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Medicaid Expansion Is Critical for States Fighting Opioid Epidemic

October 4, 2017

As the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee meets tomorrow on the federal response to the opioid epidemic, it should consider the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showing that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion is providing essential mental health and substance use disorder treatment....

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Despite Republican Claims, Beneficiaries Don’t Think Medicaid Is Broken

July 14, 2017

To justify their proposals for sweeping cuts to Medicaid, Republican congressional leaders and Trump Administration officials frequently claim that it provides...

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Senate GOP Bill Would End Medicaid Expansion Coverage for Many Low-Wage Workers

July 6, 2017

The Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would effectively end the ACA’s Medicaid expansion starting in 2021, leaving millions of low-wage workers who gained coverage through the expansion uninsured and without access to needed care, as we detail in several new state fact sheets....

Senate Republican Health Bill Would Harm Nevada' Workers

Senate Health Bill Deepens Medicaid Cuts for High-Cost States

June 23, 2017

The Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would (like the House bill) fundamentally restructure Medicaid by converting its federal funding to a “per capita cap” that would grow more slowly than actual Medicaid per-beneficiary costs, and states would likely have to make even deeper cuts to Medicaid...

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To Protect Children, Senate Republicans Must Drop Medicaid Per Capita Cap

June 23, 2017

The Senate Republican health bill, like the House-passed bill, would convert Medicaid to a per capita cap, but it would cut Medicaid even more deeply and pose an even greater threat to coverage for all Medicaid beneficiaries — including children.  Senate Republicans claim that by excluding certain children with disabilities from the per capita cap, they’re “guaranteeing” continued...

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House GOP Health Bill’s Per Capita Cap Threatens Everyone’s Medicaid Coverage

June 5, 2017

By converting Medicaid to a per capita cap or block grant, the House-passed Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act threatens coverage for all Medicaid beneficiaries. Here’s why:

Under the House bill, the federal government starting in 2020 would no longer pay a fixed percentage of states’ overall Medicaid costs, as it does now. Instead, it would pay only a fixed amount...


Medicaid Works, in 5 Charts

May 12, 2017

The House-passed bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would severely damage Medicaid and make quality care less accessible to low-income Americans — the very feature of Medicaid that a new Commonwealth Fund analysis highlights.

That’s because the...

Medicaid Beneficiaries Have a Regular Health Care Provider at Rates Comparable to People With Private Coverage

This Mother’s Day, Congress Should Reject Cuts in Women’s Health Coverage

May 12, 2017

Federal policymakers should consider a more practical gift than flowers or chocolate this Mother’s Day: they should support women’s health coverage by rejecting the House bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cuts $839 billion from Medicaid, reducing enrollment by 14 million. 

The American Health Care Act, which the House passed last week, deeply cuts Medicaid and...

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Adding a Work Requirement to MaineCare Would Harm Maine’s Families

April 18, 2017

Maine’s Governor Paul LePage reportedly plans to seek federal approval to require low-income adults to prove they are employed in order to keep their Medicaid benefits, basing the approach on a misleading report about the state’s experience with a three-month time limit for...

Maine Work Rates Nearly the Same Before and After Time Limit

House GOP Bill Could Deprive Millions of Mental Health and Opioid Addiction Treatment

March 24, 2017

We explained earlier today why a Republican leadership plan to add $15 billion for behavioral health treatment and maternity coverage and newborn care to the House health bill would do little to offset the enormous damage that the underlying bill would do to...