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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...


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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Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Undermine Women’s Care in Medicaid

September 24, 2015

Barring federal funding for Planned Parenthood, as some in Congress favor, would have a devastating impact on women’s access to health care services through Medicaid — especially family planning services — and put many women’s health at risk. 

Nearly 400,000 low-income women would lose access to care under the one-year funding prohibition that the...

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Medicaid at 50: A Critical and Evolving Pillar of U.S. Health Care

July 30, 2015

Before President Johnson signed Medicaid into law in 1965, poor families mostly depended on charity care, and many went without treatment. Medicaid brought a rapid change for these families.

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States Shouldn’t Impose Medicaid Premiums, Co-pays

July 22, 2015

In seeking to expand Medicaid under health reform, some states are asking the federal government for permission to charge very poor people premiums and co-pays.  But doing so hurts the poorest and most vulnerable, as a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report confirms.

ASPE — HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation — issued a report last week...

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Medicaid at 50: Evolving to Improve Health, Lower Costs

July 16, 2015

While researching our paper on state Medicaid innovations that improve health while cutting unnecessary spending, we were surprised at how many states are using their flexibility under Medicaid to adopt positive changes rather than punitive, ineffective ones like co-...

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