Recently, the state of Wisconsin submitted an application to the federal government seeking Medicaid waiver authority to make drug testing a condition of eligibility for the state’s adult Medicaid program--BadgerCare. This request breaks dangerous new ground; drug testing has never been allowed as part of the application process in the Medicaid program. That’s because it is illegal, it will make it harder for everyone applying for Medicaid, and it will hurt rather than help those with substance use disorders.
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Today, in a speech to the National Association of Medicaid Directors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced that the Trump Administration is approving Medicaid waivers that impose work requirements on adults. These requirements are a deplorable break with decades of Medicaid policy, a threat to the one in five Americans who depend on the Medicaid program, and an abuse of the Medicaid waiver authority. This decision is wrong both on legal and policy grounds.
Last week, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray introduced new legislation that represents a constructive, bipartisan step toward strengthening health care. With 24 cosponsors so far, the bill is a bipartisan package of so-called “stabilization" measures to support the individual and small group health insurance marketplaces.
The various bills repealing the Affordable Care Act all took cracks at altering Section 1332, the part of the law that allows states to waive several private insurance provisions in order to establish state innovations.
States can make major changes to coverage under a 1332 waiver. As Congress mulls changes to the health law this fall, it is important that all proposals retain or strengthen protections to ensure that these changes actually benefit consumers.
On July 20, CBO scored the Senate’s third version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The third time is not a charm. This iteration of the Senate bill would still gut the core Medicaid program, end the Medicaid expansion, dramatically increase deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, and take away health insurance from 22 million people.
The next two weeks are critical. Senate leadership is seeking a vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and drastically cut Medicaid by the end of the month. Since the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in May, senators have been working behind the scenes on their version of the legislation, reported to be very similar to the unpopular House bill.
More than $18,000 to spend on Medicaid for each person in Alaska; Nevada gets just over $4,000. Does that sound fair? Well, that’s the funding formula in the GOP health care repeal plan. States that spend a lot on Medicaid now get a lot later. States that spend less get stuck with less. And the formula doesn’t change. Ever.
Senate Republicans are on course to fast-track the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to bring the Republican health care bill to a vote after the July 4 recess. Now is the time to put all hands on deck to stop this harmful bill!
Saturday marks the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
And it marks 100 days that consumers have been struggling to make sense of what will happen to the life-saving care they get through the Affordable Care Act.