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On June 7, Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY) introduced a bill to delay the Medicaid Electronic Visit Verification mandate deadline for a year, until January 1, 2020. Without fanfare, and with only three co-sponsors, H.R. 6042 moved from the House Energy and Commerce committee to a unanimous voice vote on the House floor, to the Senate Finance committee and another unanimous voice approval there. By July 19, it was already sent to the President, where it currently awaits his signature.

The bill's co-sponsors included two Democrats (DeGette, CO; Langevin, RI) and one Republican (Walden, OR). Its official title is, "To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished without an electronic visit verification system, and for other purposes."

Citing the need to gather more data from stakeholders, Guthrie's bill says, "It is the sense of Congress that CMS should:

(A) convene at least one public meeting in 2018 for the purpose of soliciting ongoing feedback from Medicaid stakeholders on guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on May 16, 2018 regarding electronic visit verification; and

(B) communicate with such stakeholders regularly and throughout the implementation process in a clear and transparent manner to monitor beneficiary protections."

The one-page bill goes on to say "Such stakeholders should include State Medicaid directors, beneficiaries, family caregivers, individuals and entities who provide personal care services or home health care services, Medicaid managed care organizations, electronic visit verification vendors, and other stakeholders, as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and taking into account stakeholder input on the implementation of the electronic visit verification requirement under the Medicaid program is vital in order to ensure that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is aware and able to mitigate any adverse outcomes with the implementation of this policy."


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