Immediately after the 2010 elections, with an eye towards a possible run for president, Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested that his state should consider dropping the Medicaid program. While this suggestion may endear him to conservative activists in his party, implementing this idea would cause huge problems for Texas and its many citizens who rely on Medicaid for their health lifeline. The same would be true in any other state that dropped the program.
Examines what states are doing to make sure that all children (including those with pre-existing conditions) can get affordable health insurance.
Explains why the Affordable Care Act's historic Medicaid expansion is instrumental to health reform and all of the benefits it will offer to low-income Americans.
Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $51 million in resources for states to begin building their health insurance exchanges. Each state will have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $1 million that would go toward the research and planning that will be needed to establish these new and dynamic insurance marketplaces. In addition, HHS has also requested public input as they develop standards for the exchanges.
Find out how the 2009 reauthorization of CHIP will help children across the country and strengthen the country's health care system.
Everyone is feeling the pinch of the recession, but none more so than the states facing severe budget deficits. Many states are heading into the fiscal year, which started July 1, with strained budgets:
When it comes to implementing health reform, it turns out the old saying “the early bird gets the worm” sums it up pretty well.
This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new state-by-state analysis showing that the federal government will assume all but a very small percentage of the cost to expand Medicaid, dramatically reducing the number of uninsured Americans at a bare minimal cost to the states.
Highlights the limitations in states' abilities to keep health insurance premium increases in check and explains how health reform will give states more authority to do so.