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March 30, 2020

States received a significant temporary increase in federal Medicaid funding in the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law on March 18. In exchange for this increase in federal funding, they can’t impose new Medicaid eligibility restrictions, or take away people’s coverage, during the...

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March 27, 2020

Here are the CBPP statements, papers, blog posts, and tweet threads to date on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic; we’ll update this list as we issue more analyses.

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March 19, 2020

States facing increased demands on their Medicaid programs due to COVID-19 should prioritize enrolling people in Medicaid and making sure they can stay enrolled. The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires states to take some steps in this direction, but they can and should do more.

The COVID-19 emergency is putting intense pressure on state and local agencies that...

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March 10, 2020

Direct, immediate stimulus payments would do far more to reduce immediate hardship and buttress an economy that faces serious risk.

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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...

March 4, 2020

Some 80,000 Michiganders are in danger of becoming uninsured beginning May 31 due to the state’s new policy of taking Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced last week.

These data show...

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February 28, 2020

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says that our analysis of how the Trump Administration’s “Healthy Adult Opportunity” Medicaid block grant proposal would affect pregnant women, low-income parents, and people with disabilities is incorrect, claiming...

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February 13, 2020

President Trump’s 2021 budget proposes about $500 billion in net Medicare spending reductions over ten years (see table), most of which would come from reducing payments to health care providers and not affect beneficiaries directly.

For the most part, the budget does not reflect the President’s efforts...

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February 11, 2020

For months, the Administration has promised that it has a plan for Americans’ health care if it wins its lawsuit seeking to...

In Focus: Trump 2021 Budget Proposes $1 Trillion in Cuts to Medicaid and the ACA
January 30, 2020

Public comments are due Saturday on a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would affect how states fund Medicaid. Were CMS to finalize the rule, it could prompt states to cut benefits and eligibility as well as provider payments, jeopardizing access to care for millions of...

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