Friday Five – July 14, 2017
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It’s Friday and this week in our Friday Five series, MAXIMUS is tracking how Medicaid enrollees feel about their coverage, the impacts of cuts proposed in the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and states considering adding work requirements to Medicaid eligibility.
Despite claims that Medicaid fails to serve beneficiaries with adequate access to doctors, an analysis by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services finds that 84% of enrollees said they hadn’t had a problem getting all the care that they or their physician believed was necessary in the past six months, and 83% reported having a regular source of care. The authors stated, “We found that Medicaid enrollees are generally satisfied with their coverage across multiple demographic groups and state expansion choices.”
If Congress passes a law that significantly reduces federal funding for Medicaid, patient advocates say it’s likely that fewer elderly people will have access to funds for nursing homes or home health care aides, as asset and income restrictions tighten.
Approximately 37 million children receive health care benefits through Medicaid, and health policy experts predict they will be the hardest hit from proposed Medicaid cuts. Expected impacts include fewer children covered, less funding for screenings and immunizations, less aid for disabled children, and uncertainty surrounding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Pennsylvania’s General Assembly is considering a bill that would request a waiver allowing it to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. More than 2.8 million people are currently enrolled in Medicaid in the state, although the requirement would not apply to every case.
The Senate released a new version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Thursday, which would lift many of the ACA’s regulatory requirements, allow insurance companies to offer bare-bones plans, and propose deep cuts to Medicaid. Despite the changes, the Act still faces pushback by moderate and conservative Republicans.