Expert Perspectives

Jul 27, 2015 

New resource from CMS on 1332 waivers

Last week, CMS published a new resource hub devoted to 1332 waivers containing links to regulations, FAQs, and fact sheets, as well as promise to issue more guidance “as additional questions and issues arise.” Also announced on the new page: the official email address for questions and completed applications is stateinnovationwaivers@cms.hhs.gov.

Jun 25, 2015 

Supreme Court upholds key provision of the ACA

Thanks to today’s Supreme Court ruling, the Affordable Care Act and its promise to help Americans obtain affordable health coverage are here to stay. By a vote of 6-3, the majority held that Congressional intent was clear: qualified residents of all states, no matter what type of exchange they enroll in, are entitled to receive tax credits to help them afford health insurance.

Jun 5, 2015 

New Research Highlights Fiscal Implications of Medicaid Expansion

Recent research has demonstrated the degree to which the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been instrumental in decreasing the uninsured rate across all states. This research also, however, draws attention to the substantial difference in coverage gains between states that have expanded their Medicaid programs under the ACA, and those that have not. And decisions on whether to expand Medicaid can have a profound impact not only on coverage in a state, but can also carry with them significant financial implications. This has become increasingly clear with the most recent issue brief prepared for the State Network by Manatt Health Solutions.