Medicaid Expansion Reduced Unpaid Medical Debt And Increased Financial Satisfaction

Evidence that Medicaid expansion increased financial satisfaction is important not only for federal lawmakers debating whether to repeal the ACA, but also for state policymakers in non-expansion states who, if the ACA is retained, will have to decide whether to change course and expand Medicaid.

July 24, 2017

Is Medicaid The New ‘Third Rail?’ History Suggests It Has Been For Some Time

The difficulties Republicans are encountering in reforming Medicaid are eerily similar to those faced by the nation’s 40th President. Instead of providing a roadmap to victory, the story of Reagan’s efforts is a cautionary tale.

July 20, 2017

Eliminating The Medicaid Expansion May Cause More Damage Than Congress Realizes

If Congress eventually revives its plan to phase out the Medicaid expansion, many marketplace enrollees with preexisting conditions will find their protections eroded and coverage rendered worthless.

July 20, 2017

At It Again: Texas Continues To Undercut Access To Reproductive Health Care

Texas and the Trump administration could set dangerous new precedents that could undermine family planning care in Medicaid programs nationwide.

July 18, 2017

Are Section 1115 Waivers A Panacea For Draconian Medicaid Funding Reductions?

Section 1115 is not a license to the HHS Secretary to rewrite the Medicaid statute to fit a dramatically altered federal funding environment.

July 17, 2017

Medicaid And The Latest Version Of The BCRA: Massive Federal Funding Losses Remain

Where Medicaid is concerned, the most notable thing about the latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act is that despite the drama of the past two weeks, the new iteration leaves untouched the problematic fundamental Medicaid contours of the earlier version.

July 14, 2017

Senate GOP Leadership Unveils Latest Version Of Health Reform Legislation

On July 13, 2017, Senate GOP leaders released an amended version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would allow insurers to offer bare-bones plans. This post addresses the private insurance sections of the amendment. A subsequent post by Sara Rosenbaum will discuss Medicaid changes.

July 13, 2017

In Senate Health Care Bill, A Few Hidden Surprises

With legislation that governs one-sixth of the US economy and that directly affects the health and economic security of millions of constituents, Senators are being asked to vote largely in the dark.

July 13, 2017

The Messenger Also Matters: Value-Based Payment Can Support Outreach To Vulnerable Populations

A Brooklyn-based project of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health trains barbers and hairstylists to help formerly incarcerated men learn to recognize and act upon their own health risk factors. Value-based payment offers an opportunity to support programs such as this.

July 10, 2017

Medicaid Under Block Grants: Lessons From Welfare Reform

The case of welfare reform illustrates a possible scenario under Medicaid block grants: both federal and state spending drop off, with state spending diverted to other uses.

July 7, 2017