Director's Corner: What I’m Learning as I’m Teaching

Over the past ten years, I’ve had the opportunity to teach in a health policy course for medical students. And over the course of that decade, I’ve enjoyed working with dozens of future doctors as they study the rapid changes...

And Then There Were Two: Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 Becomes Second Medicaid Program To Add Work Requirement

Today, the Trump Administration and newly-confirmed Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar renewed the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 Section 1115 waiver, including a work requirement on the Medicaid expansion population.

Medicaid Work Requirements: Bad Policy for All, Particularly Harmful to People With Addictions and People of Color

Time after time, the Trump administration talks about our country’s drug overdose crisis, yet its relentless attacks on health care simultaneously undermine access to life-saving treatment and services for people with substance use disorders. The most recent example: forcing Medicaid...

Voters Weigh in For Medicaid (Again)

In a special election two days ago, Oregonians voted overwhelmingly in support of their Medicaid program. Over 60 percent of voters cast their ballot in favor of keeping the provider taxes that cover the state’s share of Medicaid expansion costs....

CHIP Is Finally Funded. What Now?

What did Congress leave on the table?

Kentucky HEALTH: the “Kitchen Sink” of Bad Medicaid Waivers

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration waiver, which contains very alarming barriers to coverage and care.

Picking Up Where We (and They) Left Off

Undeterred by either the stubborn refusal of facts to conform to their narrative or the unpopularity of their efforts to undermine the ACA and Medicaid, the Trump administration has picked up right where they left off.

Tapadh Leat!* For Global Lessons on Consumer and Community Engagement

Now that winter is fully upon us (see, e.g., last week’s “bomb cyclone” along the East Coast of the U.S.), I find myself reflecting back on my past few months of work at the Center. Without a doubt, one of...

By Opening the Door to Work Requirements in Medicaid, CMS Takes a Concerning New Direction of Prioritizing Penalties Over Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in guidance today that they would allow work requirements in Medicaid through 1115 waivers, taking the program in an unprecedented and deeply troubling new direction.
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