Medicaid Study’s Warning for Obamacare Exchanges

By: Thursday May 2, 2013 8:43 am

Getting a lot of attention today is a new study about Oregon’s Medicaid program. Basically several years ago Oregon wanted to greatly expand the program but didn’t have enough money to cover everyone they wanted. As a result they held a lottery. This created a perfect natural experiment on the effect of Medicaid coverage. The [...]

GOP Slow Accepting Obamacare Is Here to Stay

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 8:09 am

Something remarkable happened yesterday. Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) decided to endorse using the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid in his state. Though he did this only after getting the administration to provide a major concession regarding how the program would be run. This is an important policy development because it means roughly a [...]

Gene Sperling: Medicaid Is Safe, Medicare Is Not

By: Friday February 1, 2013 9:31 am

The one upside to the Supreme Court making the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act optional is that it has stopped the Obama administration from trying to cut it. Senior economic adviser Gene Sperling confirmed that the administration sees taking Medicaid completely of the table as necessary to make Obamacare function; but since President [...]

Idaho Governor Will Oppose Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 7:42 am

Idaho will not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act at this time. In his state of the state address Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter said that he will not seek an expansion this year. From Otter’s speech: As you’ll hear in a moment, we have some pretty good ideas about that kind of managed care [...]

How the Supreme Court Indirectly Protected Medicaid from Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 12:49 pm

The Supreme Court’s decision to make the Medicaid expansion option may have indirectly protected the program from cuts during the current fiscal cliff negotiations.

Medicaid Expansion Would Carry Real but Modest Costs for Many States

By: Monday November 26, 2012 10:31 am

The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act made the expansion of Medicaid optional for states. Already a few Republicans governors have said they don’t plan to take part. A new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found if states do take part in the expansion it will requires states to only modestly increase [...]

Oklahoma Won’t Expand Medicaid Under the ACA

By: Monday November 19, 2012 12:25 pm

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin (R) declared that her state won’t set up a state based exchange or take part in the Medicaid expansion. From Fallin’s office: “Furthermore, I have also decided that Oklahoma will not be participating in the Obama Administration’s proposed expansion of Medicaid. Such an expansion would be unaffordable, costing the state of [...]

More CEOs Join Push to Cut Social Security in a Grand Bargain

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 9:42 am

Top CEOs from 80 large companies across a variety of industries have joined the push for a grand bargain deal that could happen during the lame duck session. In a statement organized by the well-funded Fix the Debt campaign, the CEO’s called for a bipartisan deal to reduce deficit the by increasing revenue and cutting [...]

Medicaid Expansion Is Not a Political Slam Dunk in the States

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:07 am

Even after the Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act must be truly optional for the states, the Medicaid expansion provision in general remains very popular. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll 67 percent of Americans hold a favorable opinion of the provision in the Affordable Care Act [...]

Study Indicates Medicaid Saves Lives

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 10:32 am

The weird federal-state design of Medicaid has created a natural experiment. A few states have already chosen to expand their Medicaid program to low-income childless adults, like the Affordable Care Act will do in 2014. This allowed researchers to compare the impact these Medicaid expansions have relative to neighboring states that didn’t expand it. The [...]