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March 5, 2020

The Trump Administration’s new guidance inviting states to apply for federal waivers to convert their Medicaid programs for adults into block grants — with capped federal funding and...

March 4, 2020

Some 80,000 Michiganders are in danger of becoming uninsured beginning May 31 due to the state’s new policy of taking Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced last week.

These data show...

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February 28, 2020

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says that our analysis of how the Trump Administration’s “Healthy Adult Opportunity” Medicaid block grant proposal would affect pregnant women, low-income parents, and people with disabilities is incorrect, claiming...

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February 13, 2020

President Trump’s 2021 budget proposes about $500 billion in net Medicare spending reductions over ten years (see table), most of which would come from reducing payments to health care providers and not affect beneficiaries directly.

For the most part, the budget does not reflect the President’s efforts...

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February 11, 2020

For months, the Administration has promised that it has a plan for Americans’ health care if it wins its lawsuit seeking to...

In Focus: Trump 2021 Budget Proposes $1 Trillion in Cuts to Medicaid and the ACA
January 30, 2020

Public comments are due Saturday on a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would affect how states fund Medicaid. Were CMS to finalize the rule, it could prompt states to cut benefits and eligibility as well as provider payments, jeopardizing access to care for millions of...

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January 29, 2020

Tomorrow’s expected Medicaid guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will reportedly encourage states to seek federal waivers capping their federal funding for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion and weakening federal protections for the low-income adults it covers.

Here are four points to keep in mind in evaluating the guidance, along with...

In Focus: Medicaid Expansion Could Save as Many Lives as Seatbelts
January 29, 2020

In a move that will likely have deeply harmful effects, Wisconsin next week will become the first state to implement a policy to take Medicaid away from people in poverty who don’t pay premiums — and the latest to impose harmful barriers on health coverage for...

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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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