Medicaid

  • 02.06.18

    The Next Big Fight

    Fresh off passing massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Trump and congressional Republicans want to use the deficit they've created to justify huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. As House Speaker Paul Ryan says "We're going to have to get… at entitlement reform, which is how y...

    Fresh off passing massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Trump and congressional Republicans want to use the deficit they’ve created to justify huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    As House Speaker Paul Ryan says “We’re going to have to get… at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit.” 

  • 01.11.18

    The Real News Network: Trump's Medicaid Work Requirements Punish the Poor

    In this interview with Aaron Maté of the Real News Network, Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow at the Sanders Institute and Director of Public Policy at National Nurses United explains how the new work requirements for Medicaid recipients is a punishment for people already living in poverty....

    In this interview with Aaron Maté of the Real News Network, Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow at the Sanders Institute and Director of Public Policy at National Nurses United explains how the new work requirements for Medicaid recipients is a punishment for people already living in poverty. 

  • 11.14.17

    New Medicaid Work Requirements Will Deny More Care

    Having failed to repeal the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Trump Administration wants to open the door for states to dismantle this essential safety net program by allowing them new ways to deny care....

    Having failed to repeal the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Trump Administration wants to open the door for states to dismantle this essential safety net program by allowing them new ways to deny care.

  • 08.01.17

    Medicaid, Explained: Why It's Worse To Be Sick In Some States Than Others

    This video from Vox looks at the Medicaid system through the eyes of an individual on Medicaid, Matthew, who has Crohn's Disease. He is one of the 1 in 5 Americans who get their healthcare paid for by Medicaid. The video states "The thing about Matthew is, if he lived in a different state, he might not have Medic...

    This video from Vox looks at the Medicaid system through the eyes of an individual on Medicaid, Matthew, who has Crohn's Disease. He is one of the 1 in 5 Americans who get their healthcare paid for by Medicaid. 

    The video states “The thing about Matthew is, if he lived in a different state, he might not have Medicaid.” It explains the history of healthcare in the United States, the attempts of certain presidents (FDR, Truman, and LBJ) to create a national healthcare system, the reason behind the emergence of a private healthcare market, and the ultimate expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

    Due to the Supreme Court decision that made this expansion voluntary by state, the video explains that the specific states get to decide who gets covered and what service gets covered. Some individuals are consistently covered across the board, like children and Pregnant women; However, coverage of other groups like individual who make below a certain amount per year are only covered in certain states. 

    The video goes on to describe the rising costs of Medicaid, due to the rising costs of health care in the United States, and ways that Republicans have proposed to change Medicaid.

  • 06.13.17

    Next Steps for CHIP: What is at Stake for Children?

    This article from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the specific benefits from the CHIP program. First, it describes how the CHIP program was formed and what it entails: "The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an important complement to Medicaid, covering 8.9 million children with family incomes abov...

    This article from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the specific benefits from the CHIP program. First, it describes how the CHIP program was formed and what it entails: "The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an important complement to Medicaid, covering 8.9 million children with family incomes above Medicaid eligibility limits who often lack access to affordable private coverage."

    It covers 5 benefits and facts about the program:

    1. Expansions of Medicaid and CHIP have helped reduce the children’s uninsured rate to a record low of 5%.

    2. All states have expanded eligibility for children through Medicaid and CHIP above federal minimum levels.

    3. Medicaid and CHIP are major sources of coverage for our nation’s children.

    4. Medicaid and CHIP cover over half of children of color.

    5. Medicaid and CHIP provide children access to needed care.

    CHIP Figure 1

  • 09.23.16

    What You (Probably) Didn't Know About Medicaid

    This series of graphics by the Commonwealth Fund outlines the basics of Medicaid. It describes how Medicaid began, who is covered (and the variation between states), how it is paid for, comparisons between Medicaid and other healthcare, and the changes to Medicare made by the Affordable Care Act....Read More

  • 01.20.16

    National Health Expenditures 2015 Highlights

    This article from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services looks at healthcare spending in the U.S. through two different lenses: Health spending by type of service or product, and health spending by major source of funds....

    This article from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services looks at healthcare spending in the U.S. through two different lenses: 

    Health spending by type of service or product, and health spending by major source of funds.

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