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May 16, 2019

The Senate still hasn’t approved emergency disaster relief legislation, keeping more than a million Americans who live in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories without much-needed health and food aid. While negotiations to finalize the Senate’s disaster bill reportedly are making progress, the Senate must...

Puerto Rico
May 10, 2019

Conservative critics of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion are noting strong enrollment in Virginia’s Medicaid expansion to revive a debunked claim that the expansion puts state budgets at risk. They claim that Virginia’s...

Healthcare provider and patient
May 9, 2019

The Trump Administration’s proposed rule that would effectively ban drug rebates in Medicare and Medicaid would raise — not reduce — spending on prescription drugs, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says in a new estimate. Drug...

Medical Supplies
May 8, 2019

The President and Congress more than doubled grant funding to address the opioid epidemic between 2017 and 2018 but, while opioid- and overall drug-related death rates didn’t continue rising dramatically as they had over several prior years, 2018 preliminary...

Pills and cash
May 7, 2019

Rather than send flowers, state policymakers should offer women a Mother’s Day gift with longer-lasting benefits: expanding Medicaid coverage and rejecting policies that take coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements. They should also reject attempts to weaken...

Parent and child
May 3, 2019

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has sent congressional leaders a proposal to address the Commonwealth’s Medicaid funding cliff (its impending shortfall that would threaten the health coverage of 1.5 million Puerto Rico residents this fall), stabilize its Medicaid program for the next five years, and improve the program.

Unlike the states, which receive open-ended federal funds for...

Capitol building of Puerto Rico
April 25, 2019

Montana’s state legislature has adopted legislation that would extend the state’s Medicaid expansion until 2025 but also impose new work-related restrictions and higher premiums on expansion enrollees — policies that will likely take Medicaid coverage away from thousands of Montanans, including some who are working or should qualify for exemptions. Montana enacted the Medicaid expansion under...

Person in waiting room reading pamphlet
April 9, 2019

Large numbers of people subject to a work requirement under Arkansas’ Medicaid program don’t know about or understand the requirement and complying with it is “hassle-filled,” says a new paper on work requirements based on behavioral science.

Work requirements can’t be “fixed,” as we’ve...

April 1, 2019

The disaster relief bill that the Senate’s expected to pass this week doesn’t include critical Medicaid funds that Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa need to continue providing health care to their residents. All three areas experienced widespread...

Insurance claim form and billing statement
March 29, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its initial approval today of Utah’s Medicaid waiver that expands coverage to some low-income adults but rejects a full expansion of Medicaid that would have covered tens of thousands more.

CMS gave Utah unprecedented authority to cap enrollment based solely on state funding decisions, and it also approved the state’s proposal...

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