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No Difference: New Senate Bill Would Still Effectively Bar More States from Expanding Medicaid

July 17, 2017

The new version of the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as we explained about the previous version, would effectively end the ACA’s Medicaid expansion in the 31 states and Washington, D.C. that adopted it, causing millions to...

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Urban Institute: Huge Coverage Losses in All States Under Senate GOP Bill

June 28, 2017

The number of uninsured non-elderly people would rise dramatically in every state under the Senate GOP health care bill, new Urban Institute estimates show.

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State Analyses: GOP Health Bills Will Fuel Deep Medicaid Cuts

June 27, 2017

Republican senators and Administration officials claim the Senate health bill’s Medicaid changes won’t leave anyone worse off, but both the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and a growing number of state-based analyses are concluding that millions of people all over America would lose their Medicaid coverage due to the huge federal Medicaid funding cuts under both the House and Senate bills....

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House-Passed Bill Would Undermine Medicaid’s Critical Role in Rural America

June 7, 2017

Medicaid, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, “is designed for more of an urban poor population than a rural poor.” In fact, Medicaid plays a disproportionately greater role in providing health coverage in rural areas than urban areas — especially for children and...

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Medicaid Expansion Has Improved People’s Health, Access to Care, and Financial Security

May 31, 2017

The low-income adults who gained health insurance because their state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are healthier and more financially secure as a result, a new study in Health Affairs shows. The...

Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Helping Low-Income People in Kentucky & Arkansas

Medicaid Expansion States Made Largest Veterans’ Health Coverage Gains

April 26, 2017

Uninsurance among non-elderly veterans fell from 9.6 percent in 2013 to 5.9 percent in 2015 as the major coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, a new Urban Institute report finds.  The gains were greatest in states that expanded...

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More Evidence that Medicaid Expansion Hasn’t Hurt State Budgets

April 18, 2017

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not lead to significant increases in state spending on Medicaid even as millions of low-income people gained health coverage, a new study in Health Affairs found. The findings refute Medicaid expansion critics’ continued...


States Estimating Large Medicaid Cost Shifts, Coverage Losses Under House GOP Plan

March 20, 2017

The Republican health plan that the House plans to consider on Thursday would force states to spend billions more to maintain their Medicaid programs (including the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to low-income adults) or, far likelier, cut hundreds of thousands of low-income residents off Medicaid, most of whom would end up uninsured, according to projections by a growing number of...

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Rhode Island No Model of How Medicaid Block Grant Would Affect States

March 3, 2017

Proponents of converting Medicaid to a block grant or per capita cap are again claiming (see here and here...


Lifetime Coverage Limits Have No Place in Medicaid

February 15, 2017

Arizona will soon send a proposal to the federal government to place a five-year lifetime limit on Medicaid coverage for adults under 65 who don’t have a disability. The government should reject the proposed time limit, which would lead to coverage losses and increase hardship among Arizona’s...

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