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March 8, 2018

Alabama, which has refused to expand Medicaid for low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is now proposing to make work a condition of Medicaid eligibility for very low-income parents, stating that it...

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March 5, 2018

The Trump Administration’s decision to let states make unprecedented and radical changes to Medicaid through demonstration projects, such as requiring that beneficiaries work or engage in work-related activities, reinforces the need for well-designed, timely evaluations of state demonstrations. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) ...

March 5, 2018

While giving Kentucky the unprecedented ability to require Medicaid beneficiaries to work or engage in work-related activities through the state’s Medicaid waiver, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the state additional first-of-its-kind...

Health and Money
March 5, 2018

Update, March 6: we’ve updated this post with revised data from the Urban Institute.

The Trump Administration’s approval today of Arkansas’ harsh work requirement inMedicaid will likely set back the state’s considerable progress under the Affordable Care...

Medicaid Work Requirement Will Mostly Affect Arkansans Who Are Working, Ill or Disabled, or Caregivers
February 28, 2018

Iowa lawmakers are considering exempting health plans offered by the state’s Farm Bureau from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) benefit standards and consumer protections. That would generate premium hikes in Iowa’s individual insurance market in 2019 and expose enrollees in the new plans to high costs and benefit gaps if they get sick.

The Iowa legislation, proposed in the state...

Stethoscope on Blue Background
February 23, 2018

In his 2019 budget, President Trump missed an opportunity to propose reauthorizing the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration, which since 2007 has helped over 75,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in 44 states who need long-term services and supports transition from institutions back to their own...

Quality of Life Improves for Medicaid's "Money Follows the Person" Participants
February 21, 2018

When it recently extended Indiana’s Medicaid waiver for three years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) let the state raise monthly premiums for Medicaid enrollees who smoke. Indiana claims this policy will test whether a premium surcharge will convince smokers to...

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February 20, 2018

The Trump Administration proposed rules today to expand the use of short-term health plans as an alternative to plans that meet more stringent standards. This would let a parallel market for skimpy plans operate alongside the market for comprehensive individual health insurance, exposing consumers to...

Baby at Doctor's Appointment
February 13, 2018

Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently approved, jeopardizes not just coverage for hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries but also the finances of hospitals and other safety net providers. Rather than test new ways to advance Medicaid’s core mission of ensuring that low-income people can get the health care they need —...

February 9, 2018

The open enrollment period to sign up for individual health insurance in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces is over, but many of those enrolled in 2017 still have time to enroll for 2018. Consumers who were enrolled at the end of 2017 and couldn’t stay in their plans in 2018 due to plan cancellation are eligible for a special enrollment period lasting until March 1. Because there was...

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