Medicaid Waivers Should Backstop The Exchanges

Temporary Medicaid buy-in would be a useful tool for state regulators to improve the quality of plans offered in counties that otherwise would have been bare.

September 14, 2017

New Graham-Cassidy Bill: A Last GOP Shot At ACA Repeal And Replace Through Reconciliation

The fundamental idea of a new ACA repeal and replace bill by Senators Graham and Cassidy and colleagues is to terminate the ACA’s Medicaid expansions, premium tax credits, cost-sharing reduction payments, and Basic Health Program and redistribute the money funding those programs to the states.

September 13, 2017

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

Can States Substantially Reduce Medicaid Spending Through Delivery System and Financing Reform?

Without being able to depend on delivery system reform, states will be left with reductions in eligibility, covered services, and provider reimbursement to stay within their federal Medicaid allocation.

September 7, 2017

Why Medicaid Is The Platform Best Suited For Addressing Both Health Care And Social Needs

Medicaid could provide a common entry point that links individuals and families not just to health care services, but also to social services that affect their health.

September 7, 2017

Forgotten Heroes: Remembering Dr. Alvin Blount, Who Helped Integrate America’s Hospitals

In 1963, Dr. Alvin Blount and 10 other plaintiffs successfully sued the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, challenging the use of federal funds to support a segregated hospital.

September 1, 2017

Medicaid Coverage For Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Addressing The Institution For Mental Disease Exclusion Policy

Treatment systems and planners must enhance access to both residential and outpatient treatment services, provide linkages to evidence-based medications, and address substance use disorders as chronic conditions requiring long-term support and treatment in primary care settings.

August 31, 2017

What Medicaid Recipients And Other Low-Income Adults Think About Medicaid Work Requirements

Instead of Kentucky HEALTH’s focus, which one participant said, “is not going to fix the problems that exist,” participants wanted a bridge between Medicaid and employer-sponsored coverage.

August 30, 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

Three Ways President Trump Can Make Good On His Promise To Bring Down Drug Prices

The public has a right to expect that Trump will use that business prowess and the federal government’s leverage as the world’s largest purchaser of prescription drugs to stop the pharmaceutical industry from “getting away with murder” on drug prices.

August 9, 2017