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CMS Releases First Ever Hospital Compare Star Ratings

April
16

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the first time introduced star ratings on Hospital Compare, the agency’s public information website, to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care they deliver. Today’s announcement builds on a larger effort across HHS to build a health care system that delivers better care, spends health care dollars more wisely, and results in healthier people.   

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CMS Announces Opportunity to Apply for Navigator Grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces

April
15

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today the availability of funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM), including State Partnership Marketplaces.  The Affordable Care Act is working for millions of Americans who are able to access quality health coverage at a price they can afford, in part because of the efforts of in-person assisters in local communities across the nation.  People shopping for and enrolling in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces can get local help in a number of ways, including through Navigators.

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CMS finalizes 2016 payment and policy updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans

April
06

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released final Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Prescription Drug program changes for 2016 that provide fair and accurate payments to plans, and encourage the delivery of high-quality care for all populations. “These policies strengthen Medicare Advantage for current and future consumers by encouraging higher quality care,” said Andy Slavitt, acting CMS Administrator. “As the Medicare Advantage marketplace continues to grow, consumers are getting access to better care through more choice and competition.

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Mental Health Parity Proposed Rule for Medicaid and CHIP

April
06

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a proposed rule to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposal applies certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Act ensures that mental health and substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than medical and surgical services.

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Fifteen days remain before tax filing deadline

April
01

With the tax filing deadline two weeks away, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing to help consumers understand how health coverage and taxes intersect. This year’s tax season is the first time individuals and families will be asked to provide basic information regarding their health coverage on their tax returns. While the vast majority of tax filers – about three quarters – will just need to check a box on their tax return indicating they had health coverage in 2014, people who have coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, or did not enroll in coverage, will take different steps that will be a part of the tax filing process starting this year.

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