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Trump Administration Inviting Medicaid Block Grants, Undermining Access to Behavioral Health Care

March 5, 2020

The Trump Administration’s new guidance inviting states to apply for federal waivers to convert their Medicaid programs for adults into block grants — with capped federal funding and...


Trump Proposal to Lower Poverty Line Draws Broad Opposition

November 22, 2019

Now that the Trump Administration has made public the more than 50,000 comments on its proposal to lower the federal poverty line...

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Georgia Waivers: At Least as Costly to Cover Far Fewer People Than Medicaid Expansion

November 14, 2019

We’ve updated this post to reflect that Georgia’s Medicaid 1115 waiver would apply to residents with incomes at or below the poverty line.

Under two recent state proposals to waive federal Medicaid and Affordable Care Act rules, Georgia would spend at least as much to extend coverage to about 400,000 fewer people than if it adopted the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. And one waiver...

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Latest Trump Move to Thwart Legal Immigration Undermines Health Coverage

October 10, 2019

A recent presidential proclamation will require certain people seeking to immigrate lawfully to the United States to prove they have health insurance, can quickly sign up for it, or can pay for any reasonably anticipated...

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Health Care Providers, Advocates Explain Harm of Medicaid Work Requirements

February 21, 2019

With the Trump Administration re-approving Kentucky‘s Medicaid waiver that takes Medicaid coverage away from people not meeting work requirements, a group of health care providers and advocates has filed an...

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Medicaid Expansion’s Far-Reaching Benefits

October 2, 2018

With voters in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah deciding in November if their state should adopt the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, our...

Uninsured Rate Gap Between Medicaid Expansion States and Others Widening

Medicaid Works for Vulnerable Communities

February 2, 2018

The Trump Administration has started letting states make counterproductive work requirements a condition of Medicaid eligibility, and it’s expected to approve Indiana’s request today to impose such requirements in its Medicaid program.  These Medicaid changes and others that policymakers have recently considered would undermine the program’s ability to provide tens of millions of Americans —...

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Medicaid Expansion Essential to Address Opioid Epidemic

October 5, 2017

Some Affordable Care Act (ACA) critics claim that its Medicaid expansion is fueling the opioid epidemic by giving Medicaid beneficiaries access to prescription opioid medications, but they’ve got it backwards. In reality, the Medicaid expansion has provided a critical lifeline for people with substance use...

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