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Arizona Shows Why House GOP Plan Would Likely End Medicaid Expansion

March 13, 2017

We’ve explained that the House Republican health plan would likely end the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion to low-income adults in most — if not all — states by limiting the enhanced federal matching funds to states to cover adults who enroll before...

Arizona Medicaid Caseload Plummeted After July 2011 Enrollment Freeze

Making Maternity Coverage Optional Would Raise Women’s Health Care Costs

February 17, 2017

“Women should be able to make the decisions that work best for them,” including whether their health coverage should include maternity benefits, says Seema Verma, President Trump’s nominee to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). But making it optional...

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Medicaid at 50: More States Using Flexibility to Cut Costs, Improve Health

June 24, 2015

Colorado and Oregon are using their Medicaid flexibility to adopt innovative strategies that cut costs while improving beneficiaries’ health, such as by reducing emergency room (ER) visits and better coordinating care for people with chronic conditions.  These initiatives — and...

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No Need for Work Requirements in Medicaid

May 1, 2015

Some state policymakers continue to propose linking Medicaid coverage to work or work-search requirements despite recent statements from Administration officials that these requirements don’t belong in Medicaid.  As we’ve...

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Better Care Coordination Can Cut Medicaid Spending and Improve Health Outcomes

April 23, 2015

Medicaid critics often claim that the program lacks sufficient flexibility to implement strategies that would help states lower Medicaid spending and improve beneficiaries’ health.   But that’s not true.  As we explained in a recent paper, states do have that...

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States Can Use Medicaid Flexibility to Boost Health and Cut Costs

April 9, 2015

Update, April 9: We have made a correction to this post.

States can help improve Medicaid beneficiaries’ health and cut costs by promoting personal responsibility and work and ensuring appropriate use of health care.  As our new paper ...

The House Budget Committee Plan — Not Medicaid — Makes Empty Promises

March 23, 2015

The House Budget Committee’s budget plan, which the House will consider on the floor this week, states that “Medicaid’s promises are empty,” claiming that beneficiaries don’t have health care providers who will see them and thus don’t have access to needed care.

That’s not true; research shows that Medicaid beneficiaries have...

What States Can — and Can’t — Do Under Health Reform’s “State Innovation” Waivers

February 11, 2015

“Waivers for state innovation,” also known as “1332 waivers” for the section of the Affordable Care Act creating them, are attracting attention as a way for states, beginning in 2017, to pursue their own approaches to expand coverage under health reform.  But there’s considerable uncertainty about the scope of these waivers.  Our ...

Indiana’s New Medicaid Waiver Requires Close Watch

February 3, 2015

With Indiana becoming the 29th state to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion, we’re happy to see another state expand Medicaid (see map below) — but it remains to be seen whether Indiana will meet its coverage goals and whether enrollees will get the care they need. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week approved the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 Medicaid...

Medicaid and CHIP - Indiana Map

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