Posts for Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion

Something to Celebrate: Three Big Birthdays, One Short Week

Three programs vital to the health care security to millions of Americans celebrated birthdays last week. Medicaid and Medicare turned 47, and their “little sibling,” the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), also marked 15 years of ensuring low-income

Basic Health Program: This Wallflower is About to Bloom

The Basic Health Program isn’t the most flashy or popular provision in the Affordable Care Act. But anyone who’s watched a classic – or even a less-than-classic - teen romantic comedy knows that the shy, somewhat awkward wallflowers often have tremendous

Medicaid Makes States an Offer That Is Too Good To Refuse

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Medicaid expansion (the planned increase in the number of low-income adults who are able to receive Medicaid coverage in 2014) is constitutional. The plaintiffs will a

Hand Over the Megaphone: New CMS Regulations Strengthen the Consumer Voice

In the obscure pages of the Federal Register, consumers recently won an important victory -- a victory whose implications for Medicaid beneficiaries are anything but obscure. Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a fin

Confronting Our Dirty Little Secret

After a decade of reports and tragedy a lot of progress must be made to improve our oral health A decade ago, the Surgeon General released a report on oral health that described unmet oral health needs as a “silent epidemic”. Five years ago, a 12 year old

Guest Blog: Home Care Workers Need Your Support

On December 15, 2011, President Obama announced that the Department of Labor planned to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to guarantee minimum wage and overtime protections for 2.5 million home care workers. Since 1974, when Congress amended the F

The New Boom in Managed Care: Long-term Services and Supports

A new report from AARP captures the changes coming for people who depend on Medicaid for services that help them live with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The number of states that actively manage long-term services and supports in Medicaid will nearl

A Principled Approach to Better Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Efforts to improve care for seniors and people with disabilities across the country are speeding forward as states take advantage of funding and flexibility offered by the federal government. These initiatives to serve people eligible for both Medicaid an

States of Innovation 3

Paying Pharmacies Honest Prices for Prescription Drugs As policymakers across the country look to balance their budgets, some are turning to Medicaid, recycling the same harmful policies they’ve used year-after-year: eliminating coverage for vulnerable A
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