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January 15, 2020

Tennessee’s proposal to radically change TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, including by converting its federal financing to an unprecedented block grant, would...

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January 10, 2020

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are asking the courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional. With a cloud of uncertainty...

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January 9, 2020

Six states — Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, and Virginia — have reversed or suspended their plans to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements. Other states with similar approved or pending waivers from the federal government also should reconsider these harmful policies.

The six states reconsidering their work requirement policies cited...

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January 9, 2020

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains likely to reduce federal budget deficits substantially in coming years, despite December’s repeal of three ACA taxes. Repealing the excise tax on high-cost health plans (the “Cadillac tax”), the fee on health insurance providers (the “health insurance tax”), and the medical device excise tax will sacrifice hundreds of billions in revenues and marks a...

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December 19, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final count of people selecting health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual marketplace for 2020 is expected soon. Accurately assessing this year’s sign-ups will require some adjustment: this year’s sign-ups will match last year’s if they total roughly 8.34 million, about 110,000 below the 8.45...

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December 10, 2019

As interest grows on Capitol Hill to boost Medicaid funding for the U.S. territories for the next four years, the President and Congress should quickly do so, which would prevent the territories from running out of Medicaid funds early next year.

A new...

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December 9, 2019

As part of year-end tax and spending legislation, Congress may consider delaying or repealing several tax provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, the fee on health insurance providers (the “health insurance tax”), the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans (the “Cadillac tax”), and the limitation on using tax-advantaged health...

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December 5, 2019

Bills reported by House committees would improve two programs that help low-income Medicare beneficiaries with their health care costs.

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November 18, 2019

Update, November 21: We updated this post to reflect CMS’ release of improper payment rates.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2019 Estimated Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) rate,...

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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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