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. An expert walks through the issues and trends she eyes as most important in the year ahead and offers advice on how to tackle related challenges.In the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2024 proposed rule released today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed standards for issuers and Marketplaces, as well as requirements for agents, brokers, web-brokers, and assisters that help consumers with enrollment through Marketplaces that use the Federal platform. These changes would further the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals of advancing health equity by addressing the health disparities that underlie our health system.

. Proposed changes target prior authorization holdups and misleading advertising while aiming to expand access to behavioral health care and affordable prescriptions.

Cultural brokers assist with needs like applying for SNAP benefits, rental assistance, making doctor’s appointments, ensuring families have proper winter gear and referring people to food shelves.Goleta-based nonprofit awards $7.9 million in grants assisting health services and facilities Editor’s note: This is. .

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. Johnson & Johnson and National Medical Fellowships (NMF) welcomed the second cohort of scholars to the Alliance for Inclusion in Medicine (AIM) scholarship program. . This Week in Washington: All Efforts Are on Funding the Government Through the Rest of the Fiscal Year.

. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation should amplify its focus on Medicare Advantage to address the popular program’s flaws. .

. . Employee benefits can signal an employer’s DEI values — or work against them. .