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November 17, 2017

Friday Five – November 17, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the new HHS nominee, how parent access to Medicaid impacts children’s health, Medicaid buy-ins, the reduction of retroactive Medicaid coverage, and money left on the table by non-expansion states.

November 10, 2017

Friday Five – November 10, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about changes to the Medicaid waiver process, the ongoing effort and impacts of reauthorizing CHIP funding, and legislative efforts to expand Medicaid funding for drug addiction.

November 03, 2017

Friday Five – November 3, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about important things to know about the ACA, the pros and cons of Medicaid waivers, the ongoing shift to Medicaid managed care, and the recommendations from the Trump opioid commission.

October 27, 2017

Friday Five – October 27, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the status of the Alexander-Murray bill, CHIP funding running low, anticipated changes to Medicaid waivers, and how states are experimenting with Medicaid payment and delivery.

October 26, 2017

Maintaining Consumer Health Confidence in the Face of Changes

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It’s October, which means we once again celebrate Health Literacy Month, a time for organizations to promote the importance of clear, understandable health information. It’s also open enrollment season, with Medicare’s open enrollment running October 15 through December 7, the Federal Marketplace’s open enrollment starting up soon on November 1 and going through December 15, and many states holding their exchange open enrollment periods around the same time.

October 20, 2017

Friday Five – October 20, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about a bipartisan deal on the Affordable Care Act, how Puerto Rico serves as an example of Medicaid block grant funding, and changes pending for Medicaid recipients in Arkansas and Pennsylvania. 

October 13, 2017

Friday Five – October 13, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about President Trump’s health care executive order and decision to stop making CSR payments, the ongoing effort to reauthorize expired CHIP funding, how health care spending and innovation impact each other, and West Virginia’s receipt of a Medicaid waiver to address substance abuse. 

October 06, 2017

Friday Five – October 6, 2017

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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.

September 29, 2017

Friday Five - September 29, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading how Medicaid sustains many facets of the health system, the latest health care efforts in the Senate, and a new study that connects SNAP benefits to lower healthcare spending. 

September 22, 2017

Friday Five - September 22, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the looming September 30 deadline for health care legislation, calls to pronounce opioid epidemic a public health emergency, and efforts in Ohio to curtail Medicaid expansion.

September 14, 2017

Friday Five - September 15, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the rising popularity of single-payer healthcare, steps forward on CHIP reauthorization, CMS action to assist Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and Arizona’s pursuit of Medicaid work requirements. 

September 13, 2017

Three Ways Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Contact Centers

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Beginning in the 1960s, when 1-800 numbers first became the de facto means of customer service, supporting citizens has evolved from one-way communication into a multichannel experience that is vital to how citizens get information from the government.

September 12, 2017

Encouraging Individual Ownership in Public Benefit Programs

State and federal governments spend millions of dollars on benefit programs each year in an attempt to provide for the health and welfare of those most in need. One of the biggest challenges is that these programs define poverty, and therefore benefit eligibility, in terms of a household income threshold. According to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data, more than 43 million Americans live in poverty, which means their annual income is $15,060 or less (for individuals) and under $30,750 (for a family of four).

September 08, 2017

Friday Five - September 8, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about what’s next for Congressional healthcare efforts, the impact of states seeking changes to Medicaid, and Oregon’s efforts to catch up on their Medicaid eligibility backlog.

September 01, 2017

Friday Five - September 1, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about why Medicare and Medicaid can be more cost-effective than private insurance, the impact of Medicaid on state budgets, and states making moves to prevent Medicaid fraud and implement work requirements.

August 29, 2017

Designing Work Programs for Medicaid Populations to Achieve Meaningful Outcomes

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The federal government is encouraging waivers to promote innovative approaches to increase employment in Medicaid populations. As states consider work programs in the context of promoting personal responsibility and self-sufficiency, MAXIMUS Senior Vice President of Human Services North America Doug Howard suggests four design attributes that tie to meaningful outcomes.

August 25, 2017

Friday Five - August 25, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about what lies ahead for Medicaid: The program could still be impacted by federal legislative changes, but now that the popular perception of Medicaid is trending positively and more people are aware of who is covered under the program, many expect any further changes to come at the state level.

August 17, 2017

Friday Five - August 18, 2017

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about how the future of health insurance exchanges and government-sponsored health programs are uncertain, causing many current Medicaid beneficiaries to fear losing their coverage. That said, historically bipartisan support for the popular CHIP program could lead to a ceasefire in the congressional healthcare war. As Congress looks past the healthcare debate, some are looking to consolidate and streamline the delivery of safety net services across 92 federal programs.

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