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November 14, 2017

For the first time, states will be able to require work or work-related activities as a condition of Medicaid eligibility, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma recently announced. Verma’s announcement followed a CMS...

November 14, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved an amendment to Utah’s section 1115 Medicaid waiver through which the state will provide Medicaid coverage to a small, poorly defined group of adults with no income — but that’s well short...

November 14, 2017

Medicaid coverage improves low-income peoples’ financial credit, new research shows by comparing states that have adopted the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and those that haven’t. Along with other research showing that Medicaid improves other aspects of financial health as well as physical health and access to care, the study...

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November 14, 2017

The 2018 open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace coverage is off to a fast start, with over 600,000 customers selecting plans in the first four days compared to 416,000 during the first five days of last year’s period.

We don’t yet know what’s driving the increase and how signups during the open enrollment period as a whole — which the Trump Administration has...

November 13, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its criteria for approving demonstration projects (or “waivers”) for states to test new ways to deliver health care to low-income people through Medicaid — and, in doing so, it signaled that the Trump Administration plans to approve proposals that won’t promote Medicaid’s objectives.

Medicaid’s core mission is to provide...

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November 9, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted a section 1115 waiver to let Iowa end Medicaid payments for medical costs that beneficiaries incurred up to three months before enrolling in Medicaid if they were eligible for Medicaid during that period. As we...

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November 8, 2017

Now that Maine voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion and provide health coverage to about 70,000 low-income Mainers, Gov. Paul LePage and lawmakers should move quickly to implement the new law.

With yesterday’s vote, by...

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November 2, 2017

The House will vote tomorrow on a bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), temporarily increase federal funding for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program, extend funding for community health centers and several other public health programs for two years, and temporarily avert cuts to Medicaid disproportionate...

November 1, 2017

Maine voters will consider a ballot initiative next Tuesday to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion and provide coverage to 70,000 low-income Mainers. Gov. Paul LePage opposes the measure and continues to say that expansion would jeopardize care for...

October 31, 2017

The House may soon consider legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health center funding that includes a harmful provision that would take insurance away from as many as 688,000 low- and moderate-income people each year who miss a premium payment.

People who now get federal advance premium tax credits (APTC) to help them afford insurance in...

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