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Medicaid Offers Access to Needed Care; House GOP Health Bill Would Undermine It

March 15, 2017

Promoting the House Republican health proposal that massively cuts federal Medicaid spending, top Administration officials continue to insist that fewer providers are willing to serve Medicaid patients. Studies, however, show that Medicaid beneficiaries have comparable access to care to people with commercial insurance. Moreover, the House proposal would make providers less willing to...

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A Medicaid Work Requirement Would Block Poor Families From Care

February 28, 2017

With congressional Republicans considering proposals to radically restructure Medicaid, some Republican governors are proposing their own sweeping changes to the program, including imposing work requirements on beneficiaries. But as we’ve...

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Equating a Medicaid Per Capita Cap with Capitation Payments Is Highly Misleading

February 9, 2017

Congressional Republicans who support a per capita cap for Medicaid — including Senator Bill Cassidy, who’s co-sponsored a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act —...


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.

In Focus: Medicaid Works