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Taking the initiative with PCG Cares in May

To keep up the great momentum so far this year, PCG Cares teams in Asheville, Albany, Princeton, and Harrisburg took action in their local communities by helping those in need this May. Read on for a selection of our volunteer involvement for the month. PCG Cares Asheville joined the American Red Cross on Friday May 3, 2019, for Sound the Alarm – a home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event.

22. July 2019
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    U.S. District Court judge blocks NH Medicaid work requirements

    On July 29, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg, D.C., held that work requirements intended to go into effect in New Hampshire could not be implemented because of a failure to adequately consider the effect on Medicaid coverage. Judge Boasberg previously blocked work requirements scheduled in Kentucky and Arkansas. Those cases were Gresham v. Azar, No. 18-1900 (JEB) (D.D.C. Mar. 27, 2019) and Stewart v. Azar, No. 18-152 (JEB) (D.D.C. Mar. 27, 2019). 

    • 9. August 2019
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    New Maryland law assists individuals to qualify for Medicaid automatically based on information on state tax return

    On Monday, May 13, 2019, Governor Larry Hogan (R) signed a bill into law, which will automatically assist individuals to become enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. The new law will permit a taxpayer to check a box on the state tax return which will cause the state’s health care exchange to determine if the person qualifies for Medicaid, based on the information in the tax return.

    • 20. May 2019
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    Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation – Heightened Scrutiny

    The much-awaited guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Heightened Scrutiny was issued on March 22, 2019 (SMD#19-001). In the form of FAQs, the guidance “is designed to ensure that implementation decisions balance the need for robust stakeholder engagement with administrative feasibility.”

    • 29. March 2019
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    Arizona Appeals Court voids state law provisions allowing hospitals to impose liens on Medicaid injured recipients

    On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, a three-judge panel of the Arizona Appeals Court held that Arizona statutes that allowed hospitals to impose liens on Arizona Medicaid recipients who suffered accidents in order to recover the difference between the Medicaid payments and the hospitals’ costs violated Federal law. 

    • 19. March 2019