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Photo: Christy Steadman, Niswonger Children’s Hospital; Johnson City, Tennessee

Medicaid covers millions of children across the U.S., providing them with the coverage and services they need to become healthy and productive adults. A strong Medicaid program is an important investment for children and the country.


Analysis or Summary
Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation Summary
January 23, 2020

Comments for CMS' Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) proposed rule are due Feb. 1, 2020.

Analysis or Summary
2019 State Child Health Policy Trends
January 10, 2020

This CHA report provides an analysis of state child health policy trends identified through calls with GRs and state children's hospital associations.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Supports The Social Determinants Accelerator Act
January 10, 2020

CHA joined a group letter to the House E&C Committee encouraging movement on the Social Determinants Accelerator Act.

Analysis or Summary
CY 2020 Medicare OPPS Final Rule
December 31, 2019

CMS released the CY 2020 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Submits Comments on Tennessee Block Grant Proposal
December 30, 2019

CHA submitted comments to CMS on the Tennessee Block Grant proposal.

Press Release
Enacted Spending Deal Recognizes Children’s Health
December 20, 2019

The recent spending deal delays Medicaid DSH cuts and funds CHGME.

Analysis or Summary
Implications for Children of ACA Constitutionality Case
December 20, 2019

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ACA's individual mandate and the entire law is unconstitutional.

Letter or Testimony
Letter of Support for Bipartisan Action on Medicaid DSH
December 16, 2019

CHA sent a letter to House and Senate leaders asking them to eliminate cuts to DSH in 2020 and 2021.

Press Release
Children’s Hospitals Support Bipartisan Congressional Action to Provide Relief from Medicaid Payments Cuts
December 12, 2019

CHA thanks Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., for proposals to provide relief from Medicaid DSH cuts.

Analysis or Summary
Hospital Negotiated Rates Disclosure Final Rule Summary
December 6, 2019

CMS released the Price Transparency Requirements proposed rule on Nov. 15.

Press Release
Hospital Groups File Lawsuit Over Illegal Rule Mandating Public Disclosure of Individually Negotiated Rates
December 4, 2019

Today, four national organizations sued the federal government, challenging last month’s contract disclosure rule from CMS.

Analysis or Summary
CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Summary
December 2, 2019

CMS released the CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule final rule that outlines annual updates to the Schedule and Quality Payment Program.

Analysis or Summary
Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Cuts Methodology
November 25, 2019

CMS released a final rule to implement statutorily required DSH state allotment reductions that are scheduled to begin in FY 2020.

Analysis or Summary
HHS proposes overhaul of Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute regulations
November 14, 2019

HHS released two proposed rules revising the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute regulations.

Issue Brief
CHA Backgrounder on Recent Immigration Policy Actions
November 4, 2019

This backgrounder provides an overview of recent policy actions by the administration and the courts with implications for immigrants' access to health coverage.

Analysis or Summary
House E&C Subcommittee holds oversight hearing on CMS’ health care actions
October 24, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing examining actions on health insurance coverage under the Trump Administration.

Talking Points
Prevent the Medicaid DSH Cuts
October 24, 2019

Children's hospitals ask Congress to prevent the Medicaid DSH cuts that got into effect this year.

Analysis or Summary
Omnibus Burden Reduction (Conditions of Participation) Final Rule Summary
October 17, 2019

CMS released the Omnibus Burden Reduction final rule.

Analysis or Summary
CMS issues hospital discharge planning final rule
October 10, 2019

CMS released the Discharge Planning for Hospitals final rule.

Analysis or Summary
Medicaid Access Rule Rescission – CHA Summary and Comment Letter
September 16, 2019

CMS released a proposed rule that removes critical regulatory provisions outlining current fee-for-service requirements.

Analysis or Summary
CHA summary of proposed changes to confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records regulations
September 13, 2019

SAMHSA released a proposed rule that modifies the confidentiality of SUD patient records regulations.

Analysis or Summary
Administrative Actions Chart
September 12, 2019

An overview of federal regulations and other administrative guidance of interest to children's hospitals.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Alarmed by Drop in Children's Insurance Rate
September 11, 2019

A Census Bureau report shows a startling increase of uninsured children in 2018.

Analysis or Summary
High-level Summary of Public Charge Final Rule
September 11, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security released the final rule, "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds," on Aug. 12, 2019.

Analysis or Summary
Alston & Bird Backgrounder on Medical Deferred Action Status for Immigrants in Need of Medical Care
September 6, 2019

Alston & Bird prepared a backgrounder on medical deferred action status.


Policy Update Calls

Members receive the latest updates and suggest ways to best influence policy issues that impact children's health and children's hospitals in a weekly conference call.