Friday Five - August 4, 2017

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August 04, 2017

In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about how states are reacting to the widely held assumption that the Affordable Care Act will not be repealed this year. Reactions include asking the Trump administration to guarantee cost-sharing reduction payments and potentially seeking waivers that would impact Medicaid enrollment. 

1. Governors press Trump to make Obamacare payments 

The Hill reports that members of the bipartisan National Association of Governors have reacted to Trump’s threats to withhold cost-sharing reduction subsidies to insurers by calling on him to provide funding and help stabilize the individual insurance marketplace.

2. Breakdown: How Americans get healthcare coverage

Have you wondered where Americans actually get their healthcare coverage from? Visual Capitalist breaks it down by providing graphs and infographics about the source of residents’ insurance, the percentage of residents by state covered by public insurance, and a comparison of the U.S.’s health expenditures and life expectancy vs. other industrialized countries.

3. Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment

While the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act floundered, many parts of the country could still see impacts to Medicaid. Kaiser Health News explains how a rising number of states are applying for waivers that would increase eligibility requirements, however critics argue the more extreme measures would hurt those who are most in need.

4. Pennsylvania Senate approves bill seeking Medicaid work requirement in 35-15 vote

As an example of a state seeking a waiver to lower Medicaid enrollment, this Lancaster Online article reports on the recent state Senate vote approving the request to petition for a waiver allowing the institution of a work requirement. The bill still needs to pass the state House and would then have to be approved by the Trump administration.

5. After Obamacare repeal fails, Georgia leaders to seek Medicaid waivers

Political leaders in Georgia, according to this article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, are also beginning to craft a plan for what Medicaid waivers to seek next year. Waivers can be used to both expand and limit coverage, but its expected passage would be difficult as all seats in the state Legislature and other statewide offices are up for election in 2018.