February 16, 2018

Snapshot of Health Policy in 2018 State Legislative Sessions

Melissa Burroughs

Oral Health Government Affairs Advocacy Manager

Many state legislatures are passing the midpoint for 2018 sessions, and trends are emerging in their efforts to tackle health care affordability and coverage. States are also reacting to federal activity around Medicaid and private market coverage including the repeal of the individual mandate. Below are some of the noteworthy state health legislative measures already moving this year.

December 5, 2017

Drug Testing in Medicaid Is Illegal and Hurts the People Who Need Help Most

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.

Advocacy Guide
November 2017

Health Policy and Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy can make a significant difference in ensuring that everyone has access to coverage, care, and improved health. You and your organization can play a vital role in educating public officials about issues important to health care consumers.

The goal of this toolkit is to help people new to advocacy. It will give you the knowledge and tactics you need to be an effective advocate.

November 7, 2017

Trump Administration Will Approve Work Requirements in Medicaid

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. 

October 25, 2017

What's in the Alexander-Murray Stabilization Package?

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.


September 8, 2017

Why the Section 1332 Waiver Process Must Protect Consumers

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.


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