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November 15, 2018

The Trump Administration’s proposal to radically change immigration rules relating to “public charge” determinations has understandably stoked fears about how applying for public benefit programs could affect peoples’ current or future immigration status. But...

Open Enrollment
November 7, 2018

Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah voters approved ballot initiatives yesterday to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion that, when implemented, will provide Medicaid coverage to an estimated 363,000 more people.

In Focus: 363,000 People Expected to Gain Medicaid Coverage in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah
November 1, 2018

Starting today, people can sign up for 2019 health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces in most states. Despite Trump Administration actions that have raised premiums and threaten to depress enrollment, the marketplaces have proven resilient,...

Health Marketplace on an iPad
November 1, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Wisconsin’s Medicaid waiver proposal, which will significantly restrict Medicaid coverage for low-income adults in a number of significant ways.

For starters, Wisconsin is the first state allowed to take coverage away from people with incomes below the poverty line if they don’t pay $8 monthly premiums. Those with incomes...

Doctor Shots
October 30, 2018

Private Medicare Advantage (MA) insurers have long received overpayments from Medicare due to their “upcoding,” which makes MA enrollees appear less healthy than they are — and a recent court decision could worsen the problem. As policymakers look to strengthen Medicare, eliminating upcoding should be high on their...

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October 19, 2018

SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid give many Americans, including many low-wage workers, access to nutritious food and health coverage. Despite their important roles, recent federal and state proposals and policies would take SNAP and...

Grocery Shopping
October 16, 2018

Some 4,109 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries lost coverage on October 1 for not reporting at least 80 hours of work or work-related activities for three months, the state reports. That brings the total to 8,462 beneficiaries who have lost coverage since the state implemented its rigid work requirement. These...

Very Few Arkansas Medicaid Beneficiaries Met New Reporting Requirements in Fourth Month of Work Requirement
October 11, 2018

With Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah voters deciding in November whether to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), opponents are recycling a false claim that expansion hurts vulnerable groups like seniors and people with disabilities by making it less likely that they get the services they need to help them remain in their homes. (Opponents are also making exaggerated or...

Doctor and Patient
October 10, 2018

Update, October 10: we’ve updated this post to include more information about the lawsuit to block the federal rules.

The Senate is expected to vote as soon as today on a resolution to overturn recent federal rules expanding short-term health plans, which are...

Affordable Care Act
October 4, 2018

Proposals to expand Medicare have moved to the forefront of debate, with several expansion plans advanced in policy journals or introduced in Congress. Although they vary in scope, all raise numerous technical and program design issues. In a new issue brief for the National Academy of...

Elderly Woman And Doctor

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