Friday Five – January 5, 2018

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January 05, 2018

In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about temporary CHIP funding, anticipated health care legislation in 2018, the first ever 10-year Medicaid waiver, and the opioid epidemic’s impact on children. 

1. Trump signs law to fund CHIP through March—but will it be enough?

Congress passed a short-term spending bill in late December intended to fund CHIP, along with other programs, through March. But this article from the Advisory Board questions whether the funding is sufficient to last that long for all states.

2. GOP set to shift tactics on Obamacare in 2018

The Hill reports that Republicans are expected to change their focus from repealing Obamacare to containing future growth, due to the failure of last year’s repeal votes and a shrinking majority in the Senate. 

3. CMS gives Mississippi unprecedented 10-year Medicaid waiver

Mississippi recently received the first 10-year Section 1115 Medicaid waiver ever issued, according to Modern Healthcare. The waiver will allow the state to continue funding family planning services. 

4. Medicaid expanding acupuncture to combat opioid epidemic

Ohio has expanded the number and type of providers that can be reimbursed by Medicaid for acupuncture. WFMJ reports this is part of an effort to provide alternative pain management and reduce reliance on opioids. 

5. Statistics don’t capture the opioid epidemic’s impact on children

This opinion piece in STAT compares the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to that of the current opioid crisis on children and argues that many of the children affected remain uncounted until law enforcement or child welfare become involved.