CMS Will Let States Cut Medicaid for People Who Can’t Work

For the first time, states will be able to require work or work-related activities as a condition of Medicaid eligibility, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma recently announced. Verma’s announcement followed a CMS change to the criteria for approving state Medicaid demonstration projects, known as waivers: they’ll no longer have to increase and strengthen […]

What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care

We know that where you live matters: There are huge disparities in health and costs across the country. The uninsured rate in Texas is six times higher than in Massachusetts. You’re four times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital in Maryland or New Jersey than in Hawaii. One-third of low-income adults in Texas forgo medical […]

Failure to Raise Spending Caps Threatens Mental Health Resources

An estimated 25.5 million adults with a mental health condition didn’t receive servicesof any kind in 2016. Yet federal funding for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG), a key program providing services to adults with serious mental illness and children with severe emotional disturbance, will at best stay flat in 2018 — which is effectively a […]

Mental Health Care Slips through the Cracks in Florida’s Budget

When Florida lawmakers approved a last-minute budget in special session earlier this year, $20.4 million in federal funding for mental health services expired with no plans to make up for it. Now, mental health and substance abuse facilities across the state are looking at slashing services—sometimes in half—because of the surprise de-funding. Salus Care in Fort Myers is […]