Friday Five – February 2, 2018

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February 02, 2018

In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about funding for community health centers, a new business venture that may disrupt the health industry, what most people spend their tax refunds on, a lawsuit challenging Medicaid work requirements, and lessons learned from Medicaid Advantage.

1. Week ahead: GOP faces pressure on community health funding

While Congress recently reauthorized funding for CHIP in a short-term spending bill, The Hill reports that funding for community health centers is not yet secured. Funding is expected to be a topic of discussion leading up to the next budget deadline on February 8.

2. Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire create new company to tackle healthcare costs

Three major companies announced plans this week to create a company that would provide quality affordable health care to their employees, according to the Chicago Tribune. Details about the company are not yet available, but experts believe it could potentially disrupt the industry.

3. Many people spend their tax refund on this immediately

A recent study found that health care spending rises by 60% in the week after people receive their tax refunds. This article from Market Watch reports that health care remains the top expense people pay for with tax refunds for the next 100 days, with a higher percentage of spending among those with less cash in their bank accounts.

4. A guide to the lawsuit challenging CMS’ approval of the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid waiver

Last month, CMS approved a Medicaid waiver for Kentucky that allowed work requirements for the first time. Two weeks later, 15 Medicaid enrollees sued to challenge the ruling. In this article, the Kaiser Family Foundation breaks down the key questions and next steps for the lawsuit. 

5. What Medicare Advantage can teach the rest of the healthcare industry

This article from Fierce Healthcare examines recent publications that focus on the success and strengths of the Medicare Advantage program, and how elements of it could be introduced into the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges.