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Maine’s Waiver Proposal Would Violate Medicaid Law

April 26, 2017

Maine’s new proposal for a Medicaid waiver seeks radical and unprecedented changes to Medicaid, totally disregarding what Medicaid law allows and targeting the state’s lowest-income adults in ways that would likely leave many without access to needed health care.

The federal government can waive...

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Wisconsin Medicaid Proposals Don’t Merit Federal Approval

April 25, 2017

Wisconsin plans to seek federal permission to make unprecedented changes to its Medicaid program that would likely cause large numbers of adults without dependent children to lose coverage or fail to enroll. Under the Social Security Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may only approve a state request for a...

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Don't Be Fooled: $15 Billion More for House GOP Health Bill’s Stability Fund Will Undo Little of Bill’s Harm on Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

March 24, 2017
No one should fall for it — a one-time $15 billion investment with little direction on how to spend the funds wouldn’t come close to offsetting the enormous damage that the underlying House bill would do to millions of people who would lose these important categories of care.
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False Claims That the Medicaid Expansion Is Causing Waiting Lists

March 20, 2017

Pushing for huge Medicaid cuts, including ending the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for low-income adults and imposing a per capita cap, some congressional Republicans continue to claim falsely that the Medicaid expansion is squeezing out funding for other Medicaid...

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Kentucky’s Medicaid Changes Would Undermine Health Care Access

March 1, 2017

With the Senate Finance Committee voting tomorrow on Seema Verma’s nomination to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), it’s worth another look at Kentucky’s proposed Medicaid changes, which she helped develop — and which would require CMS approval. As we’ve...

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Medicaid Cuts Are Real Threat to Home- and Community-Based Services

February 23, 2017

Republican plans to severely cut federal Medicaid funds by converting the program to a block grant or a per capita cap represents a severe threat to funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS), despite recent claims to the contrary.

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TANF Block Grant Offers a Cautionary Tale for Medicaid

February 22, 2017

House Republicans plan to fast track their proposal to cut federal Medicaid funding by converting the program to a block grant or per capita cap and phasing out the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, House Republican...

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The Healthy Indiana Plan’s Uncertain Impact

February 7, 2017

Indiana just sent the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a plan to extend its Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 — the state’s Medicaid expansion that HHS nominee Tom Price called a model for...

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ACA Medicaid Expansion Costs Falling, as Expected

January 24, 2017

State spending per person on adults who are newly eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion fell by 6.9 percent in 2016 and will keep falling in future years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates. The...

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Medicaid Funding Caps Would Lead to Program Cuts, Impede Innovation

January 18, 2017

Plans by President-elect Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Health and Human Services Secretary-nominee Tom Price to radically change Medicaid’s structure by converting it to a block grant or “...

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