The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is laying out a methodology to reduce the amount of money it gives to hospitals that serve poor patients under Medicaid.
The reduction is called for under the Affordable Care Act since millions of currently uninsured Americans will be required to carry health insurance.
The decrease in federal funds will be calculated separately for each state. Money will progressively lessen from 2014, when the mandate for most people to have insurance kicks in, to 2020.
Agriculture and food:
The Department of Agriculture is changing its rules for containers used by food producers to ship and package their products.
The department’s changes to the voluntary standards include edited language and revisions to accounting methods.
The Food and Drug Administration has received a request from the Wrigley candy company to allow a color additive to be used in mints and gum.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is streamlining its reporting rules for some lenders supervised by federal banking agencies.
Instead of having to submit annual audited financial statements, the rule will allow small lenders to submit the unaudited reports. The lenders will only have to report their audited statements if the department believes they “pose heightened risk” to its fund for distressed borrowers.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is publishing a rule allowing it to establish counseling centers for veterans. The department also provides the counseling centers, but the new rule will formalize the practice.
The Obama administration is waiving a limit that prohibits funding of education projects beyond 60 months. Because of the action, the Department of Education will be able to finance some Native American vocational programs through September 2014.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that a type of freshwater mussel called the Neosho mucket is an endangered species and that the rabbitsfoot mussel is a threatened species.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is halting fishing for pollock in an area of the Gulf of Alaska to prevent overfishing.
The Food and Drug Administration is changing its rules to reflect the fact that some applications for animal drugs have been approved during August.