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State Medicaid Spending Growing Slower in Expansion States Than Others

October 27, 2014

States that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform expect their share of Medicaid spending to grow more slowly this year than states that have not expanded, a new Kaiser Family Foundation report finds.  That’s yet more evidence that ...

Indiana Should Revise Medicaid Waiver Proposal

October 17, 2014

Indiana has proposed to expand Medicaid and extend health coverage to as many as 374,000 uninsured Hoosiers through the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0.  As currently designed, however, the proposal would create barriers to coverage for low-income individuals and cause substantial numbers of people to remain uninsured, as we explain in a...

Hospitals Benefiting From Medicaid Expansion, Report Finds

September 5, 2014

Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform are seeing a large drop in uninsured patients and higher-than-expected revenues, a new report from the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Health Research...

Wisconsin and Wyoming Tally Fiscal Cost of Rejecting Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion

August 28, 2014

Recent budget reports from Wisconsin and Wyoming show that their failure to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion is costing them...

States Seeking to Expand Medicaid Through Waivers Can Learn From Arkansas, Iowa, and Michigan

August 22, 2014

The federal government is considering proposals from Pennsylvania and Indiana to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion through a demonstration project, or waiver, and New Hampshire will soon submit its own.  The experience of the three states — Arkansas, Iowa, and Michigan — that have expanded through a waiver suggests that while the federal government will work with states to craft...

Federal Medicaid Matching Rates Have Remained Stable, New Study Shows

August 14, 2014

Some state policymakers opposed to health reform’s Medicaid expansion continue to argue that the federal government will likely renege on its commitment to permanently pick up nearly all of the cost...

Medicaid Expansion Decisions Leading States Down Divergent Paths

July 16, 2014

As a growing number of reports increasingly make clear, a state’s decision whether to expand Medicaid as part of health reform has real-life effects on its residents and its businesses.  In the 26 states and the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid (see map), the positive benefits are already playing out.  Here’s some of the latest information:

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Virginia Should Be Wary of New Medicaid Poll

April 25, 2014

There’s a big reason to question the accuracy of a new poll of Virginians from Christopher Newport University, which the Washington Post...

Two Takeaways From New Hampshire and Michigan’s Medicaid Expansions

March 31, 2014

New Hampshire’s legislature has passed and Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law legislation that will expand Medicaid as part of health reform effective July 1.  This means that combined with Michigan, where expansion takes effect tomorrow, an additional 600,...

Failing to Expand Medicaid Costs Individuals, Too

February 10, 2014

We’ve written about the growing cost to states of not expanding Medicaid as part of health reform.  But let’s not forget that state policymakers’ decisions not to expand have a severe human cost, too, as an...