MHA Today | July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
U.S. Senate Fails To Repeal Affordable Care Act
General Assembly Wraps Up Special Session On Abortion Legislation
CMS Proposes Changes To Medicare Home Health Regulations
New Marketplace Insurer Map Projects 2018 Participation

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


U.S. Senate Fails To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to reject a "repeal-only" amendment that would have eliminated much of the Affordable Care Act. Opposition to the proposal included seven Republicans, and was indicative of the ongoing debate on ACA repeal policy within the Republican Caucus.

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General Assembly Wraps Up Special Session On Abortion Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri Senate has voted to accept the House version of Senate Bill 5, which creates new standards for the regulation of abortion. The legislation goes to Gov. Eric Greitens who is expected to sign the bill into law. The Senate’s action wraps up the legislative special session convened by the governor, which began June 12.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Proposes Changes To Medicare Home Health Regulations

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued its proposed regulatory changes for the Medicare home health program for calendar year 2018, along with a press release and fact sheet. MHA has published an issue brief on the proposed rules. They are slated to be formally published in the Federal Register on Friday, July 28.

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New Marketplace Insurer Map Projects 2018 Participation

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new projections for participation in the 2018 individual health insurance marketplace. Missouri has at least one insurer in every county under the current CMS projections. Nationwide, 40 counties are considered “bare” counties — they have no insurance carriers participating.

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Consider This ...

Twice as many U.S. women are dying in childbirth today as in 1990, even though all other wealthy nations have seen declines in maternal mortality rates. At more than 28 deaths per 100,000 live births between 2010 and 2014, Missouri’s maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the country.

Source: St. Louis Public Radio