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Lower Recidivism: Yet Another Good Reason for States to Expand Medicaid

June 25, 2014

Some opponents of health reform’s Medicaid expansion have cited an estimate that 35 percent of adults newly eligible for Medicaid have been involved in the criminal justice system in the past year.  This figure is highly inflated.

In reality, only about 17 percent of newly eligible adults who enroll in Medicaid will have been in jail or prison.  But even though they will make up...

Medicaid Primary Care Payment Rate Bump Is Worth Extending

June 19, 2014

An increase in Medicaid primary care payment rates that was included in health reform is scheduled to expire at the end of this year.  But with the need for cost-effective Medicaid primary care rising across the country, the current physician rates should be maintained — and expanded to additional providers — as the Obama Administration and a group of hospitals and doctors have recommended....

Scare Tactics Shouldn’t Dissuade States From Expanding Medicaid

April 23, 2014

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), a Florida-based conservative think tank, is using scare tactics in its campaign against Medicaid expansion.  It claims that Arkansas taxpayers...

Haven’t Enrolled in Marketplace Health Coverage? Three Things to Know

April 8, 2014

More than 7 million people had signed up for private coverage by the time open enrollment in health reform’s insurance marketplaces ended March 31.  But, what about those who are still trying to enroll — and those who don’t need coverage now but may need it later in the year when their circumstances change?  Here are three basic points on who can sign up between now and November 15, when the...

Obama Budget Would Improve Access to Health Care for Underserved Populations

March 14, 2014

As health reform enables millions of uninsured Americans to gain health insurance, the need for preventive and primary care services and those who provide them will continue to grow.  The President’s 2015 budget includes a new initiative to strengthen the health workforce — particularly for underserved areas and populations with shortages of providers — and ensure adequate payments for primary...

Addressing Confusion About Young Adults’ Coverage Options Under Health Reform

October 29, 2013

Despite today’s suggestions to the contrary by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, health reform offers young adults an unprecedented range of choices for affordable health insurance coverage.  It’s allowed more than 3 million young adults under age 26 to obtain coverage under their parents’ policies, and millions...

“Coverage Gap” Could Narrow as More States Look to Expand Medicaid Under Health Reform

October 21, 2013

With 25 states already expanding Medicaid to low-income adults under health reform, governors in New Hampshire and Ohio want their states to expand their programs as well, which would...

Shutdown Deal Won't Affect Health Reform Subsidies

October 17, 2013

Let’s clear up any confusion:  yesterday’s deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit doesn’t change the procedures for verifying applicants’ eligibility for new federal health insurance subsidies under health reform.  That’s appropriate, since these procedures are perfectly adequate as they now stand.

Instead, a provision in yesterday’s deal requires the Health and Human...

Potential GOP Demand to End Shutdown Would Undermine Health Reform

October 11, 2013

Some Republican senators reportedly will seek to include a House-passed bill to...

Early Results From Connecticut Show Health Reform Is Helping Young Adults Get Coverage

October 9, 2013

Enrollment in health reform’s new marketplaces (sometimes called exchanges) began last week, and Connecticut already has reported encouraging results about young adults signing up for the coverage that will take effect on January 1.

Almost one-third...

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