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November 29, 2018

With about two weeks left before the December 15 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans through health insurance marketplaces, people who need health coverage for 2019 should focus on them — and not the short-term plans that new federal rules aim to establish as an alternative. Unlike marketplace plans, short-term plans don’t offer...

Doctor Administering Shot to Patient
November 21, 2018

The Trump Administration has re-approved Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver after a federal district court struck down an almost identical earlier version, but the Administration still didn’t show how a waiver that would take coverage away from beneficiaries who...

Doctor Administering Shot to Patient
November 20, 2018

With open enrollment in full swing for 2019 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remind eligible friends and family to enroll. Here are five things to tell your loved ones about marketplace health plans.

Marketplace plans provide comprehensive benefits, including no-cost preventive care. All plans must...
Health form and pencil
November 16, 2018

Some 3,815 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries lost coverage on November 1 for not reporting at least 80 hours of work or work-related activities for three months, the state reports. That brings to 12,277 the number of beneficiaries who have lost coverage since the state...

Very Few Arkansas Medicaid Beneficiaries Met Reporting Requirement in October
November 15, 2018

The Trump Administration’s proposal to radically change immigration rules relating to “public charge” determinations has understandably stoked fears about how applying for public benefit programs could affect peoples’ current or future immigration status. But...

Open Enrollment
November 7, 2018

Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah voters approved ballot initiatives yesterday to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion that, when implemented, will provide Medicaid coverage to an estimated 363,000 more people.

In Focus: 363,000 People Expected to Gain Medicaid Coverage in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah
November 1, 2018

Starting today, people can sign up for 2019 health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces in most states. Despite Trump Administration actions that have raised premiums and threaten to depress enrollment, the marketplaces have proven resilient,...

Health Marketplace on an iPad
November 1, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Wisconsin’s Medicaid waiver proposal, which will significantly restrict Medicaid coverage for low-income adults in a number of significant ways.

For starters, Wisconsin is the first state allowed to take coverage away from people with incomes below the poverty line if they don’t pay $8 monthly premiums. Those with incomes...

Doctor Shots
October 30, 2018

Private Medicare Advantage (MA) insurers have long received overpayments from Medicare due to their “upcoding,” which makes MA enrollees appear less healthy than they are — and a recent court decision could worsen the problem. As policymakers look to strengthen Medicare, eliminating upcoding should be high on their...

October 19, 2018

SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid give many Americans, including many low-wage workers, access to nutritious food and health coverage. Despite their important roles, recent federal and state proposals and policies would take SNAP and...

Grocery Shopping