Today, a coalition of 20 national organizations representing consumers, health care providers, and health plans sent a letter to Congressional leaders supporting a recent National Governors Association’s request that they increase federal matching funds for Medicaid by 12 percent.
As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues to destabilize the economy, more individuals are turning to their state Medicaid agencies for health coverage. To date, more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the past 10 weeks, and with job losses many individuals will inevitably lose employer-based health coverage. Current projections show […]
During this public health emergency, new federal laws (HR 6201, HR 748) are making significant steps to eliminate consumer cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, diagnosis, and prevention while states are working to increase insurance access and surprise billing protections. The recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes several provisions that expand the ability of Medicaid and the […]
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 […]
Introduction by Trish Riley, NASHP Executive Director For decades, the proposal to convert the Medicaid program from an open-ended entitlement to capped funding as a “block grant” has been a fiercely argued policy, legal and ideological debate. Opponents contend that capped financing violates the foundation of Medicaid as an entitlement and would severely impair states’ abilities to address […]
States face rapidly rising rates of substance use disorder (SUD) and overdoses among pregnant women and increases in maternal deaths and poor birth outcomes, such as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). To understand how states promote early identification of SUD and treatment access for pregnant women, the National Academy for […]
While state policymakers across the country grapple with oral health care access challenges, California, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut are incentivizing their Medicaid plans and providers to deliver pediatric oral health services in innovative ways, with a special focus on community-based solutions. Under its Medicaid section 1115 waiver, California incentivizes dental care coordination by community health workers […]
States are incrementalists – enacting laws, amending them, and building on their successes – and that strategy is clearly visible in Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s bold and comprehensive legislative proposal, An Act to Improve Health Care by Investing in VALUE, announced last week. Baker’s proposal calls on payers and providers to increase expenditures on primary […]