Legislation Filed in Delaware Would Require Medicaid to Cover Doulas Services

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With the aim of reducing pregnancy-related complications and health disparities, particularly in Black women, lawmakers in Delaware have filed a bill that would require Medicaid to cover doula services provided to expectant parents beginning next year. House Majority Whip Melissa Minor-Brown is sponsoring House Bill 80, which would require that doula services be covered by…

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Update: Judge Upholds Del. Auditor’s Subpoena of Medicaid Information from DHSS

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Update: Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness released a statement Thursday regarding a judge’s decision to uphold her subpoena for Medicaid information from DHSS: Judge Karsnitz released his decision in our court case with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) regarding our requests to audit Medicaid spending. My office fought for nearly two…

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Auditor, DHSS At Standoff Over Medicaid Data

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Delaware Health and Social Services and the State Auditor, Kathy McGuiness, are headed to court. McGuiness said an annual audit that examines federal programs that are administered by the state has not been able to find proof from DHSS that it effectively screens Medicaid applicants for eligibility, before approving or denying benefits. This is the…

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Unveils FY 2020 Supplemental Budget

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has submitted his supplemental budget for the Fiscal Year 2020, which the Governor’s office boasts as saving 27 million dollars in general funds, providing increased funding for state and local initiatives and making “necessary technical corrections.” The Governor’s Office says it includes 2.8 million dollars for the University of Maryland, 1.5…

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Resolution to Study Medicaid as a “Public Option” for Delaware Introduced

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A Senate resolution introduced today could ultimately help Delaware become the first state to implement Medicaid as a “public option.”  Senate Concurrent Resolution 70 would create a study group to evaluate the particulars of a Medicaid Buy-In program for roughly 24,000 health care consumers in Delaware’s individual marketplace.  While many states, including Delaware, offer Medicaid…

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