Posts for Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion

New Tool to Improve Behavioral Health in Medicaid and CHIP

Finally we have the tools we need to ensure Medicaid appropriately serves behavioral health consumers.

The Takeaway: Cruz Issues An ACA Replacement Plan (April Fool)

Actually, he has done no such thing. His willingness to bring the federal government to a grinding halt in order to grandstand on the issue earned him a lot of notoriety. But when it comes to “replace,” the candidate remains vague at best.

Behavioral/Physical Health Integration: Twin Cities Flashback

This week’s release by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) of its Report to Congress highlighted the critical importance of Medicaid in the lives of so many low-income Americans. While the report focuses on Medicaid payments to...

The Takeaway: Final Obama Era Insurance Rule Makes Incremental Progress But Leaves Many Issues Unresolved

Every year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues an update to the rules governing insurance companies and marketplaces. While there were many small adjustments the final update released Monday, the last under President Obama, can most fairly...

Report: Proof that a Strong State Advocacy Infrastructure Influences Coverage Gap Decisions

A recent article published by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) affirms what is at the core of Community Catalyst’s mission: a strong, organized consumer health advocacy movement is critical to moving states to extend health coverage to low-income...

Medicaid is Growing Up. It’s Time to Go to School.

Thanks to a clarification by CMS regarding the “free care” rule a little over a year ago, schools can be reimbursed for services provided to Medicaid-eligible students. This was a subject of a conference call and toolkit released earlier this...

The Takeaway - Flint: How Did This Happen And What Does It Mean?

Flint: How Did This Happen And What Does It Mean? In my opinion, the biggest health care story of the week is the continued fallout from the lead contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan. The Flint crisis underscores...

The List of Benefits of Closing the Gap for Families and States Keeps Growing

Here’s another one to add to the growing list of benefits of closing the coverage gap. A recent study in Health Affairs confirms that closing the coverage gap improves access to and affordability of care for low-income adults. Compared to...

New Report Highlights Progress, Room for Improvement in Health Coverage Gains for Hispanic Children

Last Friday, the Georgetown Center for Children and the National Council of La Raza co-released a report detailing recent gains in health coverage for Hispanic children. Among the key findings in the report is that the uninsured rate among Hispanic children dropped...