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House Bill Slashes CHIP Funding, Shifting Costs to States and Children

March 16, 2016

Legislation that the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved this week would sharply cut funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) starting in just two weeks, shifting costs to states and likely forcing them to cut children’s health coverage significantly. It would also undercut efforts to extend health reform’s Medicaid expansion to the 19 states that haven’t yet adopted...

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Medicaid Block Grant Would Add Millions to Uninsured and Underinsured

March 15, 2016

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price’s budget plan would radically restructure Medicaid by converting it to a block grant, cutting federal funding by about $1 trillion over the next decade. It would also repeal health reform’s Medicaid expansion. The combined result would be a total Medicaid cut of $2.1 trillion over the next ten years, relative to current law, likely making tens of...

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Making Medicare Advantage Payments More Accurate

February 16, 2016

Anticipating the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) expected announcement Friday of preliminary payment rates and policies for Medicare Advantage insurers in 2017, insurers have pushed for changes to the “risk...

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Obama Budget Strengthens Medicaid and CHIP

February 9, 2016

The President’s budget includes sound improvements to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including:

  • Three years of full federal financing for all Medicaid expansion states.  The President proposes to have the federal government pay the entire cost of
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Latest CBO Figures Give Incomplete Picture of Health Reform

February 1, 2016

Some critics cite the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates of enrollment in health reform’s marketplaces to argue that...

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CBO: Budget Bill Would Reverse Almost All of Health Reform’s Coverage Gains

January 4, 2016

The House this week will consider the Senate-passed budget reconciliation bill, which would raise the number of uninsured Americans by at least 22 million starting in 2018, relative to...

Budget Reconciliation Bill Would Nearly Double Number of Uninsured

CBO: Senate-Passed Budget Bill Would Reverse Almost All of Health Reform’s Coverage Gains

December 4, 2015

The Senate-passed budget reconciliation bill would boost the number of uninsured Americans by at least 22 million starting in 2018, relative to current law, according to preliminary Congressional Budget Office (CBO) coverage estimates (see chart).  Thus, virtually all (at least 92...

Senate-Passed Budget Bill Would Nearly Double Number of Uninsured

CBO: Senate Budget Bill Would Reverse Almost All of Health Reform’s Coverage Gains

December 3, 2015

The Senate is widely expected to vote later today on a new substitute budget reconciliation bill from Republican leaders that would boost the number of uninsured Americans by at least 22 million starting in 2018, relative to current law, according to preliminary Congressional Budget...

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Medicaid Per Capita Cap Would Shift Costs to States and Harm Beneficiaries

November 6, 2015

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, a prominent proponent of a Medicaid “per capita cap” (a per-beneficiary limit on federal Medicaid funding), has appointed a Medicaid Task Force of Republican members to examine ways to “strengthen and sustain” the program, which would likely include such a cap.  As we’ve explained (see...

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Raising Medicare Advantage Payments an Inefficient Way to Help Puerto Rico

October 16, 2015

Raising payments to Medicare Advantage plans is among the health options that Puerto Rico is suggesting to address its serious financial and economic challenges.  Such an approach itself wouldn’t directly benefit Puerto Rico, as the higher payments would accrue to insurers rather than the island’s...

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