Posts for Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion

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While the New England states are leaders in the nation in reducing the number of uninsured children, with coverage rates from 94 to 98 percent across the region, there is one area where New England is falling woefully behind. According to a new report fro

The Unhealthy Consequences of Congressional Dysfunction

After caving in to a rebellion from the tea-party wing of the House Republican caucus, Speaker Boehner has pulled the plug on a bipartisan agreement to do a two month extension on a number of expiring federal policies -- including a patch on the Medicare

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Buffer the Impact of the Recession on Children

In most respects, children have not been exempt from the impacts of the current economic downturn. The number of children living in poverty in the United States rose to 15.7 million in 2010—a 19 percent increase from 2008. Despite this bleak picture, a ne

Super Committee Failure: It Could Have Been Worse!

Late Monday, the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (aka the “Super Committee”) announced their failure to agree to a debt-reduction package. How should consumer health advocates react to the news? A Plague on Only One of Your

First Quarter: Supreme Court Ready to Tackle the ACA

The awaited day is here. The Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case against the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual responsibility requirement (and other related requests). For those immersed in football season, this is the Super Bowl of le

Basic Health Program: Putting the “Affordable” in the Affordable Care Act

Last week, Community Catalyst submitted comments to HHS about the Basic Health Program (BHP) option in the Affordable Care Act (ACA.) While there are many reasons to be enthusiastic about BHP, its potential to dramatically lower health care costs for some

Medicaid and State Budgets: Same As It Ever Was?

Kaiser Family Foundation released a report last week, detailing results from a 50-state survey of Medicaid budgets. Kaiser’s results tell a classic story known as The Life and Times of a Countercyclical Program. Those of us who work in Medicaid policy hav

The Insider: News Round Up

File Under: “…and don’t let the door hit you on the way out” Recently, two Florida insurers announced their intention to quit the non-group health insurance market in that state. The state of Florida is trying to use the exit to bolster its case for a wai

We Can Have Our Deficit Reduction and Keep Our Health Security Too

Yesterday, President Obama released a plan to reduce the deficit by more than $3 trillion over the next decade. It’s certainly not perfect, but his plan achieves these savings while largely protecting health security for the low-income families that rely
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