January 13, 2016

Louisiana to Expand Medicaid: Outlook for the States in 2016

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships

Legislative sessions during an election year are historically shorter, more budget-oriented and less controversial than other years. But as the Obama administration enters its final year, the Affordable Care Act and the tools it provides for increasing health coverage are on the agenda as state lawmakers return to the capitol this month.

December 2, 2015

Kentucky Shouldn't Turn Its Back on Affordable Care Act Success

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships

In horse racing, it is not a good idea to change jockeys when you have a winner. That is why Governor–elect Matt Bevin should not rush into a decision on Kentucky’s winning approach to health coverage. It is not just the economic case that the new governor should consider. Bevin must grapple with the impact an upheaval in the health care system would have on the state’s low-income workers and their families.

November 24, 2015

Health Policy on the Hill: What Congress Is Doing on Health Care for the Rest of 2015

Jane Sheehan

Senior Federal Relations Manager

Last month, Congress and President Obama worked out a budget deal that provides relief from the sequester caps, raises the debt ceiling, and prevents a steep scheduled rise in Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles. Despite this welcome show of bipartisanship, the remainder of this legislative session will likely include continued attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and funding for Planned Parenthood.

November 10, 2015

States Can Give Back to Veterans by Expanding Medicaid

Andrea Callow

Associate Director of Medicaid Initiatives

Nygel Williams

Villers Fellow

On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the servicemen and women who have sacrificed for our nation. But lawmakers in the 20 states that have refused to expand Medicaid are missing an important opportunity to give back to veterans, nearly 1 in 10 of whom lack health insurance. By expanding Medicaid, these states can help uninsured veterans and their families.

November 3, 2015

As More States Expand Medicaid with Waivers, a New Tool Aids Advocates

Andrea Callow

Associate Director of Medicaid Initiatives

A majority of states are taking advantage of federal funds and expanding their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Several states have done so using Section 1115 waivers to modify aspects of their Medicaid program, like benefits, premiums, and cost-sharing. Our new Medicaid Expansion Waiver Center outlines what’s in state expansion waivers and gives state advocates resources for challenging potential harmful proposals.

October 29, 2015

Historic Drop in Rate of Uninsured Children Linked to the Affordable Care Act

Shannon Attanasio

Senior Director of Government Affairs

Great news out of Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families about how the Affordable Care Act is affecting health insurance for children. Based on analysis of data from 50 states, they found that the rate of children without health insurance has plummeted to a new record low.

As their Executive Director Joan Alker explained in her blog, the new report attributes this historic drop in the rate of uninsured children in large part to the ACA, “which for kids was building on more than a decade of success by Medicaid and CHIP working together.”


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