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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...

Pacific Island Territories Need Disaster Relief Funding for Medicaid

April 1, 2019

The disaster relief bill that the Senate’s expected to pass this week doesn’t include critical Medicaid funds that Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa need to continue providing health care to their residents. All three areas experienced widespread...

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Married Couples With Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services Could Lose Critical Protections

March 13, 2019

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) again face the possibility of losing their Medicaid eligibility and having to enter nursing homes to get needed care, because a three-month extension of “spousal impoverishment” protections expires on March 31.

Before 1988, married couples often faced significant hardship when one spouse needed...

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

Married Couples Receiving Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services Risk Losing Protections Without Congressional Action

January 8, 2019

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) could lose their Medicaid eligibility and have to go into nursing homes to get needed care, because the President and Congress haven’t extended “spousal impoverishment” protections that expired on December 31. The House is expected to consider legislation today to extend the protections for three...

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

Protections for Married Couples Receiving Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services End on December 31 Without Congressional Action

December 3, 2018

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) could lose their Medicaid eligibility and have to go into nursing homes to get needed care if Congress adjourns without extending “spousal impoverishment” protections that are set to expire on December 31.

Before 1988, married couples often faced significant hardship when one spouse needed care...

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

Administration’s Re-Approval of Kentucky’s Medicaid Waiver Again Ignores Harm to Beneficiaries

November 21, 2018

The Trump Administration has re-approved Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver after a federal district court struck down an almost identical earlier version, but the Administration still didn’t show how a waiver that would take coverage away from beneficiaries who...

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Kentucky Medicaid Waiver Reapproval Would Hurt Wide Range of Beneficiaries

August 22, 2018

Although a federal court has rejected the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) approval of a Kentucky Medicaid waiver that will take away people’s Medicaid coverage if they don’t work or participate in work-related activities, CMS is again considering Kentucky’s proposal. In a...

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More Evidence That Complex Medicaid Waivers Will Likely Cause Harm

June 25, 2018

State experiments to test whether premiums and complex incentives can encourage Medicaid enrollees to adopt healthy behaviors haven’t achieved their goals, partly because many enrollees don’t fully understand the new rules. Nevertheless, the Trump Administration has approved state proposals...

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“Healthy Michigan” Bill Puts Health Coverage for 670,000 People at Risk

June 8, 2018

Michigan lawmakers just passed a bill requiring the state to apply for a federal waiver to take away Medicaid coverage from people who don’t meet work requirements and charge Medicaid premiums that total 5 percent of an enrollee’s household income. The premiums would...

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