On Jan.1st, the Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) opened applications for the new State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which expands CHIP eligibility benefits for children under 19 who are not US citizens. Lawful permanent residents in the US are generally able to receive Medicaid or CHIP benefits after a five-year waiting … Read more

Postpartum coverage for Medicaid-eligible pregnant Arizonans has been expanded from 60 days up to one year. The coverage expansion went into effect on April 1st, and will help improve health outcomes of birthing parents and children and increase access to life-saving healthcare services.  “Medicaid covers more than half the births in Arizona. Extending postpartum coverage … Read more

New reports document the challenges Floridians face while seeking maternal healthcare, and provide opportunities to improve maternal outcomes.     The March of Dimes released the Where You Live Matters: Maternity Care in Florida report on Aug. 1st. The report presents data on several maternal factors, including levels of maternity care access and maternity care … Read more

Florida lawmakers passed around 200 bills during the 2023 legislative session, which ended on May 5th. But political insiders took note that Medicaid expansion was not among the new health-related policies that are set to be initiated.     Experts discussed the session during the 2023 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Florida is … Read more

Healthcare leaders discussed efforts that aim to increase access to prescription drugs and lower their costs during the 2023 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference a couple weeks ago.      Florida Association of Community Health Centers Vice President and COO Ben Browning said consumers scored a big victory with the legislature’s passage of … Read more

Lawmakers applauded the recent passage of bills that expand the number of children covered under Florida KidCare and regulate the business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) during the 2023 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Rep. Robin Bartleman (D-Weston), ranking member of the Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee, said the most significant bill … Read more

In continuation of a long-term effort, Democratic Sen. Nathan Johnson is again advocating for the expansion of Texas Medicaid during this year’s legislative session. We caught up with the senator at our North Texas conference last fall. In light of continually increasing public support for expansion, Johnson introduced three different bills to do so this … Read more

An advocacy effort that aims to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income Floridians is gaining support throughout the state. Florida is one of only 10 states that has not expanded its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act to adults ages 19-64 with income under 138% of the federal poverty level. But a new poll shows … Read more

Texas Democratic Rep. Julie Johnson is continuing to advocate for progressive healthcare reforms including Medicaid expansion, despite continued opposition to the effort from the Republican majority in the state legislature. She again filed a bill in the legislature this year to establish the “Live Well Texas” program to expand Medicaid, which hasn’t yet received a … Read more

This edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” in Texas includes coverage of HHSC’s work to prepare for Medicaid redeterminations, an update on the Texas Medical Association’s ongoing litigation against the federal government over how to resolve disputed medical claims, and a conversation with Texas Association of Health Plans’ Jamie Dudensing about the top-of-mind priorities for … Read more