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May 21, 2018

The Trump Administration and Congress have committed to dedicating billions in new funding to help states and communities address the opioid epidemic.  They should use some of these resources to meet the housing...

Renters' Credit - appt
May 21, 2018

A bill before Michigan lawmakers that would take Medicaid coverage away from people who can’t meet a rigid work requirement has been rightly criticized because of a provision that would make the requirement less rigid for people in mainly white, rural areas with high unemployment than people...

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May 16, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will consider a bill tomorrow to partially repeal a longstanding policy — known as the Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion — prohibiting the use of federal Medicaid funds for care of patients ages 21-64 receiving treatment for substance use disorders...

May 16, 2018

The pending House farm bill authorizes up to $65 million to help agricultural organizations set up association health plans (AHPs) to cover their members. But expanding AHPs could lead to higher premiums and reduced choices in other insurance markets that serve farm workers and their families....

May 9, 2018

The Trump Administration reportedly said that it will not exempt American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) from its new...

Health - Paperwork and Stethoscope
May 8, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved New Hampshire’s waiver proposal to take away Medicaid from people not working or engaged in qualifying work activities for 100 hours per month. Under the Obama...

New Hampshire Medicaid Waiver Policy Will Most Affect Adults Who Are Working, Ill, or Have Disabilities
May 4, 2018

Update, May 7: We’ve updated this post.

Louisiana faces a massive budget shortfall due to the legislature’s failure to replace some temporary taxes that will expire on June 30. Instead, state...

Empty Desks
May 2, 2018

Ohio has submitted a waiver proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to impose rigid work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries who gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Ohio acknowledges that its proposal will...

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May 1, 2018

Despite uncertainty created by repeated congressional attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Trump Administration efforts to undermine the health insurance marketplaces, nearly as many people signed up for marketplace coverage for 2018 as for 2017. While enrollment remained strong, significant...

Open Enrollment
April 30, 2018

The Michigan House is now considering a bill, which the Senate has passed, that would take coverage away from Medicaid beneficiaries who don’t meet rigid work requirements. As our...