State lawmakers kept returning to the topic of 1332 waivers during the annual Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Seattle last week. No fewer than four of the NCSL Health and Human Services sessions touched on the state innovation waiver options that will become available in 2017. But while the 1332 waivers were a hot topic, it does not appear legislators are looking to embrace big changes anytime soon.
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The next big debate over the Affordable Care Act is looming. States are already planning for changes they'd like to make to the ACA using the new 1332 state innovation waivers. Beginning in 2017, the ACA permits states to apply for waivers to begin experimenting with strategies to provide residents with access to high-quality, affordable health insurance. But whether these new strategies will be helpful or harmful is still anyone’s guess.
Summer’s a perfect time to catch up on your reading. Here to bring you up to date are five of our most popular blogs published so far in 2015. Learn about the evidence piling up showing the economic benefits of Medicaid expansion, the concerning trend in wellness programs to penalize employees, and ideas for lowring high out-of-pocket health insurance costs.
July 30 marks 50 years since President Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 into law. Along with Medicare, the law created Medicaid, the joint state and federal health insurance program for low-income people. In the past 50 years, Medicaid has not only helped countless Americans get the health care they need, it has also served as a reliable source of financial support for states.
On May 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a major overhaul of the regulations governing Medicaid managed care plans, the first in a decade. Families USA has spent the summer combing through the proposed regulations, and recently submitted our comments.
Although Republicans in Congress missed their self-imposed July 24 budget reconciliation deadline where they hoped to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that doesn’t mean the drama is over. After the August recess, Republicans may still use reconciliation to attempt to dismantle the ACA, cut Medicaid, and other health care programs that serve low-income Americans.
Evidence shows that people with Medicaid have access to a regular source of care, are satisfied with that care, and experience other benefits from enrolling in the program, like greater financial security.
For seniors and people with disabilities, Medicaid is a vital health insurance program. It also fills in gaps in Medicare coverage and helps make Medicare more affordable. Without Medicaid, many individuals and families would not be able to afford needed health care, long-term care, or home-based care.
With last month’s Supreme Court ruling affirming that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay, advocates and decisionmakers can turn to building on the law’s success, such as closing the Medicaid gap, improving the value of care, and eliminating the “family glitch.” Another top priority in this next phase of health reform is making good on the promise of health care for all, regardless of immigration status. Last month, California, the state with the most undocumented immigrants, took a momentous leap in that direction.