July 28, 2016

Community Health Workers and More: July Health Equity Update

For those of us engaged in the daily work of bending the arc of history toward justice, the last few weeks have pierced us to our core.  

As health equity advocates, the very heart of our vocation is a shared belief that every single human being has the right to live a healthy life—a right that must be supported with resources and concrete action.  

July 1, 2016

Missouri’s Medicaid Waiver Spends More to Provide Less

Missouri’s 1115 waiver program, named the Missouri Mental Health Crisis Prevention Program, was recently submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is awaiting approval. The goal of Missouri’s waiver is admirable. Unfortunately, this special population waiver program spends more to provide less coverage for fewer people.

June 28, 2016

Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion Takes Off

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships

Beginning July 1, Louisiana will provide health coverage to more than 225,900 low-income adults after only one month of enrolling people in the state’s new Healthy Louisiana program. It is a remarkable success for the first state in the Deep South to embrace Medicaid expansion.

June 24, 2016

Proposed Kentucky Medicaid Changes Likely to Harm Enrollees

Melissa Burroughs

Oral Health Campaign Manager

Since he was elected in November, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has been threatening to recast a successful health care program to fit his political ideology. This week his administration released their proposal for a section 1115 waiver to make changes to its Medicaid expansion program. Many of the proposed changes are likely to harm the hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians who have coverage under the program.

Short Analysis
April 2016

Charging Medicaid Premiums Hurts Patients and State Budgets

This is the first in a series of analyses that examines the impact of efforts by conservative states to use Section 1115 waivers to modify their Medicaid expansions. Our analysis uses data these states report to CMS. First up: How charging Medicaid patients premiums hurts their care and state budgets.

April 14, 2016

Medicaid Expansion Drives Improvements in Oregon’s Health Care System

By now the benefits of Medicaid expansion are well known. In addition to providing health coverage to millions of Americans, it has helped create new health care jobs, decrease hospitals’ spending on uncompensated care, and generate budget savings for states. But another benefit is often overlooked: Medicaid expansion can help improve the quality of health care and reduce costs throughout a state’s entire health care system, not just in Medicaid.

March 17, 2016

With Deep Medicaid Cuts, GOP Budget Guts Access to Health Care

Jane Sheehan

Senior Government Affairs Manager

Early this week, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) released the Republican budget, “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America.” But the name is a marketing ploy. A close look at the plan reveals that, on the contrary, it would weaken millions of American families by taking away access to affordable health coverage.

The House Republican budget plan includes disastrous health care cuts and program restructuring that would mean significant health insecurity for children, working families, seniors, and people with disabilities.


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