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States Shouldn’t Deny Low-Income Adults Access to Medicaid

August 16, 2012

Very low-income uninsured people with significant health care needs could be left without access to health insurance because their states’ governors are refusing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as a recent Associated Press article describes.

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Arkansas Shows Why Medicaid Expansion Is a Good Deal for States

July 20, 2012

Critics who claim that their state can’t afford health reform’s Medicaid expansion should look at a new study from Arkansas’ Department of Human Services, which estimates that the expansion would produce more than $350 million in net savings for the state between 2014 and 2025 (see graph).

Scare Talk on Medicaid Costs Doesn’t Square with Reality

July 12, 2012

Texas Governor Rick Perry says that the health reform law’s Medicaid expansion would “threaten even Texas with financial ruin.”  Florida Governor Rick Scott calls the provision a “massive entitlement...

Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion a Plus for States

March 28, 2012

3-28-12health-blog.jpgThe Supreme Court today considered the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which health reform’s critics claim will place a heavy burden on states.  The reality is quite different.

In fact, states — and their residents — will benefit in a number of ways from the expansion, and the federal government will pick up almost all of the tab, as...

Proposed Rules to Implement Health Reform Will Streamline Access to Coverage

August 16, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department last week issued three proposed rules that are central to ensuring that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) greatly reduces the number of uninsured Americans. The rules will help states modernize their systems for enrolling people in health coverage to replace the outdated systems that most states use in their Medicaid programs.

Kids, Seniors, Disabled, Others Would Feel Sting of Ryan’s Medicaid Cuts

May 5, 2011

Converting Medicaid to a block grant and cutting its federal funding nearly in half over the next two decades, as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget would do (see graph), would carry serious consequences for some of the most vulnerable Americans, as I explain in a recent report. Here are just a few examples of how different groups could be affected:

Cherry Picking, Flawed Assumptions Mar GOP Report on Health Reform Costs

March 22, 2011

I explained earlier this month that a recent report from some congressional Republicans grossly exaggerates state Medicaid costs under health reform. Now, in a new analysis, I examine the report’s problems in more detail.

Republican Report Inflates State Medicaid Costs Under Health Reform

March 1, 2011

Republican members of Congress released a report today that grossly exaggerates the cost to states of the health reform law’s Medicaid expansion.

The False Choice: Health Reform Versus Education

September 1, 2010

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s call for education leaders to support health reform’s repeal on the grounds that the state would have to finance it through big cuts in education is based on a gross overestimate of the law’s likely impact on the state.

Health Reform Strengthens Medicare

July 27, 2010

As the Wall Street Journal reported recently, some seniors who receive Medicare coverage through private “Medicare Advantage” insurance companies rather than traditional Medicare are concerned about the health reform law’s impact on their benefits. They shouldn’t be worried: health reform will strengthen Medicare while protecting all beneficiaries.