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June 24, 2017

The Senate health bill not only shifts huge costs to states by capping and cutting federal Medicaid funding — thereby forcing states to raise taxes or cut other areas like education to maintain their Medicaid programs — but makes it harder for states just to sustain their current Medicaid spending by restricting state taxes on health care providers....

June 23, 2017

The Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would (like the House bill) fundamentally restructure Medicaid by converting its federal funding to a “per capita cap” that would grow more slowly than actual Medicaid per-beneficiary costs, and states would likely have to make even deeper cuts to Medicaid...

Medicaid and CHIP - Indiana Map
June 23, 2017

To enroll in health plans sold in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, individuals must verify that they are U.S. citizens or have an immigration status that allows them to live in the United States. The Senate health bill would close the door to many immigrants with lawful immigration status who want to buy insurance plans in the marketplaces. It goes even further than the already...

Health - Money and Stethoscope
June 23, 2017

The Senate Republican health bill, like the House-passed bill, would convert Medicaid to a per capita cap, but it would cut Medicaid even more deeply and pose an even greater threat to coverage for all Medicaid beneficiaries — including children.  Senate Republicans claim that by excluding certain children with disabilities from the per capita cap, they’re “guaranteeing” continued...

Medicaid and CHIP - child and doctor
June 21, 2017

Today’s the deadline for insurers to provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with the preliminary list of plans they intend to offer in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces for 2018. While insurers can (and frequently do)...

Stethoscope on Blue Background
June 20, 2017

As we explained yesterday, the emerging Senate health bill would reportedly lower the annual increase in state Medicaid funding under a per capita cap to the general inflation rate starting around 2025, which is well below the House-passed bill’s already inadequate growth rate....

June 20, 2017

The National Governors Association (NGA)’s Health Reform Learning Network issued its shared priorities for health reform legislation today, and they sharply conflict with core features of the House-passed health...

Affordable Care Act
June 19, 2017

Senate Republican leaders are reportedly considering lowering the annual increase in state Medicaid funding under a per capita cap below the House bill’s already inadequate rate starting around 2025. That means states would have to absorb even deeper cuts in federal Medicaid funding than under the House bill — which would cut federal Medicaid spending by $834 billion over ten years and...

Medicaid Projected to Grow Faster Than Inflation But Slower Than Private Insurance
June 19, 2017

Thirty states (including Washington, D.C.) could cut their Medicaid enrollment by up to 20 percent or more due to huge Medicaid cuts in the House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and twenty of them could each cut theirs by up to 30 percent, new Urban Institute ...

June 16, 2017

Far from reaching “levels that nobody thought even possible,” as President Trump claimed recently , premiums in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces are roughly in line with those for employer coverage, an Urban Institute...

Most Marketplace Consumers Face Premiums In Line with Or Lower Than Employer Premiums