Posts for Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion

Navigating Managed Care’s Strange New World

State Medicaid programs have been moving at warp speed to turn over long-term services and supports (LTSS) to managed care companies. For some states, this marks the first journey into the tricky terrain of mandatory managed care for seniors and people wi

Medicaid’s Got Friends in High Places

Recently, a stakeholder group in Iowa put out a bold statement urging state legislators not to reject the Medicaid expansion: “Failure to seize this historic opportunity to significantly address the plight of uninsured Iowans has negative consequences for

Ensuring Better Care and Health Outcomes for Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease

The Sickle Cell Treatment Act (SCTA) provides an important opportunity to advocate for implementing public policies that will lead to better care and health outcomes for individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD). In 2003, Senators Jim Talent (R-MO

Something to Celebrate: Three Big Birthdays, One Short Week

Three programs vital to the health care security to millions of Americans celebrated birthdays last week. Medicaid and Medicare turned 47, and their “little sibling,” the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), also marked 15 years of ensuring low-income

Basic Health Program: This Wallflower is About to Bloom

The Basic Health Program isn’t the most flashy or popular provision in the Affordable Care Act. But anyone who’s watched a classic – or even a less-than-classic - teen romantic comedy knows that the shy, somewhat awkward wallflowers often have tremendous

Medicaid Makes States an Offer That Is Too Good To Refuse

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Medicaid expansion (the planned increase in the number of low-income adults who are able to receive Medicaid coverage in 2014) is constitutional. The plaintiffs will a

Hand Over the Megaphone: New CMS Regulations Strengthen the Consumer Voice

In the obscure pages of the Federal Register, consumers recently won an important victory -- a victory whose implications for Medicaid beneficiaries are anything but obscure. Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a fin

Confronting Our Dirty Little Secret

After a decade of reports and tragedy a lot of progress must be made to improve our oral health A decade ago, the Surgeon General released a report on oral health that described unmet oral health needs as a “silent epidemic”. Five years ago, a 12 year old

Guest Blog: Home Care Workers Need Your Support

On December 15, 2011, President Obama announced that the Department of Labor planned to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to guarantee minimum wage and overtime protections for 2.5 million home care workers. Since 1974, when Congress amended the F
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