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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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November 11, 2019

Facing Trump Administration pressure to make their Medicaid eligibility determinations more accurate, states are conducting more income checks,...

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November 6, 2019

Since the start of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion to low-income adults, evidence has poured in that the expansion is helping enrollees access and afford care.

In Focus: Medicaid Expansion Could Save as Many Lives as Seatbelts
November 6, 2019

Health coverage gains continued to drive down uncompensated care costs through 2016, according to the latest data from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. Such costs have fallen significantly since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions took...

In Focus: Uncompensated Care Costs Fall With Drop in Uninsured Rate
October 31, 2019

Consumers can shop for 2020 health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period of November 1 to December 15 but, if they use enrollment pathways other than, they risk choosing subpar coverage and missing out on financial help for which they’re...

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October 30, 2019

The uninsured rate among children rose for the second straight year in 2018 to 5.2 percent, up from 2016’s historic low of 4.7 percent, a new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) finds. This backsliding — along with the...

In Focus: Children’s Uninsured Rate Has Increased Two Years in a Row