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).
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 […]
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 […]
Each year, NASHP publishes more than 100 reports and resources to give state leaders the information they need to craft effective legislation and health policies. Below are our most-read resources of 2019. Rx Legislative Tracker: This resource with its map interface gives you the status of every state’s legislation to curb prescription drug costs since 2015, […]
This spring, Georgia passed the Patients First Act authorizing the state to seek federal approval for a Section 1115 waiver to implement an alternative Medicaid expansion model and an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1332 waiver to pursue a range of options affecting individual market coverage. Last week, the state released draft versions of both […]
This year, many states have continued to pursue federal approval for a range of proposals affecting Medicaid coverage, such as seeking modifications to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion or adding Medicaid work requirements. Currently, nine states have implemented expansion through Section 1115 waivers to impose conditions such as monthly premiums, lock-out provisions for […]
US Census Bureau data released this past week revealed 8.5 percent (27.5 million people) did not have health coverage at any point during 2018 – an increase from 7.9 percent (25.6 million people) in 2017. The latest census data also affirmed fears raised after reports of declining child enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health […]
More than 30 states have proposed or are implementing work requirements, in some cases to enable Medicaid expansion. Read an update about state efforts and a recent federal court ruling on Kentucky’s waiver application. Since January, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow states to require certain enrollees to […]