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  • OCR and Connecticut Agree on Hospital Visitation Policies for People with Disabilities

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    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced an Early Case Resolution (ECR) with the State of Connecticut after the state issued an executive order regarding non-visitation policies for short-term hospitals, outpatient clinics, and outpatient surgical facilities to ensure that people with disabilities are not denied reasonable access to needed support persons.

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  • HRSA Announces Provider Relief Fund Payments Targeted at Medicaid Providers

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    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that it will distribute approximately $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. Examples of providers serving Medicaid/CHIP beneficiaries possibly eligible for this funding, include pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, dentists, opioid treatment and behavioral health providers, assisted living facilities, and other home and community-based services providers.

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  • Senate Votes to Extend National Family Caregiver Support Program

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    The Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 (H.R.4334), passed earlier this year by the US Senate, includes a reauthorization of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). The NFCSP provides information to caregivers about available services, assistance in accessing services, individual counseling, support groups, caregiver training, respite care, and supplemental services. The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the already-passed House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes.

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  • Congress Makes Changes to Paycheck Protection Program

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    President Trump has signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), an attempt to address challenges around the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at providing COVID-19 relief.

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  • Congressional Leaders Urge HHS to Distribute PHSSEF Funds to Medicaid Providers

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committees charged with overseeing Medicaid sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar expressing concern that “the delay in disbursing funds from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) for Medicaid-dependent providers could result in long term financial hardship for providers who serve some of our most vulnerable populations.” In the letter, Senate Finance Committee leaders Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and House Energy and Commerce leaders Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Greg Walden (R-OR) expressed “serious concerns with the ongoing delay of funding” and asked for both a timeline and the parameters under which funds will be distributed to Medicaid providers.

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