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Medicaid Works: A Critical and Evolving Pillar of U.S. Health Care

July 19, 2016

Medicaid is in the news, with Louisiana this month becoming the latest state to implement health reform’s Medicaid expansion even as, in Washington, House Republican leaders propose ...

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Medicaid Beneficiaries Would Lose Dental and Vision Care Under Kentucky Proposal

June 30, 2016

Governor Matt Bevin’s proposal for a Medicaid waiver to change Kentucky’s successful coverage expansion would remove vision and dental care from the state’s current Medicaid benefit package.  Instead, if beneficiaries completed “specified health-related or community...

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Governor’s Medicaid Proposal Puts Coverage for over 400,000 Kentuckians at Risk

June 22, 2016

Despite Kentucky’s tremendous progress under health reform, Governor Matt Bevin proposed Medicaid changes today that would make it harder for Kentuckians to keep their coverage, and he threatened to cancel the state’s Medicaid expansion — putting coverage at risk for over...

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Medicaid Can Support Transitions Back to the Community

April 29, 2016

As people leave jail or prison, they need health coverage — and many are eligible for Medicaid.  Uninterrupted access to health care can reduce their risk of recidivism and improve their job and housing prospects and family support.  With the Justice Department declaring this week...


Eligibility Changes Will Undermine Kentucky’s Health Care Coverage Success

April 25, 2016

Kentucky’s implementation of health reform led to a 4.9 percentage point drop in its uninsured rate to 8 percent in 2014, significantly lower than the national rate of 11.6 percent.  A new...


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...


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.  

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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
  • ...

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...


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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