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Remarkable Gains in Health Insurance Affordability are Within Reach in New Mexico

On Monday, February 17, 2020, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed, by an overwhelming 41 to 25 margin, legislation that would claim expiring federal revenue and use it to significantly lowe...

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Medicaid Block Grants: A Mechanism for Devastating Cuts for States and Families

Medicaid Block Grants: A Mechanism for Devastating Cuts for States and Families  After months of speculation, the Trump administration released its guidance on Medicaid block grants on January 30....

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Nebraska’s Reporting Requirements: An Unnecessary Burden on Patients and Providers

Despite a spate of court challenges blocking states’ efforts to add work and other reporting requirements to their Medicaid programs, a few states, including Nebraska, are continuing to propose new ...

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Biographies for Health Action 2020 Health Advocate of the Year Awards

Robyn Merrill, Executive Director of Maine Equal Justice. A 2008 graduate of the University of Maine School of law, Merrill also has a master's degree in social work from the University of New Engl...

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Utah’s Work Reporting Requirement: A Burden on State Government

On January 1, 2020, Utah’s Medicaid work reporting requirement went into effect. In addition to being onerous for patients and providers and legally dubious, the work reporting requirement will be c...

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Every week, 3,700 children lose their health insurance. It’s time for Congress to act

NOTE: This blog was originally published in Medium on November 5, 2019. Once upon a time, our nation’s leaders worked together across party lines to help America’s children grow up healthy and ...

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The Lower Drug Costs Now Act: Landmark Legislation Made Even Stronger Since Its Introduction

Consumers Need Relief from Big Pharma’s High Prices The United States is facing a crisis in prescription drug prices. High drug prices are forcing families and consumers to make impossible choices ...

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Medicaid Policy And Partisan Politics: A New Dynamic

NOTE: This blog was originally published in Health Affairs on October 15, 2019.  On September 18, 2019, Tennessee announced a long-anticipated proposal to block grant its Medicaid program, TennC...

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Uptick in Hospital Mergers: A Doubled-Edged Sword for Consumers

Earlier this month, a federal district court judge in Idaho examined whether a merger between a large hospital system, St. Luke’s, and the state’s largest independent network of doctors would crea...

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Alleviating Poverty Doesn’t Come from Slashing Medicaid

Having Medicaid is better than being uninsured—a lot better. But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s recently released report, War on Poverty: 50 Years Late, claims otherwise. The repo...

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