The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule extending to Oct. 1 the deadline for states to submit plans to monitor access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries. The original deadline was July 1. The rule also changes the deadline to Oct. 1 for subsequent review periods. Under a final rule published last November, the plans must provide for state reviews of five “core services”: primary care, physician specialists, behavioral health, pre- and post-natal obstetrics (including labor and delivery), and home health services. Responding in today’s rule to earlier comments, CMS declined to modify the list of core services subject to the ongoing access reviews, as requested by the AHA.