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Like Prior Repeal Bills, Cassidy-Graham Puts Coverage for American Indians, Alaska Natives at Risk

September 20, 2017

Update, September 25: We’ve updated this post.

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage expansions, with 290,000 AI/ANs now enrolled in Medicaid, as we’ve explained. The most recent...

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Cassidy-Graham Would End Medicaid Expansion in 2020, Leave Millions of Low-Income Adults Uninsured

September 19, 2017

Update, September 25: We’ve updated this post.

The latest version of the plan from Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would still end Medicaid expansion in 2020 and make even deeper cuts to Medicaid than prior Republican repeal legislation, such as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Like the BCRA, the latest Cassidy...

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Florida’s Medicaid Waiver Won’t Improve Coverage or Access

August 4, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed Florida’s Medicaid waiver for the next five years and, with it, included $1.5 billion in annual Low-Income Pool (LIP) funding for health care providers that furnish care to uninsured low-income Floridians. That’s about $900 million more than the state previously received under the waiver — but, despite the Trump Administration’...

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No “Fix”: Revised Senate Bill Still Puts Coverage for American Indians, Alaska Natives at Risk

July 14, 2017

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage expansions, with 290,000 AI/ANs now enrolled in Medicaid, as we’ve explained. (See table.) The supposed AI/AN “fix” that Senate Republican leaders...

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Senate Bill Makes It Harder for States to Maintain — Let Alone Raise — Their Medicaid Spending

June 24, 2017

The Senate health bill not only shifts huge costs to states by capping and cutting federal Medicaid funding — thereby forcing states to raise taxes or cut other areas like education to maintain their Medicaid programs — but makes it harder for states just to sustain their current Medicaid spending by restricting state taxes on health care providers....

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Expanding Medicaid Makes the Marketplace Work Better

May 19, 2017

We’ve written about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion for state budgets, substance use disorder treatment,...

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More Supplemental Medicaid Funding in Florida Won’t Improve Coverage or Access

April 14, 2017

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Wednesday that Florida is “working with the Trump Administration to secure a commitment of $1.5 billion in LIP [Low-Income Pool] funding,” about $900 million more than the state was scheduled to receive. As we’ve...

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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...

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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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