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Trump on Partial Medicaid Expansion: Right Decision, Wrong Reasons

July 30, 2019

The Trump Administration is rejecting Utah’s request to receive the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) enhanced federal funding to provide Medicaid coverage for only part of the population of poor and near-poor adults that states can cover by expanding their Medicaid programs under the ACA.

Doctor Shots

ACA Lawsuit Threatens Tens of Millions of Medicaid, Medicare Beneficiaries

July 30, 2019

On Medicaid and Medicare’s 54th birthday, tens of millions of beneficiaries face direct harm from litigation seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — which strengthened both programs and updated how they operate, transforming Medicaid’s eligibility rules and...

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NH Medicaid Work Requirement Suspension Confirms: Policy Can’t Be Fixed

July 9, 2019

New Hampshire has suspended a policy to take Medicaid coverage away from people not meeting work requirements, recognizing that it was on pace for large coverage losses — potentially...

Doctor and patient

Important Medicaid Initiatives Would End if Decision Overturning ACA Stands

July 8, 2019

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments tomorrow on whether a district court decision striking down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) should stand...

Child at Checkup

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...

Medical Supplies

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...

Doctor and Patient Going Over Form

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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