children’s Health Insurance Program: The Path Forward; 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; September 7

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: State Flexibility; 10:00 a.m., 930 Dirksen Bldg.; September 12

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Health Care Stakeholders; 10:00 a.m., 930 Dirksen Bldg.; September 14



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