CBO Report: A New Framework on Single-Payer Health Care

Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report outlining options and technicalities lawmakers need to consider to establish a single-payer health care system in the United States. Although a lot to assess, the “single-payer” term generally refers to a system in which health care is paid for by a single public authority, as stated by Kaiser Health News (KHN). While once a pipe dream, this topic is officially mainstream and cultivating questions quickly.  

Here’s what you need to know: 

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NAMD 2018: Recap

The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) Conference gathered executives and government employees in the bustling city of Washington D.C to discuss Medicaid program initiatives in America. The conference offered a variety of Medicaid workshops while highlighting key advancements in healthcare technology.

In case you weren’t able to attend, check out our NAMD recap of key takeaways:

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CMS to accelerate Medicaid waiver process and allocate $8.6 million in funding to states to steady health insurance markets

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed on August 16th, 2018 changes to the Medicaid Review Process, unveiling substantial reduction in approval times. The new updates will generate faster processing of state requests to streamline changes to their Medicaid program through the state plan amendment and section 1915 waiver review process. Less than 1 week following this move, CMS announced $8.6 million in funding to 30 states and the District of Columbia to help reinforce and stabilize corresponding health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

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Section 1115 Waivers: The effects of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act

To date, 33 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their programs, 8 utilizing a Section 1115 Waiver.  Another 17 are not currently expanding, however, their interest will soon be measured on ballots this Fall.   

Overall, the impacts have been significant; coverage, access to care, and delivery system reform have all seen changes. Medicaid expansion has positively affected utilization of services, the affordability of care, and financial security among the low-income population. According to Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), Medicaid expansion states have also experienced significant coverage gains and reductions in uninsured rates – among the low-income population broadly and within specific vulnerable populations.  

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