Subscribe 5 Things We’re Watching in health policy in Washington and eight other states

An Actual Bipartisan Plan

| Mar 2, 2020 | Federal

Political polarization has largely paralyzed Washington, which is why the Bipartisan Policy Center’s new health reform plan is both notable and important. The lead authors of the plan are former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist and former Administrators of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...[ Read More ]

CMS’ Medicaid Waiver Template for the ACA Expansion Population

| Jan 31, 2020 | Federal

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) new section 1115 Medicaid model waiver will allow states to provide coverage to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansion population in a manner that differs from certain current law requirements. While release of this plan is a milestone of sorts for advocates...[ Read More ]

On health care in 2020, the GOP is likely to play small ball

| Dec 30, 2019

Having failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when they controlled Congress in 2017, Republicans claim it’s still their goal. Earlier this year, President Trump said he would soon unveil a new replacement plan that would be so popular it would lead voters to see the GOP...[ Read More ]

If the Democrats win in 2020, they will push a nationwide public option, not Medicare for All

| Nov 26, 2019 | Federal

For months, the Democratic candidates for president have been debating the relative merits of Medicare for All versus “building upon” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Senators Bernie Sanders has argued that the time has come for adoption of an undiluted single-payer plan, while former Vice President Joe Biden and South...[ Read More ]

Colorado’s Emerging State-Directed Insurance Plan

| Oct 31, 2019 | Colorado

Jared Polis won the governorship in Colorado last year in part by campaigning as a champion of single-payer health care. Now in office, and with his party in control of both chambers of the state legislature, Polis is pursuing an idea that is more modest and yet not inconsequential: a...[ Read More ]

Tennessee’s Take on the Block Grant Idea

| Sep 30, 2019 | Federal

Tennessee’s draft proposal to reform the state’s Medicaid program (called “TennCare”) has resurrected old arguments about the merits, defects, and feasibility of using a federal block grant to finance the program. The financial details of the Tennessee plan, which are still emerging, will matter greatly to the federal officials who...[ Read More ]

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