✦ President Joe Biden at press time was expected to name Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the new CMS administrator, according to multiple news reports. Currently a managing director with Manatt Health, Brooks-LaSure is a former director with HHS and CMS who played a key role in passing and implementing the Affordable Care Act.
✦ Two weeks after President Joe Biden issued an executive order instructing federal agencies to review waivers and policies that may “reduce coverage or otherwise undermine Medicaid,” including Medicaid work requirements, Acting CMS Administrator Elizabeth Richter notified states that the agency is retracting the additional procedures for potential waiver withdrawals presented in letters of agreement with former Administrator Seema Verma. CMS said it will instead “adhere to the regulations and STCs [special terms and conditions], which generally provide that States will receive notice and an opportunity to request a hearing before a determination to suspend, modify, or withdraw a demonstration project becomes effective,” according to an excerpt of one of the letters posted by JD Supra. Notably, the letter issued to Tennessee did not retract approval of the TennCare III waiver, which establishes a fixed funding approach. Visit https://bit.ly/2M0wlJc.