Fact Sheet
March 2018

What CMS Did and Didn’t Approve in Arkansas’ Waiver—Both Tell Us A Lot

On March 5, 2018, CMS approved Arkansas’ request to add a work requirement to its Medicaid program.  Equally important, it did not approve the state’s request to roll back Medicaid eligibility to a partial Medicaid expansion. Both tell us a lot about what’s behind CMS’s approach to Medicaid waivers, and what states can expect to have, and not have, approved. View factsheet here.

 

Fact Sheet
March 2018

Seven Reasons the Trump Administration's Short-Term Health Plans Are Harmful to Families

The Trump Administration wants to turn back the clock on protections for health care consumers established by the Affordable Care Act. This latest act of sabotage on the health law came in the form of a proposed rule released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The proposed rule would make it legal to sell “short-term insurance” plans for long periods of time that do not comply with the ACA’s consumer protections.

Fact Sheet
February 2018

Health Insurance Down Payments: The Maryland Plan

To protect their residents, some states are considering using their own income tax systems to replace the federal government’s enforcement of the individual mandate. But another approach under consideration in Maryland would both prevent the harm forecast by CBO while taking new steps to insure families who would otherwise remain without coverage.

Not only would Maryland’s approach increase coverage, newly insured young and healthy residents would improve the overall risk pool, stabilizing markets and lowering premiums for numerous insured residents who buy individual coverage. 

Fact Sheet
February 2018

Idaho Insurance Plans Violate Health Care Law and Require Federal Action

Idaho state officials sought to create “state-based plans” for health insurance that would set a precedent for individual market insurance plans that could deny coverage for preexisting conditions. The Idaho health insurance guidelines would put older and sicker residents at a disadvantage. 

Fact Sheet
January 2018

America’s Seniors Need Medicare Oral Health Coverage

Nearly 60 million seniors and disabled persons rely on the Medicare program – and only about one-third of them have any coverage for oral health care. The Medicare statute currently excludes coverage for almost all oral health care. As a result, people with Medicare coverage suffer the physical and financial consequences of untreated dental problems.

Fact Sheet
November 2017

How the Tax Bill Will Force States to Cut Medicaid

One of the most destructive ways the tax bill attacks health care has gotten the least attention.

In addition to kicking people off coverage by repealing the individual mandate and setting the stage for huge funding cuts down the road because of the ballooning deficit, the tax bill will sap states’ ability to fund vital health care programs.

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