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Senate Health Bill Pays Lip Service to Home- and Community-Based Services, But Imposes Deep Cuts

July 7, 2017

The Senate Republican health bill directs the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary to implement procedures to encourage states to adopt or extend home- and community-based services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver programs, which allow seniors and people with disabilities, including children with complex health care needs, to stay in their homes. But like the House-passed health bill, the Senate...

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Senate Health Bill Could End Alaska’s Medicaid Expansion in 2020

June 26, 2017

Alaska would experience significant harm from Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as we’ve explained. But the risk to its Medicaid expansion, which has provided health coverage for more than 30,000 Alaskans and especially benefited Alaska...

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Senate Republican Funds to Address Opioid Epidemic Can’t Offset Medicaid Expansion Repeal

June 13, 2017

Senate Republicans reportedly may try to add funds to address the opioid epidemic to their emerging bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As we...

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Maine’s Waiver Proposal Would Violate Medicaid Law

April 26, 2017

Maine’s new proposal for a Medicaid waiver seeks radical and unprecedented changes to Medicaid, totally disregarding what Medicaid law allows and targeting the state’s lowest-income adults in ways that would likely leave many without access to needed health care.

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Wisconsin Medicaid Proposals Don’t Merit Federal Approval

April 25, 2017

Wisconsin plans to seek federal permission to make unprecedented changes to its Medicaid program that would likely cause large numbers of adults without dependent children to lose coverage or fail to enroll. Under the Social Security Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may only approve a state request for a...

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Don't Be Fooled: $15 Billion More for House GOP Health Bill’s Stability Fund Will Undo Little of Bill’s Harm on Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

March 24, 2017
No one should fall for it — a one-time $15 billion investment with little direction on how to spend the funds wouldn’t come close to offsetting the enormous damage that the underlying House bill would do to millions of people who would lose these important categories of care.
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False Claims That the Medicaid Expansion Is Causing Waiting Lists

March 20, 2017

Pushing for huge Medicaid cuts, including ending the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for low-income adults and imposing a per capita cap, some congressional Republicans continue to claim falsely that the Medicaid expansion is squeezing out funding for other Medicaid...

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Kentucky’s Medicaid Changes Would Undermine Health Care Access

March 1, 2017

With the Senate Finance Committee voting tomorrow on Seema Verma’s nomination to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), it’s worth another look at Kentucky’s proposed Medicaid changes, which she helped develop — and which would require CMS approval. As we’ve...

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Medicaid Cuts Are Real Threat to Home- and Community-Based Services

February 23, 2017

Republican plans to severely cut federal Medicaid funds by converting the program to a block grant or a per capita cap represents a severe threat to funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS), despite recent claims to the contrary.

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TANF Block Grant Offers a Cautionary Tale for Medicaid

February 22, 2017

House Republicans plan to fast track their proposal to cut federal Medicaid funding by converting the program to a block grant or per capita cap and phasing out the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, House Republican...

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