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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...

The Truth Behind Rhode Island’s Medicaid Waiver

July 17, 2012

Proponents of converting Medicaid to a block grant are at it again, claiming a Medicaid waiver in Rhode Island shows that states would benefit and beneficiaries would not be hurt by less federal funding under a block grant.  Last week, a Wall Street Journal editorial repeated exaggerated...

Wall Street Journal’s Endorsement of Rhode Island Medicaid Full of Holes

April 6, 2012

In an editorial today, the Wall Street Journal claims a Medicaid waiver in Rhode Island shows that states would do well and beneficiaries would not be hurt by less federal funding if policymakers converted Medicaid to a block grant.

The Journal bases its case on an unauthorized...

Why Rhode Island’s No Model for a Medicaid Block Grant

March 16, 2012

The budget that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will unveil next week is expected to propose converting Medicaid into a block grant.  Some block-grant proponents cite Rhode Island’s Medicaid program, which operates under a federal waiver with capped federal funding, as evidence that all states would do well under a block grant, claiming the waiver has saved the state over $100...