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Four Ways States Can Expand Access to Opioid Treatment Through Medicaid

September 26, 2018

Legislation to help address the opioid epidemic that Congress plans to consider in the coming days includes several provisions enhancing Medicaid’s role in providing comprehensive access to treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs). But states don’t need to wait for this legislation to expand access to opioid treatment through Medicaid. They can take four steps right now:

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State Medicaid Expansion as of 2018

New Studies Confirm Harm from Medicaid Work Policies

September 25, 2018

State policies taking Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement represent “policy making gone astray, causing more harm than good,” two physicians write in a commentary accompanying two new studies in the September issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. The studies come shortly...

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53 Years Later, Medicaid Still Providing Comprehensive, High-Quality Care

July 30, 2018

Today marks 53 years since the enactment of Medicaid, an essential and popular part of the nation’s health...

Medicaid Beneficiaries Most Likely to Rate Quality of Health Care Highly

CMS Opens Door to State Restrictions on Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Access to Medications

July 11, 2018

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rightly rejected a Massachusetts proposal to restrict Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to prescription drugs last month, it opened the door to much more radical, harmful changes to Medicaid prescription drug coverage.  Specifically, it suggested that states could submit proposals drastically limiting drug coverage provided they also...

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House Bill Partially Repealing “IMD Exclusion” Would Do More Harm Than Good

June 20, 2018

The House will consider a bill today to partially repeal a longstanding policy — the Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion — prohibiting the use of federal Medicaid funds for care of patients ages 21-64 receiving treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs) in facilities with more than 16...

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Excluding Qualified Family Planning Providers from Offering Care to Low-Income Women Will Restrict Access and Cause Harm

May 29, 2018

Update, February 22: This post has been updated to remove reference to a study. Problems with the data used in the study were discovered after its publication.

The Trump Administration has proposed a rule to exclude many qualified safety net family planning clinics from participating in the Title X...


Revised Bill Partially Repealing Medicaid Exclusion for Institutional Substance Use Treatment Falls Far Short

May 16, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will consider a bill tomorrow to partially repeal a longstanding policy — known as the Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion — prohibiting the use of federal Medicaid funds for care of patients ages 21-64 receiving treatment for substance use disorders...


Medicaid Work Requirement Would Harm Unemployed, Not Promote Work

January 11, 2018

CMS’ new guidance doesn’t provide a convincing rationale for the policy reversal, which could threaten Medicaid coverage for many adults and actually make it harder for some adults to succeed in the labor market due to their loss of health coverage.

In Focus: Most Adults With Medicaid Work - And Those Who Don't Mainly Are Ill or Disabled, Caring for Family, or Going to School

Yes, Medicaid Improves Access to Health Coverage and Care

December 15, 2017

Senator Bill Cassidy’s claim that “patients covered through Medicaid often have worse outcomes than those who are covered through other forms of insurance” is just the latest example of congressional Republicans selectively using data to portray...

In Focus: Medicaid Beneficiaries Have a Regular Health Provider at Rates Comparable to People with Private Coverage

CMS Will Let States Cut Medicaid for People Who Can’t Work

November 14, 2017

For the first time, states will be able to require work or work-related activities as a condition of Medicaid eligibility, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma recently announced. Verma’s announcement followed a CMS...