With Medicaid about to be a focal point of debate in the Senate, Drew Altman’s Axios column looks at why the idea that the program is broken is more urban legend than fact.
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The Medicaid program covers 1 in 5 Americans, including many with complex and costly health and long-term care needs. Most Medicaid beneficiaries would be uninsured or underinsured without it. President Trump and other GOP leaders have called for major changes to Medicaid, including caps on federal funding. In the debate, some Medicaid critics have made statements that are at odds with data, research, and basic information about Medicaid. This brief highlights 10 facts about Medicaid to inform policy that may have significant implications for the program.
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This video provides an overview of the people covered by Medicaid and how Medicaid funds are distributed across enrollment groups and on a per enrollee basis. The video also highlights the implications of reducing federal Medicaid funds through a block grant or per capita cap.
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Medicaid Waiver Requests in Wisconsin and Maine Seek to Impose Work Requirements and Time Limits for Beneficiaries
A new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights proposed changes to Medicaid programs in Wisconsin and Maine that include work requirements and time limits in both states, as well as drug screenings for some beneficiaries in Wisconsin. The waiver authority sought by both states would impose welfare-like restrictions…
While Congress continues to consider repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as fundamental changes to the structure and funding of the Medicaid program, states and the Administration may achieve major changes to Medicaid through the use of Section 1115 Medicaid waivers. In April, 2017, Maine and Wisconsin released for public comment at the state level proposed waivers that include many of these provisions. Unlike previous waivers that encompass the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, Wisconsin and Maine are seeking waiver authority to make significant changes to Medicaid that would affect non-expansion Medicaid populations.
This brief explores the potential implications of different ACA repeal scenarios and related administrative actions on people with HIV.
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other? Includes the American Health Care Act (introduced by the House Republican leadership on March 6, 2017) as well as other proposals from key members of Congress.
Brief Examines Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending for Seniors and People with Disabilities, Which Varies Greatly By State
Medicaid coverage of acute and long-term care for more than 6 million low-income seniors and 10 million nonelderly people with disabilities accounts for nearly two-thirds of overall Medicaid spending, although such enrollees represent less than a quarter of people on Medicaid. Much of Medicaid’s spending on seniors and people with…
This issue brief explains the variation in Medicaid spending per enrollee for seniors, nonelderly adults with disabilities, and children with disabilities compared to other populations as well as the variation in per enrollee spending for these populations among states. It also provides a snapshot of state choices about optional eligibility pathways and services important to many seniors and people with disabilities.
This infographic provides information and statistics about individuals with HIV and Medicaid’s role in covering HIV services.
This report provides Medicaid highlights from governors’ proposed budgets for state fiscal year (FY) 2018, which runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 in most states. Proposed budgets reflect the priorities of the governor and are often blueprints for the legislature to consider.
Under the Trump Administration, some Republican governors may look to move their Medicaid programs in a more conservative direction. In his latest column for Axios, Drew Altman discusses the arguments about Medicaid “work requirements” and why few people are likely to be affected by them in practice.