The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.

Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Program

The White House


Health Policy News

  • The Biden administration has unveiled its proposed “American Jobs Plan.”  A portion of that plan addresses health care provided in the home.  Learn more from the administration’s fact sheet on the plan and the section in it titled “Solidify the Infrastructure of our Care Economy by Creating Jobs and Raising Wages and Benefits for Essential Home Care Workers.”

Provider Relief Fund

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Health Policy News

  • CMS has posted the latest edition of its online publication MLN Connects, which features information about Medicare policy and reimbursement matters.  The following is its table of contents (with links):



Claims, Pricers, & Codes


MLN Matters® Articles


Department of Health and Human Services


Health Policy News

  • HHS has posted a presentation from a webinar on lessons learned from recent cybersecurity incidents involving health care providers.  Go here to find the presentation and go here to view the webinar.
  • HHS announced that additional savings and lower health care costs are available for consumers on through increased tax credits for health insurance made available through the American Rescue Plan.  See the announcement here and find a link to additional information about newly reduced health insurance premiums here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Food and Drug Administration


  • The FDA has approved an abbreviated new drug application for succinylcholine chloride injection USP 200 mg/10 mL, which is indicated, in addition to general anesthesia, to facilitate tracheal intubation and to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation, such as for COVID-19.  See the FDA’s notice of this approval here.

Federal Communications Commission – Grants

  • The FCC has launched round two of its COVID-19 telehealth program, which was established by the CARES Act “to support efforts of health care providers to address coronavirus by providing telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to enable the provision of telehealth services” during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Round two is funded with $250 million from the American Rescue Plan.  Some aspects of the program have changed.  The application window, which should be announced soon, will be brief.  Learn more from this FCC notice.

Government Accountability Office