States Extend Medicaid For Birth Control, Cutting Costs — And Future Enrollment

The Trump administration is weighing whether to allow Texas to receive millions of federal Medicaid dollars for its family planning program, which bars abortion providers. The Lone Star State eliminated its Medicaid-funded family planning program five years ago when state officials said they wanted to specifically exclude Planned Parenthood because the group provides abortions. Dozens of […]

Medicaid Minus Stigma: In Indian Country, It’s Part Of The Fabric Of Life

On a crisp sunny day, Tyson Toledo, a precocious 5-year-old boy, hobbled into a private health clinic to have his infected foot examined. Pediatrician Gayle Harrison told his mother to continue to apply antibiotic ointment and reminded them to come back if the swelling and redness worsened. The appointment at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care […]

Medicaid Covers Foster Kids, But Daunting Health Needs Still Slip Through The Cracks

Sherri and Thomas Croom have been foster parents to 27 children — from newborns to teenagers — during the past decade. That has meant visits to dozens of doctors and dentists for issues ranging from a tonsillectomy to depression. While foster parenting has innumerable challenges, health care coverage for the children isn’t one of them. […]

Georgetown University’s CCF Weighs in on Proposed Changes to Managed Care Rule

Last November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to its Medicaid Managed Care Rule.  As I explained at the time, these proposals can be seen as part of a broader effort by the agency to weaken access protections for children, parents, and other Medicaid beneficiaries, not just in managed care, but also in […]

State Strategies for Establishing Connections to Health Care for Justice-Involved Populations: The Central Role of Medicaid

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most adults leaving prison or jail — despite their poverty and poor health — were not eligible for Medicaid because coverage generally was not available to most childless low-income adults. But as of June 2018, 33 states and the District of Columbia had expanded Medicaid to all adults with […]