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Medicaid Expansion Improves Postpartum Coverage, Access to Care

October 21, 2020

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion has extended health coverage to millions of women, and at least 2.2 million more uninsured women could gain coverage if the 14 states that haven’t...

Share of New Mothers Who Couldn't Access Health Care Fell Sharply After Medicaid Expansion and Other ACA Coverage Extensions

State and Federal Policymakers Should Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

August 27, 2020

States and the federal government have an immediate opportunity to expand access to care for people who have recently given birth — and they should seize it.

The country is confronting several simultaneous crises that affect pregnancy and postpartum health, including COVID-19 and the systemic racism that has driven racial disparities in health care access and outcomes. The federal...

Raising Federal Share of Medicaid Costs Would Help Prevent Provider Cuts

July 1, 2020

Federal policymakers should substantially increase the federal share of Medicaid costs to help prevent states from cutting payments to health care providers, which would likely hurt Medicaid patients and could threaten the sustainability of the health care workforce during the public health and economic crises.

Many health care providers that serve Medicaid enrollees are already losing...

Federal Medicaid Boost in Great Recession Helped Avert Medicaid Cuts

Wisconsin Imposing Nation’s Harshest Medicaid Premiums on People in Poverty

January 29, 2020

In a move that will likely have deeply harmful effects, Wisconsin next week will become the first state to implement a policy to take Medicaid away from people in poverty who don’t pay premiums — and the latest to impose harmful barriers on health coverage for...

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Providers, Patients, Advocates Oppose Tennessee’s Medicaid Block Grant

January 15, 2020

Tennessee’s proposal to radically change TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, including by converting its federal financing to an unprecedented block grant, would...

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For Mother’s Day, States Should Ensure Access to Comprehensive Health Coverage

May 7, 2019

Rather than send flowers, state policymakers should offer women a Mother’s Day gift with longer-lasting benefits: expanding Medicaid coverage and rejecting policies that take coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements. They should also reject attempts to weaken...

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Montana Set to Continue Medicaid Expansion, But With Changes That Will Likely End Coverage for Many

April 25, 2019

Montana’s state legislature has adopted legislation that would extend the state’s Medicaid expansion until 2025 but also impose new work-related restrictions and higher premiums on expansion enrollees — policies that will likely take Medicaid coverage away from thousands of Montanans, including some who are working or should qualify for exemptions. Montana enacted the Medicaid expansion under...

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Montana Bill Would Cut Medicaid Expansion Enrollment in Half, Cost Nearly the Same as Full Extension

March 25, 2019

A restrictive Montana proposal would take coverage away from about 50,000 people, a new fiscal analysis from the state Office of Budget and Program Planning finds, or about half of those enrolled through the...

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Montana About to Consider Medicaid Bill Eliminating Coverage for Thousands

March 14, 2019

Update, March 15:  We’ve updated this post.

Montana lawmakers will hear testimony on two bills this Saturday: one would permanently extend the state’s successful Medicaid expansion under the...

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Medicaid Restrictions Impede Innovation to Improve Care, Reduce Costs

March 14, 2019

President Trump’s 2020 budget doubles down on the Administration’s unprecedented policy of letting states take away Medicaid coverage from people not meeting work requirements by proposing work requirements nationwide. We’ve previously...

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