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Medicaid Works: Flexible Coverage Supports State Health Innovation

October 6, 2016

Since health reform’s major coverage expansions took effect in 2014, Medicaid has helped reduce the number of uninsured from 45 million to 29 million.

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Oregon Medicaid Proposal Builds on State’s Success

October 5, 2016

Through a proposed federal waiver, Oregon is proposing innovative ways to deliver health care to low-income residents through Medicaid.  If the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves it, Oregon’s waiver will further improve the state’s...

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Family Planning Funds Should Go to Qualified Providers

September 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed a rule to keep states from playing politics with federal Title X family planning funds by excluding family planning providers based on irrelevant criteria.  The rule will increase millions of Americans’ access to essential health services, and HHS...

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Medicaid Work Requirement Would Reduce Health Coverage, Increase Poverty

July 15, 2016

The health care plan from House Republican leaders would prompt cuts in Medicaid eligibility and benefits that would grow over time.  The plan also would let states impose...

State Medicaid Innovations Improving Health Care Delivery

June 13, 2016

States are using their considerable flexibility under Medicaid to streamline health care delivery and improve health, our new report shows, disproving claims by proponents of a Medicaid...

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Medicaid Can Help Protect Millions From Zika

June 10, 2016

Millions of Americans risk contracting Zika this summer.  Guidance from the Obama Administration describes how Medicaid can help by paying for services that prevent the virus’ transmission and treat those who contract it. Just as Medicaid has helped states respond quickly to unanticipated crises — such as...

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New Medicaid Rule Will Improve Quality and Access to Care

April 27, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its first significant update to the federal rule governing Medicaid managed care in more than a decade and, when fully implemented, it could substantially improve quality and Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to timely care.

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New Parity Rules for Mental and Physical Health Coverage Need Strong Enforcement

April 12, 2016

A new federal regulation could significantly improve access to needed mental health and substance use disorder services for millions of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries.  But states and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must enforce it strongly.

The new...

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Work Requirements in Medicaid Would Increase Number of Uninsured

March 21, 2016

As we’ve explained, the House Republican budget would seriously weaken Medicaid by repealing health reform’s Medicaid expansion and, on top of that, converting it to a block grant and cutting it another $1 trillion over ten years.  The House budget also requires “able-bodied adults”...

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