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State News for June 2015

State News for June 2015

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) wants to reduce nursing home reimbursement rates by 3% and raise providers' bed tax ceiling by 0.5%. But she also hopes to sweeten the deal with an ambitious offer to earn lost funding back if providers make substantial efficiency and quality improvements.

States not given Medicaid expansion deadline, Tavenner says

States not given Medicaid expansion deadline, Tavenner says

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In response to a flurry of questions from state governors, the Obama Administration announced it is not imposing a deadline for states to decide whether to implement the healthcare law's Medicaid expansion.

Senate readies for vote on FMAP amendment

Senate readies for vote on FMAP amendment

Senators this week are expected to vote on an amendment that would extend the increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) until the end of next June.

Funding available for nursing home employee background check systems

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Thursday began accepting grant applications from states to establish systems for background checks for potential long-term care employees.

States to further cut spending in fiscal year 2011, report finds

States to further cut spending in fiscal year 2011, report finds

Fiscal year 2010 presented the most difficult challenge to states' financial management since the Great Depression, according to a new report from the National Governors Association. Fiscal 2011 will be equally challenging, the report said.

CMS provides first guidance letter about Medicaid changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday released its first guidance letter to states about changes in the Medicaid program as a result of the healthcare reform law.

State budgets unlikely to recover until 'late in the next decade,' governors say

State budgets unlikely to recover until 'late in the next decade,' governors say

The recession has seriously bruised states over the last year and they will continue to face fiscal difficulties, according to reports released last week by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers.