On September 13, Families USA was joined by twenty other national Medicaid stakeholder organizations in a comment letter to the administration on their proposal to rescind the Obama era regulation to ensure providers are paid sufficiently under Medicaid, the “Medicaid Access Monitoring Rule.”
Families USA submitted the attached comments on Utah's request to receive an enhanced 90-10 federal match for its partial expansion of Medicaid for adults up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) and to set a "per capita cap" that limits the amount of federal funding available to the state depending on the number of enrollees in the waiver.
This blog’s readers know that President Trump’s termination of federal cost-sharing-reduction (CSR) payments in late 2017 had unexpected effects. Intended as a deadly blow to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) health insurance exchanges, the step instead provided increased financial assistance to many low- and moderate-income families. This yielded coverage gains that offset losses triggered by other administration policies.
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.
Families USA submitted this comment letter in response to CMS's request for comment on Indiana's application for a new Section 1115 Medicaid waiver amending its existing waiver, Healthy Indiana Program (HIP).
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.
On Monday, August 12, the Trump administration finalized a cruel regulation that will force families to choose between being together or obtaining necessary services. The "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds" rule will jeopardize the ability of immigrants to enter the U.S. or become permanent residents if they are eligible for, or could become eligible for, essential health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare subsidies, along with other programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Across numerous medical fields, professionals agree that good oral health is critical to overall health, and an important component of treating or managing many diseases. The Clinical Consensus on Medically Necessary Dental Care compiles the professional, clinical perspectives of numerous medical organizations about the importance and relevance of oral and dental health to the management and treatment of diseases within their respective disciplines.