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Correcting the Record: Medicaid Block Grants Would Affect More Than Healthy Adults

February 28, 2020

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says that our analysis of how the Trump Administration’s “Healthy Adult Opportunity” Medicaid block grant proposal would affect pregnant women, low-income parents, and people with disabilities is incorrect, claiming...

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Proposed Medicaid Financing Rule Could Jeopardize Care for Millions

January 30, 2020

Public comments are due Saturday on a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would affect how states fund Medicaid. Were CMS to finalize the rule, it could prompt states to cut benefits and eligibility as well as provider payments, jeopardizing access to care for millions of...

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Policymakers Should Quickly Give Much-Needed Medicaid Funding Boost to U.S. Territories

December 10, 2019

As interest grows on Capitol Hill to boost Medicaid funding for the U.S. territories for the next four years, the President and Congress should quickly do so, which would prevent the territories from running out of Medicaid funds early next year.

A new...

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Accuracy of Medicaid Eligibility Determinations Should Also Ensure That Eligible People Are Enrolled

November 11, 2019

Facing Trump Administration pressure to make their Medicaid eligibility determinations more accurate, states are conducting more income checks,...

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Time for Utah to Fully Expand Medicaid

August 1, 2019

The Trump Administration announced this week that it won’t let Utah receive the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) enhanced federal funding for expanding Medicaid unless it makes Medicaid...

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House Bill Would Enable U.S. Territories to Maintain, Improve Medicaid

July 11, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to mark up a bill today that would prevent the U.S. territories (American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) from running out of Medicaid money when...

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Medicaid Funding Cliff Approaching for U.S. Territories

June 19, 2019

Tomorrow’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will put the focus back on the crisis that U.S. territories face due to the looming expiration of federal funds to supplement their inadequate Medicaid block grants — and their need for ongoing...

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Utah’s Proposed Medicaid Waiver Would Deny Medicaid to Tens of Thousands of Low-Income Utahns, Drive More Cuts in the Future

June 12, 2019

The new waiver would deny Medicaid to tens of thousands of low-income adults who would be eligible if the state fully expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Governor’s Proposal Would Stabilize, Improve Puerto Rico’s Medicaid Program

May 3, 2019

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has sent congressional leaders a proposal to address the Commonwealth’s Medicaid funding cliff (its impending shortfall that would threaten the health coverage of 1.5 million Puerto Rico residents this fall), stabilize its Medicaid program for the next five years, and improve the program.

Unlike the states, which receive open-ended federal funds for...

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Behavioral Science Shows Why Medicaid Work Requirements Can’t Be Fixed

April 9, 2019

Large numbers of people subject to a work requirement under Arkansas’ Medicaid program don’t know about or understand the requirement and complying with it is “hassle-filled,” says a new paper on work requirements based on behavioral science.

Work requirements can’t be “fixed,” as we’ve...

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