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For Mother’s Day: Expand Medicaid and Women’s Access to Health Coverage

May 7, 2015

Health insurance for women improves both their own health and that of their children, research shows.  Yet, low-income women living in the 21 states that have not expanded Medicaid as part of health reform face glaring gaps in access to health coverage.  In these states,...

Women in Non-Expansion States Face Gaps in Health Coverage

House Bill to Extend Children’s Health Funding Would Ease Pressure on States

March 24, 2015

The House is likely to vote this week on a bipartisan compromise to permanently fix Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula (SGR) and extend federal funding and current policy for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years.  The continued momentum for extending CHIP funding quickly and cleanly is...

Medicaid Expansion States Are Saving Money

March 16, 2015

Health reform’s Medicaid expansion has produced significant state budget savings, two new reports covering five states show. Savings are expected to continue — and grow — in coming years. These reports provide strong evidence that claims that the expansion will...

Do Right by States and Extend Children’s Health Funding Soon

March 2, 2015

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which along with Medicaid has played a central role in cutting the number of uninsured children to a historic low, has no new federal funding starting in October.  Congress should act soon to extend CHIP — for example, by attaching a funding extension to must-pass legislation in March to avert scheduled cuts in Medicare payments to physicians....

Wisconsin’s Growing Cost of Not Adopting Medicaid Expansion

February 20, 2015

Governor Scott Walker’s decision not to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion will cost the state $345 million in forgone budget savings over the next two fiscal years, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates.  That’s $30 million more than the bureau...

Medicaid Eligibility for Low-Income Adults Lags Badly in Non-Expansion States

January 22, 2015

The 23 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid as part of health reform have very limited Medicaid eligibility for non-elderly low-income adults,...

Tennessee Proposal Shows Growing Momentum for Medicaid Expansion

December 16, 2014

Contrary to some predictions, November’s election results haven’t stalled momentum among states to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion.  Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam yesterday became the sixth governor — and third Republican — in the past two months to...

Medicaid Expansion Isn’t Hurting State Budgets

December 9, 2014

State Medicaid spending rose just 2.7 percent in state fiscal year 2014, when health reform’s Medicaid expansion took effect in more than half of the states, a new report from the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) estimates.  Along with Kaiser Family...

Renew CHIP — And Sustain Children’s Health Coverage Gains

November 14, 2014

The share of children without health insurance remained at a historic low of 7.1 percent in 2013, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families’ annual report on children’s health coverage finds (see graph).   That’s down considerably from the 9.3-percent rate for 2008, the...

States Can Stand Up for Veterans by Expanding Medicaid

November 10, 2014

Roughly 215,000 veterans in 23 states are uninsured and denied Medicaid because their state has refused to take up health reform’s Medicaid expansion.  Half of them live in five states:  36,000 in Texas, 32,000 in Florida, 20,000 in Georgia, 17,000 in North Carolina, and 12,000 in Tennessee.