Friday Five – March 16, 2018

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March 16, 2018
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about projections in health care spending, petitions for Medicaid expansion, more states considering work requirements, and Medicaid’s role in schools.

1. New national health expenditure projections contain several key findings relevant to Medicaid

The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute points out several items within new health spending projections that will impact Medicaid, including an aging population, spending per beneficiary in states that expanded Medicaid, and prescription drug costs.

2. Medicaid expansion via ballot measure gains momentum in red states

This opinion piece in Forbes discusses the increase in states (such as Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, and Utah) where supporters have created petitions hoping to bring Medicaid expansion to a vote. Maine was the first state to approve expansion via voters last November.

3. CT bill would require that certain Medicaid enrollees work

According to the Connecticut Mirror, Connecticut is considering a bill that would allow the state to implement work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid, as well as prevent work requirements to be waived for certain food stamp recipients.

4. GOP proposes work requirement for Minnesotans getting medical assistance

Minnesota is yet another state that is considering applying for a Medicaid waiver allowing work requirements. The Star Tribune reports that the waiver, if approved, would impact approximately 125,000 out of 1 million Medicaid recipients in the state.

5. Medicaid steps up in schools where federal disability funding falls short

This blog post on Reaching Higher NH argues against cutting Medicaid funding, in part because of the major impact it has had on funding in-school services. Medicaid provides approximately $4 billion per year to schools for health-related services, many of which are required by law.