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GAO: More Transparency Needed in Federal Review of Medicaid Waiver Proposals

June 3, 2019

Lack of transparency in how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reviews state Medicaid waiver requests “may leave the agency and the public without key information to fully understand the potential impact of the changes being proposed, including on beneficiaries and costs,” according to a new report from the Government...

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Important Medicaid Initiatives Would End if Court Overturns ACA, as Trump Administration Seeks

April 4, 2019

The Justice Department’s recent announcement that it now supports a district court decision that would strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) puts even more at stake for Medicaid than is commonly...

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Utah’s Waiver Approval Limits Enrollment, Restricts Access to Care

March 29, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its initial approval today of Utah’s Medicaid waiver that expands coverage to some low-income adults but rejects a full expansion of Medicaid that would have covered tens of thousands more.

CMS gave Utah unprecedented authority to cap enrollment based solely on state funding decisions, and it also approved the state’s proposal...

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Iowa Bill Would Cause Thousands to Lose Medicaid Coverage

March 20, 2019

In Iowa, a Senate-passed bill that’s now before the House would almost certainly take Medicaid coverage away from thousands of people who can’t meet a work requirement.

The bill, which the Senate passed yesterday, would require all non-elderly adult Medicaid beneficiaries to document 20...

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States Are Reconsidering Restrictive Medicaid Waiver Policies

February 25, 2019

New governors and legislatures in Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, and New Mexico are taking steps to protect access to health care for thousands of low-income Medicaid beneficiaries by reconsidering restrictive policies that their predecessors put in place through federal waivers, such as taking Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet rigid work requirements and imposing premiums and...

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Arizona Should Reconsider Policies That Will Take Away Medicaid, Increase Hardship

January 18, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved two Medicaid waivers for Arizona that will reduce coverage, make it harder for people to access affordable care, and increase financial hardship. The first waiver lets the state take away Medicaid from people not...

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Despite Mounting Evidence of Harm, New Hampshire Poised to Impose Harsh Medicaid Work Rules

December 3, 2018

With federal approval now in hand, New Hampshire appears poised to move forward with a new policy to take away Medicaid coverage from people not working or engaged in qualifying work activities for 100 hours per month — despite mounting evidence that it will lead thousands of residents to lose coverage, including working people and people with serious health needs.

On Friday, the...

Congress Should Extend Successful “Money Follows the Person” Demonstration

September 4, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow to consider the EMPOWER Care Act, which would reauthorize and fund the successful, cost-effective Money Follows the Person (MFP)...

Quality of Life Improves for Medicaid's "Money Follows the Person" Participants

Mississippi’s Revised Medicaid Waiver Has Same Flaws as Original Version

July 17, 2018

Mississippi has updated its Medicaid waiver proposal in an apparent attempt to address one of the...

Mississippi’s Revised Medicaid Waiver Has Same Flaws as Original Version

Medicaid Is Key to Implementing Olmstead’s Community Integration Requirements for People With Disabilities

June 22, 2018

Nineteen years ago today, the Supreme Court found in Olmstead v. L.C. that states and localities must generally serve people with disabilities in the community rather than in institutions when community-based services can meet their needs. Over the last 19 years, the Olmstead decision has helped many people with disabilities live in their community rather than an institution...

States Have Shifted Spending to Home- and Community-Based Services, and Away from Institution-Based Services

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