In 2018, Utah voters passed a ballot initiative to fully expand Medicaid. However, the Utah legislature overrode the initiative in 2019. The legislation limited Medicaid expansion as envisioned by the voters, but did provide a path to full expansion if a series of state proposals fail to receive CMS approval. In April 2019, “partially expanded” Medicaid based on the state legislature’s claim that the measure would save Utah money. However, this short analysis highlights that every month that Utah does not fully expand Medicaid, it costs the state $6.6 million.
Kansas Workers and Industries Stand to Benefit from Medicaid Expansion: Top Occupations of Kansans Who Would Receive Coverage Through Medicaid Expansion
Kansas is one of 13 states that have not expanded Medicaid. Over 150,000 nonelderly, low-income Kansans could benefit if the state expanded Medicaid coverage, most of whom are working adults in industries that are the foundation of the state’s economy. Families USA has published an analysis of the most common occupations of working adults who would benefit if Kansas expanded Medicaid.
Final “Public Charge” Rule Discriminates against Lawfully Present Immigrants and Visa Applicants, Harming Health
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a final rule, scheduled to go into effect October 15, 2019, that takes direct aim at middle- and lower-income immigrants who are lawfully residing in the United States, or who seek visas to come to the U.S. Under the new rule, DHS will determine whether, given the “totality of circumstances,” people are “more likely than not” to receive certain public benefits over the course of their lifetime; if DHS finds that they are likely to receive those benefits, they may be denied lawful permanent residency or visas.
This brief summarizes 2019 state legislative activity on surprise medical bills.
This summary outlines significant policies that advanced in 2019 addressing prescription drug prices in states all over the country. Advocates and lawmakers can gain a sense of what has been made possible this legislative session, and gain insight into what could come next to tackle high drug prices.
Health and Health Care in 2019 Legislative Sessions: States Step Up on Public Options, Coverage, Drug Pricing, and More
Oral Health Coverage in the 2019 State Legislatures: Victories, Budget Cuts, and Opportunities for Future Progress
Comprehensive oral health coverage allows us all to have better oral health, better overall health, and improved quality of life. Yet oral health coverage and care remain out of reach for millions of people in America — particularly adults who rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health coverage. Many states, however, are realizing and elevating the importance of oral health as they improve dental coverage for adult Medicaid participants.
If the Texas vs. United States lawsuit overturns the Affordable Care Act, the veterans who become completely uninsured as a result will outnumber the entire U.S. Army and Marine Corps combined.
On July 9, 2019, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear oral arguments in the case Texas v. United States. This case threatens access to health care and financial security for millions of Americans. In December 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor issued a dangerous ruling that would strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA), including provisions that:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a new rule to severely weaken the Affordable Care Act’s prohibitions against discrimination in health care, and to erase references to protections against discrimination by health care programs on the basis of gender identity or sex stereotype in regulations. These protections are provided under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and its regulations.