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August 10, 2018

Friday Five: Toolkits released to improve customer experience and address poverty; new studies show impact of Medicaid changes

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about new studies showing the impact of Medicaid expansion, looming Medicaid cuts in Puerto Rico, and new toolkits released to help agencies improve their customer experience and to reduce poverty via a two-generation approach.

August 03, 2018

Friday Five: States and territories use technology to track Medicaid, child support, veteran services

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicaid’s anniversary, electronic verification systems, child support registries, employment services to aid the opioid crisis, and revamping the VA’s online portal.

August 01, 2018

Celebrating National Child Support Awareness Month and Professionals Everywhere Who Help Children and Families Thrive

August is National Child Support Awareness Month! Established by President Bill Clinton through Proclamation 6814, this heightened awareness provides a foundation for recognizing the importance of child support programs at all levels of government to ensure children receive the financial and emotional support to lead secure and healthy lives.

July 27, 2018

Friday Five: Funding Medicaid expansion is challenging, but raises employment for disabled individuals

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about changes to child support determination, Medicaid expansion funding, employment for disabled individuals, health savings accounts, and reforming the VA.

July 20, 2018

Friday Five: Debate over work requirements could impact several government programs

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about work requirements in government assistance programs, health care administrative costs, the farm bill negotiations, and improving citizen services.

July 13, 2018

Friday Five: Supreme Court nominee could change health care landscape

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about how the Supreme Court nominee could impact health care laws, Medicaid drug spending, employment programs and the global artificial intelligence race.

July 06, 2018

Friday Five: Medicaid work requirements blocked; opioid treatment options may expand

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about opioid legislation and treatment, the court battle over Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements, how Medicaid can support families more effectively, and the latest farm bill passed by the Senate.

June 29, 2018

Friday Five: Medicaid transformation plans and the potential impact to states

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicaid transformation efforts including a state data-sharing project, CMS audits to address fraud and waste, and government reorganization plans aimed at consolidating and modernizing programs.

June 22, 2018

Friday Five: States focus on improving the health and employment rates of Medicaid recipients

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about different approaches to treating opioid addiction, the status of Medicaid waivers, Montana’s voluntary workforce program, and the shift towards accountable care organizations.

June 15, 2018

Friday Five: Funding options may help states experiment with new ways to address the opioid crisis

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about government funding to address opioid addiction, how state elections will determine Medicaid expansion, artificial intelligence, poverty’s impact on mental illness, and Georgia’s child support program.

June 08, 2018

Friday Five: Government agencies try new approaches to automation and reporting

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the automation of government services, the new CMS scorecard tool, improper Medicaid and Medicare payments, and the nation’s first state to implement work requirements.

June 01, 2018

Friday Five: Health care, the labor market and social services are interconnected

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the Medicaid work requirement debate, opioids impact on workforce, preventing provider fraud, and whether blockchain can streamline health care records.

May 18, 2018

Friday Five: Availability of AI and telehealth services may change the way health care is delivered

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about drug prices, lifetime limits on Medicaid, telehealth reimbursement, potential changes to TANF, and the ethical implications of AI for health care.

May 11, 2018

Friday Five: Trump administration says no to Medicaid lifetime limits and may remove unspent funds from CHIP

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about CMS rejection of proposed Medicaid lifetime limits, a potential loss of funding for CHIP, SNAP program integrity, legislation to address opioid abuse, and the age gap in the federal workforce.

May 04, 2018

Friday Five: Opioids, work requirements, and health care administration may all see major changes

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about actions to address the opioid crisis, streamlining Medicaid physician approvals, how artificial intelligence may impact health care, and potential changes to SNAP.

April 27, 2018

Friday Five: Potential changes to health insurance and SNAP requirements, opioid treatment, value-based care, & AI’s impact on health care

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about short-term health insurance, SNAP work requirements, opioid treatment, value-based care, and the potential impact of artificial intelligence on health care.

April 25, 2018

Applying Lessons Learned From Welfare Reform to Proposed SNAP Work Requirements

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In the 1990s, states initiated and drove welfare reform by proposing experimental or pilot projects under federal waivers.  As the state administrator for Iowa’s welfare program in 1993 and as the Michigan human services director at the turn of the century, I oversaw efforts to shift the charter of the program from providing financial support to actively helping families achieve economic stability through employment.

April 20, 2018

Friday Five: Unstable insurance markets, work requirements for food stamp recipients & changes to government technology

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about state attempts to stabilize the ACA, how losing Medicaid coverage impacts prisoners and their families, work requirements for food stamp recipients, and changing government technology.

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