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April 26, 2017

The share of veterans without health insurance fell by 4.3 percentage points in states that expanded Medicaid between 2013 and 2015, but by 3.3 percentage points in non-expansion states. 

The Urban Institute’s new findings, which are based on analysis of American Community Survey (ACS) data, are in line with the...

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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...

Doctor and Patient
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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April 19, 2017

Recent statements by President Trump and an ongoing lawsuit have left health insurers uncertain whether they will continue to receive billions of dollars they’re owed in cost-sharing reduction payments. Congress could resolve this uncertainty by clarifying the law and providing an...

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April 18, 2017

Maine’s Governor Paul LePage reportedly plans to seek federal approval to require low-income adults to prove they are employed in order to keep their Medicaid benefits, basing the approach on a misleading report about the state’s experience with a three-month time limit for...

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April 18, 2017

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not lead to significant increases in state spending on Medicaid even as millions of low-income people gained health coverage, a new study in Health Affairs found. The findings refute Medicaid expansion critics’ continued...

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April 14, 2017

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Wednesday that Florida is “working with the Trump Administration to secure a commitment of $1.5 billion in LIP [Low-Income Pool] funding,” about $900 million more than the state was scheduled to receive. As we’ve...

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April 14, 2017

We’ve issued brief state-by-state reports on the impact of the House Republican health care bill (the American Health Care Act).  Among other things, the reports give state-specific data on the Medicaid costs that the bill would shift to the state and how much it...

State Mini Reports Preview
April 13, 2017

The Trump Administration released a final rule for the individual health insurance market that will raise consumers' deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs, reduce premium tax credits that help millions of people buy insurance and make it harder for people to enroll in coverage.

While the Administration claims the changes are needed to stabilize the insurance market, many of them...

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April 6, 2017

House Republican leaders seeking to revive their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have unveiled a new provision intended to help stabilize the individual insurance market, which they cite as evidence that they’re making significant progress. But the change is effectively just an add-on to...

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