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August 3, 2015

About half the states that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform have enrolled more people than they expected, generating bigger health coverage gains but also prompting fears among some policymakers that states will thus bear higher-than-expected future costs. ...

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July 31, 2015

This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, housing, Social Security, and the economy.

On health care, as part of our Medicaid at 50 series, Matt Broaddus pointed to evidence that...
July 31, 2015

Some politicians continue to claim erroneously that Medicare is running out of money.  House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan asserts that Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund “will go bankrupt in 2030.”  Presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush...

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July 31, 2015

In the midst of birthday season — as we’ve marked the 50th anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare on July 30 and we’ll mark the 80th birthday of Social Security retirement on...

Disability Rates Rise With Age
July 30, 2015

Before President Johnson signed Medicaid into law in 1965, poor families mostly depended on charity care, and many went without treatment. Medicaid brought a rapid change for these families.

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July 30, 2015

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Medicaid — the public insurance program that provides health coverage to low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.  Here are 10 key facts about how Medicaid helps millions of Americans live healthier, more secure lives:

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July 29, 2015

Policymakers must replenish Social Security’s disability fund by late 2016 to prevent a one-fifth cut in benefits.  A proposal from Rep. Xavier Becerra, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means...

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July 28, 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s 2016 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would dramatically expand the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program, as we discuss in a new analysis.  Although MTW has fostered...

Major HUD Block Grants Have Declined Sharply Compared with Section 8 Rental Assistance
July 28, 2015

Medicaid critics and some media reports have repeated claims that Medicaid coverage is harmful and beneficiaries would be better off being uninsured.  They base them on a misunderstanding or...

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July 27, 2015

Medicaid provides significant financial support to low-income beneficiaries in addition to improving their health, new research shows.  Medicaid lifted 2.6 million people out of poverty in 2010, equating to a 0.7

Medicaid and CHIP - child and doctor