Friday Five – December 15, 2017

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December 15, 2017

In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the status of Section 1115 waivers, Affordable Care Act enrollment, concerns over CHIP funding, and a study of how people view Medicaid.

1. Which states have approved and pending Section 1115 Medicaid waivers?

The Kaiser Family Foundation breaks down the states that have received approval or have pending Section 1115 Medicaid waivers, as of this week, in a chart and tables.

2. Enrollment in ACA health plans up from same time last year, but sign-up chance dwindling

Today is the last day of the open enrollment period for individual health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. The Washington Post reports that enrollment is ahead of schedule when compared to last year, but expected to drop overall due to the shortened enrollment period.

3. Alabama result deals heavy blow to Obamacare repeal

The election of Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama has decreased the odds that Republicans will be able to repeal the Affordable Care Act next year, according to an article in The Hill. The pending tax reform bill does, however, still include a repeal of the individual mandate.

4. Parents worry Congress won’t fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program

NPR reports that as states begin to notify families that their children may lose health insurance, parents and doctors are concerned that the Children’s Health Insurance Program won’t be reauthorized. Nearly 9 million children receive insurance through the program and states are running out of money to keep it afloat.

5. The Politics of Medicaid: Most Americans are connected to the program, support its expansion, and do not view it as stigmatizing

A new study published in Milbank Quarterly finds that by 2015, more than 2/3 of the U.S. population had some connection to Medicaid. Individuals with a connection to the program are more likely to view it as important and support increased funding and expansion.