Research Update: Medicaid Pulls Americans Out Of Poverty, Updated Edition

This article is originally featured on the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center For Children and Families website. This week, I am reading studies about Medicaid’s poverty-fighting effects. In 2016, about 13% of the population lived in poverty. Children continue to live disproportionately in poverty: children represent 23% of the population, but 33% of the population living in poverty. Increasing …

The State House is surrounded by fall foliage Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Augusta, Maine.

Voters Could Set Precedent for Medicaid Expansion

In all 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid after the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. The majority acted so that the expansion went into effect in 2014. A handful of states, including Louisiana and Montana, that first rejected the expansion have since embraced it. The law allows states to offer Medicaid coverage to people with …

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Tools: Watch the “Texas UnMedicaided” Documentary

Did you know that Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country? This documentary, envisioned and directed by TDSR Board Member Dr. Leo Lopez III and his associate Homero Salinas Jr., explores this issue and the impact of Texas’ decision to reject Medicaid expansion. With a focus on the human experience, the filmmakers present a poignant dialogue that raises …

Report: Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation

Produced by the Urban Institute, this report explains how Medicaid can be dissembled through the budget reconciliation process and the implications of this event on Americans. Because reconciliation addresses components of the law with federal budget implications, Congress will be able to eliminate Medicaid expansion, premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions (Marketplace subsidies), and individual and employer mandates. Some outcomes of …

Report: Top Five Threats to Children and Families Posed by a Medicaid Block Grant

The Center for Children & Families (CCF) at Georgetown University offers the potential consequences of proposed changes to how the federal government funds Medicaid. House Speaker Paul Ryan has been a proponent of block grant funding, which would result in significant cuts in federal spending. The top five threats are summarized below: 1. “It’s a cut.” Block grants mean that federal …

Report: Block Grants and Per Capita Caps Would Dismantle Medicaid As We Know It

There are currently 73 million people who have health insurance through Medicaid, according to a recent report by Community Catalyst. Under the president-elect and members of Congress, the structure and the financing of Medicaid will be changed to block grants and per capita caps, which are intended to reduce federal funding and shift the cost to states. Some future outcomes …

Tools: 2017 Medicaid Talking Points

Published by covertexasnow.org in 2016, this document emphasizes the successes and failures of the current Medicaid program. Find a few noteworthy talking points below: Our current Texas Medicaid program does not cater to the working class — your income must fall under $320 a month for a family of three or less in order to qualify for healthcare services thru Medicaid. The Texas Medicaid program …