WHAT'S NEW LEGISLATIVELY & HOT TOPICS ON THE HILL
MHPA is committed to advocating to strengthen and advance Medicaid and quality health care. Take a look at the most recent legislative efforts on Capitol Hill and activities of MHPA's Government Affairs and Policy team
Today MHPA sent a detailed request to leaders in the House and Senate outlining the priorities for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations for the remainder of the 116th Congress. The letter, addressed to Speaker Pelosi, House Minority Leader McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer, emphasizes the importance of an increase in the Medicaid FMAP, as well the Helping MOMS Act and Medicaid-related extenders.
MHPA sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi thanking the House for once again prioritizing additional Medicaid funding in their COVID stimulus legislation, the Heroes Act 2.0.
The Partnership for Medicaid Sends Letter to Senate Leadership Advocating for Medicaid Provisions in any Future COVID Package
As one of the 15 members of the Partnership for Medicaid, MHPA joined in a letter sent to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer urging Congress to build upon existing efforts to raise the federal matching assistance percentage (FMAP) a further 5.8% to at least 12%. The coalition also requested additional funding and instructions to provide relief for Medicaid providers during this challenging time.
MHPA Sends Letter to Senate Leadership Urging for an FMAP Increase and Additional Measures to Help Ease Challenges during COVID Pandemic
Today, MHPA sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer encouraging support of several Medicaid policy proposals — including an FMAP increase — to address the severe health care and economic issues that continue to plague our country caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
MHPA Joins 100+ Organizations in Sending a Letter to Congressional Leadership Asking for Support of an Enhanced FMAP and Rescinding MFAR
MHPA joined with more than 100 organizations in sending a letter to Congressional leadership advocating on behalf of states, territories, counties, cities and towns in support of an enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for the Medicaid program in the next bipartisan COVID relief bill.
MHPA was among one of the 85 groups which sent a letter to House and Senate leaders recognizing the positive recent actions taken by Congress and the Administration to address mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) care during this unprecedented time, but encouraged further action be taken to include another provision on the MIND Act.
MHPA joined with a coalition of long-term services and supports (LTSS) stakeholders in writing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on behalf of the National MLTSS Health Plan Association asking for support for important provisions included in H.R. 6800 (the HEROES Act) needed to address critical LTSS issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Also requested were consideration of additional policy positions not included in H.R. 6800 that would greatly benefit the populations most vulnerable to this virus.
MHPA released the following statement late Friday night in response to the House of Representatives’ passing legislation (H.R. 6800), which includes several MHPA priorities for the next round of coronavirus response legislation.
MHPA sent a letter to Secretary Azar offering recommendations and to encourage taking action to ensure access to care today and in the future for the vulnerable Medicaid and Dually Eligible populations who access care and services through the Medicaid health care delivery system.
MHPA joins with seven other organizations in writing HSS Secretary Azar to urge for the urgency of expeditiously delivery federal financial relief to Medicaid providers and to offer ongoing assistance for future action.
MHPA sent its latest request to Congressional leadership for COVID-19 ‘Phase 4’ legislation. This letter also links to MHPA’s April 1st letter which includes our longer, more detailed list of requests for the next round of COVID-19 legislation.
MHPA joined with other organizations making up the Partnership for Medicaid coalition to send the Medicaid priorities for future COVID-19 legislation.
MHPA Joins 27 National Organizations in Response to the Senate Finance Committee’s Maternal Health RFI
In response to a Congressional Request for Information, MHPA urged the Committee supporting a new state plan option to extend continuous Medicaiad and CHIP eligibility for 12 months postpartum.
Today, MHPA sent a letter to Congressional leaders thanking them for their action and listing 10 Medicaid-issues as they consider future legislation in the “Phase 4” COVID-19 package.
MHPA Signs Coalition Letter in Support of the Reintroduction of the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act
MHPA joined a coalition of nearly 50 health care stakeholder organizations committed to aligning 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for the purposes of health care treatment, payment, and operations, and applauded their leadership on the the issue of substance use disorder privacy records.
MHPA POLICY POSITION:
MHPA’s support for MLTSS is grounded in the belief that managed long-term services and supports are valued health care options for Medicaid beneficiaries that can make a positive difference in their lives, health outcomes, and quality of care.
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MHPA expressed its strong support for H.R.4996, “the Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services (MOMS) Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would create a new state plan option to extend continuous Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) eligibility for 12 months postpartum, a critical step forward in helping to address gaps in maternal and infant health.
Read MHPA’s new fact sheet on how the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) affect Medicaid
For other information links on this topic:
Milliman Report: “ACA Health Insurer Fee – Estimated Impact on State Medicaid Programs and Medicaid Health Plans” (January 2014 Update)
Oliver Wyman Report: “Analysis of the Impact of the ACA’s Tax on Health Insurance in Year 2020 and Later”
MHPA provides feedback to Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden on approaches in battling the opioid addiction epidemic on behalf of Medicaid stakeholders.