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More States Pass Health Data Privacy Bills, Big Post-Pandemic Medicaid Disenrollments & More

June 16, 2023 (1 min read)

CT, NV Legislatures Pass Health Data Privacy Measures

This month the legislatures of Connecticut (SB 3) and Nevada (SB 370) have both passed and sent to their respective governors measures aimed at protecting the privacy of consumer health data, including information associated with abortion and transgender procedures.

New York’s Senate passed similar legislation (SB 158) this month, but it failed to win approval in the Assembly before it adjourned on June 8.

The three states are following in the footsteps of Washington, where Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a consumer health data privacy measure (HB 1155) into law in April. (PLURIBUS NEWS, STATE NET)

Over 1M Medicaid Enrollees Dropped Since Pandemic End

Over a million Americans have lost their Medicaid coverage since states began resuming their continuous eligibility checks and disenrollments, which were suspended during the pandemic. Most of the individuals dropped from the program failed to submit the required paperwork, according to federal and state data. (KFF HEALTH NEWS)

NV Lengthens Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) signed a bill (SB 232) extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for new mothers for up to 12 months after giving birth. Nevada is the 35th state to extend such coverage for a full year, and five other states—Mississippi, New York, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming—are planning to do the same (PLURIBUS NEWS, NEVADA CURRENT, KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION).

Health Spending Growth to Outpace U.S. Economy over Next Decade

Healthcare spending will grow faster than the U.S. economy over the next decade, according to actuaries at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The actuaries predict that health spending will increase by an average of 5.4 percent per year between 2022 and 2031, compared to an estimated annual GDP growth rate of 4.6 percent. (FIERCE HEALTHCARE)

—Compiled by SNCJ Managing Editor KOREY CLARK

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