The Republican-led states that have refused to expand Medicaid are trying a variety of strategies to save struggling hospitals and cover more people without full expansion, which was one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
pple Health and Homes is a multi-agency state program launched last year that focuses on providing housing to people with health and behavioral health challenges. What’s unique is that the program taps Medicaid dollars to pay for housing subsidies, tenant services and more.
Research on cost barriers to health care found that rural adults were more likely than urban adults to report being unable to pay their medical bills or have problems paying their medical bills. Rural adults also were more likely to use medications in ways not prescribed (like taking pills every other day or only filling prescriptions every other month) to save money on medication.
Now that the COVID-19 public health emergency is ending, states are once again free to verify that enrollees are still qualified and cancel their coverage if they’re not. Experts warn that states could sever as many as 15 million Americans, including 7 million children, from the health coverage they relied on through the pandemic.
Thousands of people who have health insurance through Medicaid (also known as Apple Health, in Washington) risk losing coverage in coming months. The good news: There are options for people to keep health insurance coverage – if they act in time.
Customers can save an average of $1,300 annually ($110 monthly) for the same level of coverage they’re already paying for.
Twenty-two Republican-leaning states have urged the Supreme Court to block beneficiaries of federal safety net programs from suing. If the court agrees participants in many federal entitlement programs could lose the right to go to court when they believe a state, city or county has violated their rights in the administration of those programs.
Doulas are trained professionals who provide emotional, physical and educational support to women before, during and after childbirth.
Biden is likely to help more people buy health insurance on the ACA exchanges and support efforts to get more people onto Medicaid.
The number of people enrolled in Medicaid nationwide rose markedly this spring as the impact of the recession caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 took hold.
New funding to boost Medicaid providers during the pandemic leaves out 1,400 community health centers, which serve more than 29 million low-income patients.
If unemployment reaches 20%, the Urban Institute forecasts Medicaid enrollment could reach as high as 62 million.
The lack of Medicaid expansion in some states and the refusal of the federal government to open Obamacare exchanges in others is keeping some Americans from getting coverage.
Rule would slash funding putting hospitals in peril of closing, particularly rural hospitals that already are shuttering at unprecedented rates, opponents say.
In recent years, officials have increasingly using a stopgap measure to help inmates reactivate their Medicaid coverage upon release from prison.