✦CMS at press time said it had approved more than 200 requests for state relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including recent approvals for Alaska, Iowa, Hawaii, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah and Virginia. CMS in March released a toolkit to speed the application and review of states’ requests for flexibilities, which include making temporary changes to Medicaid eligibility and benefit requirements and relaxing rules to ensure that individuals with disabilities and the elderly can be effectively served at home. Meanwhile, as part of the Trump administration’s “Opening Up America Again” plan, CMS on May 18 released guidance for nursing homes, including that they “remain in the current state of highest restriction even when a community begins to relax restrictions for other businesses.” Visit http://cms.gov/newsroom.
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