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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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Trump Budget Would Take Medicaid Away From People, Nationwide, Who Don’t Meet Work Requirements

March 12, 2019

President Trump’s new budget would take Medicaid coverage away from adults nationwide if they don’t meet a work requirement, which the Kaiser Family Foundation’s prior...

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Contrary to Rhetoric, Trump Budget Cuts Access to Care for HIV, Substance Use Disorders

March 11, 2019

Just weeks after promising in the State of the Union to expand funding to substantially reduce new HIV infections over the next ten years and combat the opioid epidemic, President Trump unveiled a budget today that deeply cuts Medicaid, the core program providing access to health care for people with these conditions. Even with its limited new funds for programs that address HIV and substance...

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Revisions Can’t Fix Montana Medicaid Proposal — Still Takes Coverage From Thousands

March 7, 2019

The sponsor of legislation in Montana to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, charge low-income adults high premiums, and make eligibility contingent on completing extra paperwork related to job readiness and health status — all of which would have caused up to 36,000 people to lose coverage — has...

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Montana Program Supports Work Without Causing Harm

December 11, 2018

As the Trump Administration continues to encourage states to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, a...

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Wisconsin Medicaid Waiver Will Reduce Coverage, Create New Barriers to Care

November 1, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Wisconsin’s Medicaid waiver proposal, which will significantly restrict Medicaid coverage for low-income adults in a number of significant ways.

For starters, Wisconsin is the first state allowed to take coverage away from people with incomes below the poverty line if they don’t pay $8 monthly premiums. Those with incomes...

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