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Protecting Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Freedom to Choose Providers

April 19, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a welcome reminder to state Medicaid directors that federal law gives Medicaid beneficiaries freedom of choice of their health care providers.  Some states have tried to bar Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid programs by claiming it isn’t...

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House Bill Would Cut Federal Medicaid Payments for Prisoners, Shift Costs to States

March 31, 2016

Legislation that the House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved would cut federal payments for inpatient hospital care to certain prisoners under Medicaid, shifting $2 billion in Medicaid costs to states over the next decade and setting a precedent that could undermine health reform’s Medicaid expansion.  

Medicaid doesn’t cover health care services for people in public...

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Medicaid Expansion Can Help Reduce Behavioral Health Problems

March 29, 2016

Expanding Medicaid significantly helps states address problems resulting from behavioral health conditions, including substance use disorders and serious mental illness, in multiple ways, a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report shows:

  • By reducing the unmet need for mental
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Closer Look at Marketplace Enrollment Shows Need to Improve Data-Matching Process

March 16, 2016

A Senate Finance Committee hearing tomorrow will examine how the federal health care marketplace, operating in 38 states, verifies eligibility.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on what the marketplace...

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Keep New Marketplace Rule From Creating Barriers to Coverage

February 26, 2016

As we’ve written, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has imposed new requirements on people trying to enroll in health plans through the federal marketplace during special enrollment periods (SEPs) despite scarce data showing that consumers are inappropriately using...

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Helping People Keep Marketplace Coverage and Subsidies

February 17, 2016

Over the next few months, many of the 9.6 million people who chose a health plan for 2016 in the 38 states using the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) must submit documents proving their eligibility or risk losing coverage or the federal subsidies they receive to help pay...

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Dismantling Kynect Could Mean Higher Costs, Less Coverage for Kentuckians

January 20, 2016

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s plan to dismantle Kynect, the state’s health insurance exchange, and transition to the federal exchange would hurt Kentuckians, despite what some contend.  It...

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Congress Should Enact Obama’s Medicaid Proposal

January 14, 2016

Congress should quickly enact a proposal, which President Obama will include in his 2017 budget, to give all states three years of full federal funding when they expand Medicaid — whether they’ve already expanded or will in the future.

When policymakers enacted...

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Tallying the Successes of Medicaid Expansion

December 7, 2015

With threats to health reform and its Medicaid expansion continuing to loom, it’s worth looking at some of the successes that such an effort would endanger.  Specifically, the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid under health reform have...

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Enrollment Data for Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver Raise Questions

September 28, 2015

Before and after the federal government approved the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0, the state’s plan to expand Medicaid, we raised concerns that charging premiums and co-...

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