Friday Five – October 6, 2017

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October 06, 2017

In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the looming expiration of CHIP funding, state efforts to either expand or contract Medicaid, and an anticipated price jump in insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act.

1. Lapse in federal health funding imperils children’s healthcare coverage

Congress failed to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by the September 30 deadline. States have enough funding to keep the program afloat temporarily, with many running out of funding by the end of 2017, according to this article from NPR.

2. Kansas won’t expand Medicaid, denying a lifeline to rural hospitals and patients

The Intercept reports the Kansas House fails to get enough votes to override Gov. Sam Brownbeck’s veto of Medicaid expansion, raising the likelihood that rural hospitals will close and patients will struggle to receive care. 

3. Backers file paperwork to put Utah Medicaid expansion on 2018 ballot

This article from the Salt Lake Tribune reports on a healthcare advocacy group submitting a ballot initiative for Medicaid expansion in Utah. If wording is approved, the group will need to hold public hearings and obtain more than 113,000 signatures to bring it to a public vote.

4. To ease budget, Oklahoma lawmakers advance plan to make obtaining Medicaid more difficult

In a special session, HPPR reports the Oklahoma state legislature is considering legislation that would make receiving Medicaid more difficult as part of an effort to reduce a $215 million budget shortfall.

5. With Affordable Care Act’s future cloudy, costs for many seem sure to soar

Average rates for health insurance premiums are expected to rise between 10% and 60% for 2018 due to uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act, according to the New York Times. Final prices and policies may not be available until November 1, leaving little time before the enrollment period begins.