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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...

Why Rhode Island’s No Model for Medicaid

August 30, 2013

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial touting Rhode Island’s Medicaid program as a model for other states misrepresents Rhode Island’s experience under its federal Medicaid waiver.

The waiver represented a “sweetheart deal” between the state’s Republican governor and the outgoing...

Medicaid Expansion Will Boost Rural Health Coverage and Economies

June 11, 2013

With several states close to deciding whether to take advantage of health reform’s file type icon Medicaid expansion for 2014, policymakers in these states should know that accepting the federal funds to expand Medicaid will bring particularly positive...

State Policymakers Can Better Support All Women By Expanding Medicaid

May 9, 2013

As Mother’s Day approaches, state policymakers can do right by women — and the children they’ll have in the future — by taking advantage of health reform’s Medicaid expansion.

Up to 6 million uninsured women between the ages of 19 and 44 may become eligible for...

Want More Low-Income Workers to Have Health Coverage? Expand Medicaid.

April 19, 2013

Some opponents of health reform’s Medicaid expansion argue that the low-income adults who will qualify for the program are “able-bodied” adults who should be working and getting coverage on their own.  But, as our recent...

More States See Advantages to Expanding Medicaid in 2014

February 27, 2013

Now that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced his support for health reform’s Medicaid expansion, becoming the eighth Republican governor to do so, more than half of the states — 25, plus the District of Columbia — are...

Support for Medicaid Expansion Growing Among Governors of Both Parties

January 16, 2013

Governors in Arizona and North Dakota this week joined their Republican counterparts in Nevada and New Mexico in supporting health reform’s Medicaid expansion in their state. Governors who have not decided whether their state should expand — and those who have previously opposed expansion — should look to these governors who recognized that not only is the expansion...

Want to Cover More Children? Adopt Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion

October 26, 2012

A new report from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families brings good news:  the share of children without health coverage continues to drop, from 8.6 percent in 2009 to 7.5 percent in 2011.  Higher enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — plus...

Why Rhode Island Doesn’t Tell Us Anything About a Medicaid Block Grant

October 11, 2012

My colleague Donna Pavetti has rebutted claims in an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal that TANF is a model for converting Medicaid to a block grant.  The op-ed also...