Trump signs second major COVID-19 relief package

March 18, 2020, Modern Healthcare, Rachel Cohrs – The federal government’s Medicaid matching funds will increase across the board by 6.2%. Hospital groups including the Greater New York Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals and America’s Essential Hospitals supported the payment bump. Similar policies were enacted in two previous bailout packages in the 2000s. Padding states’ Medicaid budget could help head off provider reimbursement cuts in a time when providers will be squeezed by having to delay high-margin procedures and an increase in uncompensated care. States receiving the funds will not be able to change eligibility requirements or raise premiums.

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