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January 16, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved a waiver that will let Kentucky make harmful changes to its Medicaid program for adults, including imposing a work requirement, as we explain in a new paper. The state doesn’t need a waiver to help low-income Kentuckians improve...

Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Helping Low-Income People in Kentucky
January 12, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, family income support, housing, food assistance, and the economy.

On health, Hannah Katch warned that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ decision to let states impose work requirements in Medicaid would harm the...

Most Adults With Medicaid Work - And Those Who Don't Mainly Are Ill or Disabled, Caring for Family, or Going to School
January 12, 2018

SNAP (formerly food stamps) helped millions put food on the table in the months after the fall hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show. Some 3.6 million people received temporary disaster SNAP benefits in October alone. That’s a reminder of how many...

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January 11, 2018

Washington State is about to implement its Medicaid waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand services that help beneficiaries with significant physical or behavioral health conditions gain access to housing and employment. That waiver is a positive step forward because it will support work by giving Medicaid beneficiaries more tools to secure...

Nurse and Patient
January 11, 2018

CMS’ new guidance doesn’t provide a convincing rationale for the policy reversal, which could threaten Medicaid coverage for many adults and actually make it harder for some adults to succeed in the labor market due to their loss of health coverage.

In Focus: Most Adults With Medicaid Work - And Those Who Don't Mainly Are Ill or Disabled, Caring for Family, or Going to School
January 10, 2018

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to announce this week that states may block some low-income adults from getting Medicaid coverage if they’re not working or participating in work-related activities. But evidence from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program — which policymakers are touting as a model for work requirements in other programs,...

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January 8, 2018

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion has produced not only historic health coverage gains but other far-reaching positive effects as well, a large and growing body of research...

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January 5, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on health and the economy.

On health, Sarah Lueck explained how the Trump Administration’s proposed new rule on association health plans (AHPs) could devastate small-group insurance markets.  On the...
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January 5, 2018

The Trump Administration’s proposed new rule to dramatically broaden enrollment in association health plans (AHPs) would likely have a devastating effect on small-group insurance markets, raising premiums for small businesses with older or sicker workers and reducing coverage and consumer protections for people in AHPs. It would likely hurt the individual insurance market as well.

If...

Health Insurance Application
December 22, 2017

This week at CBPP, we focused on federal taxes, the federal budget, and health care.

On federal taxes, Robert Greenstein warned that Republican leaders, having passed a tax bill that provides a bounty to those at the top, may next

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