Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of California v. Texas about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate to purchase health insurance coverage, which some states are challenging because Congress eliminated the tax penalty associated with the mandate. Based on the justices’ questions during oral arguments, […]
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About Anita Cardwell
Anita Cardwell joined NASHP in March 2013 and focuses on projects related to children’s coverage and access issues as well as health reform. Prior to joining NASHP, she worked at the National Association of Counties on a wide range of health topics, including providing information to county officials and staff about health reform implementation. She has also worked for the National Academy of Social Insurance, volunteered through AmeriCorps and interned with the Children’s Defense Fund and the Oregon State Senate. She has a BA in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MPP with a certificate in health policy from Johns Hopkins University.
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The Supreme Court decision in the California vs. Texas case challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could impact all or just a few of its policies and programs with far-reaching consequences for states. This NASHP slide deck describes the ACA’s major provisions, state implementation of the act, and potential implications if the ACA is overturned […]
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Georgia’s Pathways to Coverage Section 1115 waiver request, allowing for a limited expansion of Medicaid that provides coverage to individuals ages 19 to 64 earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL).
While the federal COVID-19 public health emergency – which allows for a range of state and federal policy flexibilities in programs such as Medicaid – was recently extended, considering the significant number of pandemic-related policies that states have implemented, officials need to begin preparing now for the eventual end of the emergency. Currently, there is […]
As states loosen restrictions on stay-at-home orders, many are struggling to establish clear and consistent COVID-19 testing protocols to support individuals’ safe return to work and school and identify ways to pay for increased testing. Absent federal guidance, there is significant debate about who is responsible for funding testing – insurers argue a test must be medically necessary and employers […]
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes a Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit of $600 a week, which supplements traditional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and provides an important source of additional financial support for individuals who qualify for these payments. However, as highlighted in NASHP’s April 6, 2020 blog, Federal Guidance Needed to […]
As unemployment rates rapidly rise and more individuals seek new health coverage options, states are preparing for an influx of new Medicaid and insurance marketplace enrollees. While the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides significant support for a broad array of services, its $600 a week in additional unemployment compensation could […]
To help states address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides all states and territories with a temporary and retroactive 6.2 percentage-point increase in Medicaid’s federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) — which determines the federal government’s share of Medicaid expenditures. Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]
Last week, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law to provide additional resources to help states address the effects of COVID-19. The law eliminates patient cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and related services in most forms of health coverage, it establishes an emergency paid leave program, extends sick leave benefits, and expands […]
In their 2020 state of the state speeches, governors identified new health policy initiatives on a wide range of issues. As of mid-February, 42 governors had delivered speeches or outlined key budget priorities, and all addressed health issues – most commonly strategies to tackle health care costs and behavioral health issues. Below are highlights of the key health themes […]