CMS Urges States to Pay for the Dental Services Kids Need

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin underscoring the link between oral and overall health and the importance of dental care for children with Medicaid coverage. This bulletin recognizes the pitfalls of...

Rule Threatens Coverage of Critical Women’s Health Services

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), only 12 percent of individual health insurance plans covered maternity care.

Beyond Work Requirements: Medicaid Waivers for Oral Health Innovation

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continued the trend of approving harmful work requirements in state Medicaid programs. Arkansas joined Kentucky and Indiana and became the third state to institute a work requirement. These waivers will...

Anti-immigrant policies are hurting children’s oral health

We should all be able to care for our children’s oral health regardless of our immigration status. But today, U.S. immigration policies are blocking many immigrant families from getting their children needed dental care.

Kids Need Essential Coverage. Period.

This blog is part of a series that will highlight how changes in the 2019 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) final rule will affect the comprehensive coverage that the essential health benefits (EHBs) package offers to consumers. When...

Bipartisan Opioid Bill Supports Trauma-Informed Approach for Children and Families

In recent good news, the opioid bill that is garnering wide bipartisan support has multiple provisions that address childhood trauma and provide support for impacted children and families. Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously...

State Flexibility Threatens Progress on Essential Health Benefits

This blog is part of a series that will highlight how changes in the 2019 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) final rule will affect the comprehensive coverage that the essential health benefits (EHBs) package offer to consumers. On...

Medicaid: A Lifeline to the Community

This blog is part of our Medicaid Awareness Month series, in which we highlight the ways that Medicaid supports the health of vulnerable populations. Guest bloggers for the series are state advocates who work on behalf of Medicaid from different...

Flood Them With Pink Slips

The Maine legislative session went late into the night last week as House members failed to reach consensus on funding their ballot-approved Medicaid expansion. Maine consumers passed a ballot question in 2017 demanding the state close the coverage gap for...
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