MHA Today | September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

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September 18, 2017

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In This Issue
CBO And JCT Release Analysis Of Health Insurance Subsidies
HHS Announces New Opioid Grant Funding
Webinar Focuses On Financial Distress And Rural Hospital Closures


What You Need To Know This Week

  • Beginning this week through Sept. 27, health insurance plans send their signed agreements, confirmed plan lists and final plan crosswalks to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the health insurance marketplace.

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CBO And JCT Release Analysis Of Health Insurance Subsidies

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation released a report about federal subsidies available for health insurance coverage from 2017 to 2027. The report focuses on coverage of individuals under the age of 65 with federal subsidies for employment-based coverage preferential tax treatment, the cost of providing Medicaid coverage and marketplace support. According to the report, by 2026, 4 million fewer people will obtain subsidized coverage through the marketplaces than projected in the CBO’s March 2016 baseline. The projected net federal subsidy for health insurance between 2017 and 2026 is $88 billion less than the earlier estimate. MHA has prepared an issue brief with additional details.

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Quality and Population Health


HHS Announces New Opioid Grant Funding

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced additional funding of $144.1 million in six coordinated grants addressing opioid addiction to be distributed to 58 awardees, including states, cities, health care providers and community organizations. The funds will be awarded for three to five years, subject to availability and depending on the program.

The six grants, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, are outlined below and follow a separate award of $485 million in grants in April 2017 – provided by the 21st Century Cures Act &mdash for opioid abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.

  • First Responders Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act $44.7 million. The purpose of this program is to provide training and medication for emergency treatment of opioid overdose.
  • State Pilot Grant for Treatment of Pregnant and Postpartum Women – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act – $9.8 million. The purpose of the program is to support family-based services for pregnant and postpartum women with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder, including opioid use disorders.
  • Building Communities of Recovery – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act – $4.6 million. The purpose of this program is to increase the availability of long-term recovery support for substance abuse and addiction.
  • Improving Access to Overdose Treatment – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act – $1 million. The purpose of this program is to expand access to FDA-approved drugs or devices for emergency treatment of opioid overdose.
  • Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction – $35 million. The purpose of this program is to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for persons with an opioid use disorder seeking treatment.
  • Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women$49 million. The purpose of this program is to expand services for women and their children in residential substance abuse treatment facilities, among other services.

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Noteworthy


Webinar Focuses On Financial Distress And Rural Hospital Closures

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

Researchers from the North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center are offering a free webinar at noon, Thursday, Sept. 21, to present new data about closed rural hospitals. The researchers will discuss the hospitals’ post-closure disposition and offer a model for predicting financial distress and closure. Registration is not required, but participation is limited to the first 200 to log-on. Participants also may join by phone at 800/988-9535; use passcode 2143077.

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Consider This ...

The March of Dimes gives Missouri a "C" average, and ranks the state 21st nationally, for pre-term births.

Source: March of Dimes