Issue: Medicaid - Page 3

No Car, No Care? Medicaid Transportation Threatened

Called non-emergency medical transportation, or NEMT, the benefit is as old as Medicaid itself. From its inception, in 1966, Medicaid has been required to transport people to and from such medical services as mental health counseling sessions, substance abuse treatment, dialysis, physical therapy and adult day care. But now at least three states, including Iowa, have received federal waivers — and extensions —allowing them to cut Medicaid transportation services.

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Health Care Sector Worth $17 Billion to Iowa Economy

In all, Iowa’s health care sector, which includes hospitals, offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners, nursing home and residential care, other medical and health services and pharmacies, contributes $17 billion to the state economy while directly and indirectly providing 330,308 jobs, or about 20 percent of the state’s total non-farm employment. Iowa hospitals on their own employ more than 74,000 people and inject $7.1 billion into the state economy.

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Medicaid Work Requirements Meant to Fight Poverty? Public Doesn’t Buy It

Most Americans don’t buy the argument that the primary aim of allowing states to add work requirements to Medicaid is to pull more people out of poverty. Instead, more people believe the motivation is a different goal: to cut Medicaid spending by creating bureaucracy and barriers that then reduce enrollment in the health insurance program for low-income Americans.

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Medicaid Work Requirements Won’t Work and Are Likely Illegal

Work requirements appear to be a more subtle attempt to reduce the number of non-disabled adults added to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which survived multiple attempts last year by Congress to repeal and replace it. But a work requirement for Medicaid isn’t necessary and won’t work. Not when nearly 80 percent of adults on Medicaid already live in working families and about 60 percent work themselves.

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For Some States, Kids’ Insurance Fund Runs Out Next Week

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said late last week. The $2.85 billion was supposed to fund states’ CHIP programs through March 31. But some states will start running out of money after January 19.

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Left on Hold for the Holidays, CHIP Families and States Still Waiting

With bipartisan agreement on a strong, five-year funding extension and promises throughout the year that a CHIP extension would get done before January, states and families were counting on Congress to do its job. But Congress again punted action on CHIP with a short-term funding patch. This is an unprecedented abdication of responsibility for this important and successful program and creates a shameful burden for vulnerable families who spent the holidays worrying about health care for their children.

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Axing Individual Mandate Means Millions Lose Coverage

The Senate’s tax reform new bill would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) “individual mandate,” which requires all Americans to get health coverage if they can afford it. Independent health-care analysts and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) agree that this move would deeply undercut the ACA and the progress it has made to reduce the number of uninsured. The CBO has estimated that ending the mandate would lead to 13 million more Americans lacking health care coverage.

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CHIP Delay is Risking Children’s Health and Costing States

Congress’ failure to renew Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding leaves children at risk for loss of or gaps in coverage. But even the delay is costing states that have already begun preparing for the complex, costly process of rolling back their CHIP programs. A long-term and speedy extension of CHIP is critical to preserve and protect the nation’s historic achievement in covering more than 95 percent of our children.

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