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Latest “Evidence” That Block-Granting Medicaid Would Help States? Hardly.

March 18, 2011

As we’ve noted, troubling proposals to convert Medicaid into a block grant are getting new attention, and a recent paper by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the conservative policy group American Action Forum, cites a demonstration project that Rhode Island is operating under a federal waiver as evidence that states would fare quite well under a block grant.

State Backtracking on Medicaid Would Weaken Health Reform

March 17, 2011

The health reform law requires states to maintain their current eligibility rules for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program until 2014, when new nationwide Medicaid rules will take effect that will help reduce the number of uninsured. Yesterday, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Senate Finance Committee’s top Republican, asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to grant waivers from this “maintenance of effort” (MOE) requirement to states that want to reduce their Medicaid and CHIP spending by covering fewer people. That would be a serious step backward for health reform.

House Bill Could Drive Many Away from Health Reform

March 3, 2011

The House will vote today on a bill that would seriously weaken health reform by imposing large tax penalties on many people who received subsidies to buy coverage in the health insurance marketplaces (“exchanges”) the law will set up. That would discourage many people from applying for subsidies in the first place, leaving more Americans to remain uninsured. It also could create a public backlash against health reform among people who bought coverage and then found themselves owing large sums to the IRS.

Little-Known Piece of Wisconsin Budget Bill Has Huge Consequences for Medicaid

February 23, 2011

Along with its far-reaching restrictions on collective bargaining by many state employees, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill” includes a little-known provision that would give him almost total control over the state’s Medicaid program.

Cutting Medicaid, CHIP rolls is no way for governors to help their states

February 10, 2011

A number of Republican governors have asked Congress to repeal a provision of health reform so they can save money by dropping people from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Repealing this “maintenance-of-effort” provision, however, would almost certainly cause millions of people to lose insurance coverage and also hurt the economy, as our new report explains.

The Middle Class's Stake in Health Reform

April 26, 2010

Middle-class families with health insurance might not think they have much at stake in the new health reform law. But as a recent Center report showed, private health coverage for the middle class is surprisingly unstable.