Tag Archives: Medicaid expansion

Census Bureau Finds Health Coverage Stabilization; Oregon 1332 Waiver Open For Comment

On September 12, the Census Bureau released its report on health coverage in the US for 2016. After a sharp drop in the number of the uninsured following full implementation of the ACA, coverage has stabilized. Also, CMS has opened Oregon’s 1332 reinsurance program waiver application for comment.

September 13, 2017

Did Medicaid Expansion Cause The Opioid Epidemic? There’s Little Evidence That It Did.

While public policy may have played a role in our current prescription abuse crisis, there is little evidence to support the idea that Medicaid caused or worsened the epidemic.

August 23, 2017

The Basis For Compromise On Medicaid Reform And Expansion

A compromise plan would combine a middle-ground expansion of the program with financing reforms that lower costs over the longer term without imposing undue risks to beneficiaries or the states.

June 15, 2017

On AHCA, CMS Actuary Finds Smaller Coverage Losses, Smaller Spending Reductions Than CBO

The June 13 CMS Actuary’s Report on the AHCA addresses different questions than the CBO reports on the legislation. Where it measures more or less the same thing it offers different numbers. This post examines that report and notes other developments related to the health reform discussion.

June 14, 2017

Can States Survive The Per Capita Medicaid Caps In The AHCA?

From a state perspective, Medicaid is a very lean program, and the challenge of responding to the proposed reductions in the federal Medicaid funds may be daunting.

May 17, 2017

Medicaid: What Happens Now?

Medicaid reform demands a deliberative process, one that operates in regular order and carefully considers a wide range of options for controlling costs in the nation’s single largest source of health insurance.

May 17, 2017

Solving Homelessness: The Need For Innovative Solutions And The Role Of Health Care

Tales of how people became homeless and what their lives have been like since they have become homeless are often disheartening and complex. With agencies facing proposed budget cuts, the health care system’s role in ending homelessness may become increasingly important.

May 15, 2017

Interrogating The Dream: What Does Single Payer Really Mean?

If a single-payer solution is to be argued as anything but a pipe dream, advocates must map out a clear and realistic path forward. This includes addressing a number of factors that single-payer dreamers have long been loath to acknowledge.

May 2, 2017

Republicans Should Take The Time Necessary To Improve The American Health Care Act

The ACA repeal and replace plan, dubbed the American Health Care Act, has the major components needed for effective health reform. However, the plan falls short on several crucial details, details that can and should be changed before the bill clears Congress and goes to the president to become law.

March 10, 2017

Myths About The Medicaid Expansion And The ‘Able-Bodied’

A conservative critique of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility is that it may discourage “able-bodied” individuals from working. This false understanding of Medicaid recipients and their health insurance options has already influenced policymaking at the state level.

March 6, 2017