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Medicaid Incentives Are Poor State Investments

February 2, 2017

Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee Tom Price called Indiana’s cost sharing and penalties in its Medicaid program “a best practice for states.” But these incentives for beneficiaries to use preventive care and avoid the emergency room are a poor investment — at best —...


Block Grant, Per Capita Cap No Substitute for ACA Medicaid Expansion

January 19, 2017

Some congressional Republicans may argue that after repealing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, they could give states the flexibility to continue covering some or all of the expansion population through a Medicaid block grant or per capita cap. That’s a false promise.

If the Medicaid expansion — which has enabled at least...

Medicaid Cuts Would Grow Over Time Under House Budget Committee Block Grant

ACA Repeal Would Undermine State Innovations Like Hennepin Health

January 13, 2017

Eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion — or imposing even bigger Medicaid cuts by converting the program to a block grant or per capita cap, as leading Republicans favor — would jeopardize state innovations that are pioneering new ways to...

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Block-Granting Medicaid Would Limit State Flexibility to Innovate

November 30, 2016

While supporters of converting Medicaid to a block grant often tout the greater state flexibility it would provide, states already enjoy expansive flexibility under...


Oregon’s Medicaid Experiment Shows Need for Coordinated Care

October 27, 2016

Coordinated care — where patients get help navigating the health system to get the care they need — may be key to reducing emergency room visits by Medicaid patients and cutting state costs, evidence from Oregon and other states shows.

When a recent Oregon study found that people...


Medicaid Works: Medicaid Is an Essential Partner for Supportive Housing

October 18, 2016

This is the next in our “Medicaid Works” blog series, which aims to inform the debate over Medicaid’s future by providing the latest facts and figures on this essential and ...


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...


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...