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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...

The Growing State Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid

January 16, 2014

Policymakers in some of the 25 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid as part of health reform (see map) are putting expansion at the top of this year’s legislative agenda.  The New Hampshire House passed an expansion bill on the first day of its session last week, for example, and...

Iowa’s Medicaid Expansion Has Lessons for Other States

December 16, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week approved Iowa’s proposal to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion through a pair of demonstration projects, often called “waivers.”  As a result, more than 100,000...

States Can Reduce Kids’ Uninsured Rate Further by Expanding Medicaid

November 20, 2013

The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families’ annual report on children’s health coverage, released today, brings welcome news:  the rate of children without health coverage fell for the fifth consecutive year, from 9.3 percent in 2008 to...

New Website Provides an In-Depth Guide to Major Health Reform Provisions

September 5, 2013

Millions of Americans will gain access to quality, affordable health coverage in 2014 under health reform.  Since they’ll begin enrolling in coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces on October 1, the Center has created an online resource for the people working on the front lines to help consumers access the new coverage options.

A new Center website — Health Reform Beyond...