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October 22, 2019

Arizona is suspending its plan to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements, adding to the growing list of states making similar decisions. Other states with approved or pending work requirement waivers also should reconsider these harmful policies.

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October 22, 2019

Medicaid waivers that take coverage away from people not meeting work requirements have steep administrative costs, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report notes. Nevertheless, the report adds, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — which approves such waivers — does not require states to include...

Doctor and Patient Going Over Form
October 10, 2019

A recent presidential proclamation will require certain people seeking to immigrate lawfully to the United States to prove they have health insurance, can quickly sign up for it, or can pay for any reasonably anticipated...

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September 10, 2019

The share of Americans without health insurance rose from 7.9 percent in 2017 to 8.5 percent in 2018, the Census Bureau’s new Current Population Survey (CPS) data show — the first increase since the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) drove historic coverage gains, particularly after its major coverage expansions took effect in 2014.

Additional new data from the Census Bureau’s American...

Progress in Reducing Share of Americans Without Health Coverage Eroding
September 4, 2019

Low-income Medicare beneficiaries deserve special attention as Congress considers legislation to make prescription drugs more affordable. Important steps include eliminating cost-sharing for generic drugs for low-income beneficiaries and increasing participation in the Part D low-income drug subsidy.

Medicare beneficiaries with incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty level are...

In Focus: Poor, Near-Poor Seniors Likelier to Not Take Medication as Prescribed to Save Money
August 1, 2019

The Trump Administration announced this week that it won’t let Utah receive the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) enhanced federal funding for expanding Medicaid unless it makes Medicaid...

Doctor and patient
August 1, 2019

As part of a recent executive order that the Trump Administration claims would “improv[e] … transparency in American healthcare,” it’s seeking to increase the tax advantages for two products — health care sharing ministries...

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July 30, 2019

The Trump Administration is rejecting Utah’s request to receive the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) enhanced federal funding to provide Medicaid coverage for only part of the population of poor and near-poor adults that states can cover by expanding their Medicaid programs under the ACA.

Doctor Shots
July 30, 2019

Today is the 54th anniversary of the enactment of Medicaid, a program that helps millions of families and individuals across the country, as our state-by-state fact sheets show.

Medicaid helps low-income seniors, children, people with disabilities, and families get needed health care. Medicaid coverage improves families’ financial security by protecting them from medical debt and...

Healthcare provider, patient, and parent
July 30, 2019

On Medicaid and Medicare’s 54th birthday, tens of millions of beneficiaries face direct harm from litigation seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — which strengthened both programs and updated how they operate, transforming Medicaid’s eligibility rules and...

Medical personnel rushing patient to emergency room

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