Tag Archives: Medicaid

More than 6 in 10 American children were enrolled in CHIP or Medicaid in 2017

In 38 states and D.C., more than half of children were enrolled in either program at some point in 2016. Data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday reveals the scale of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollment in the United States. In 2017, 46.3 million children in the United States were enrolled […]
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CMS releases guidance to states on using Medicaid to address opioid crisis

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday released guidance aimed at helping states leverage Medicaid to combat the opioid epidemic. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday released guidance aimed at helping states leverage Medicaid to combat the opioid epidemic. Specifically, the guidance focused on information related to covering […]
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How Oregon health leaders plan to fill a looming $830M Medicaid deficit

Oregon health leaders consider several ideas to fill gap, including a broad-based tax on medical claims and cost cutting for coordinated care organizations. Faced with a $917 million deficit for the Oregon Health Authority, the Legislature last year greenlighted a funding package to see the agency through the 2017-19 biennium without cutting people off the […]
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Trump administration inaugurates Medicaid scorecard for state programs

Top health official says greater flexibility for states must be accompanied by more accountability. The Trump administration is embarking on a basic change to Medicaid that for the first time evaluates states based on the health of millions of Americans and the services they use through the vast public insurance program for the poor. Source: […]
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The Health 202: Trump administration rolls out a beauty pageant for Medicaid

Bring on the CMS scorecards. Call it a beauty pageant for state Medicaid programs. Except that it’s extremely difficult to judge. Yesterday, the Trump administration released what it’s calling a Medicaid “scorecard” that compares states side-by-side on 17 measures indicating the timeliness and quality of medical care received by enrollees and how well they’re faring […]
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Disability Service Providers Want to Guide Electronic Tracking Implementation

A new federal law requires Medicaid service providers to clock in and out to track time and location when they serve clients. The policy is intended to prevent fraud but it’s causing privacy concerns in other states. In the twilight of the Obama era in December 2016, Congress passed the sweeping “21st Century Cures Act,” […]
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Seasonal Workers Face Higher Barrier to Qualify for Medicaid

Project Access Now has found that poor people with unsteady incomes are held to a different standard than those who make a consistent amount each month. The net result is that some low-wage seasonal employees are shut out of the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor. Request full-text (for State Agency […]
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Drugmakers Blamed For Blocking Generics Have Jacked Up Prices And Cost U.S. Billions

The Trump administration is shaming brand-name drugmakers who refuse to sell samples so generics can be made from their products. Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016, a […]
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Immigrants Could Gain Full Medicaid Coverage in California

The policy would be a stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s continued crackdown on immigration. California will become the first state to extend Medicaid coverage to immigrants, regardless of their status, if Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation that has passed easily through both the state Assembly and Senate. Source: Immigrants Could Gain Full Medicaid Coverage […]
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Governor joins CTUIR in opposing Medicaid work requirements for tribes

In its battle against the Trump Administration over Medicaid work requirements, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has gained some powerful allies. In a Friday press release, the tribes announced that Gov. Kate Brown wrote a letter to CTUIR Chairman Gary Burke affirming the tr Source: Governor joins CTUIR in opposing Medicaid work […]
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