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10 Ways Medicaid Affects Us All

KHN Original

Medicaid was created in 1965 as a program for the poor. Today, it helps 74 million people — more than 1 of every 5 people in the U.S. You or someone you know likely benefits.

Medical Debt Is Generally Higher In States That Didn’t Expand Medicaid

KHN Morning Briefing

A study finds states that didn’t expanded their Medicaid programs under the federal health law saw the percentage of people with unpaid medical bills fall only about half as much as in states that expanded. Also, a plan to reform Michigan’s auto insurance could backfire on the Medicaid program, and questions are raised about Kentucky officials’ attempts to keep documents private dealing with their efforts to revamp the state’s Medicaid program.

GOP’s Plan To Pay For CHIP May Derail Efforts To Renew Funding Of Popular Program

KHN Morning Briefing

Democrats oppose Republicans’ efforts to scrap the Affordble Care Act’s prevention fund, which has been criticized as a “slush fund,” and don’t like the GOP’s proposal to remove lottery winners from state Medicaid programs. Meanwhile, states are bracing for the impact if the money is not renewed.

Congress Asked To Overrule Outdated Medicaid Regulation On Funding For Opioid Treatment Centers

KHN Morning Briefing

Only smaller facilities qualify for Medicaid payments under a 1965 law that was intended to break up large, state-run mental asylums, but state attorneys general are asking Congress, in the midst of a crisis, to expand that. In other news, the National Institutes of Health, noting a lack of evidence on the issue, will begin to study opioids’ effects on babies.

Montana Says Medicaid Expansion Saved Money; Arkansas Says Costs Were Less Than Anticipated

KHN Morning Briefing

Montana officials say the state saved more than $30 million since the expansion program began in 2016. Arkansas reports that the program was much larger than officials expected but the state’s share of the costs was less than they budgeted for. Meanwhile, New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing for a debate next year on whether to keep the expansion, and some Medicaid enrollees in California are frustrated by the few doctors who accept Medicaid payments.

After Promising ‘Repeal’ For 7 Years and Failing, The GOP Is Worried About Facing Its Own Voters

KHN Morning Briefing

“When something has been committed to and it doesn’t happen and then it doesn’t happen again, I think it’s self-evident it isn’t a good thing,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) who’s retiring rather than seek a third term next year. Meanwhile, the Democrats are going to seize their chance to turn the tables on the Republicans who have been hammering them for years on health care.