Friday Five – February 23, 2018

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February 23, 2018

In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s thoughts on experimentation with health care systems, state innovations in Medicaid, President Trump’s proposed rule for health insurance and the effects of Medicaid work requirements.

1. Alex Azar: ‘I’m a big believer in state experimentation’

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters earlier this week that he would like to see states experiment with different health care systems. The Washington Examiner reports that Azar plans to work closely with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to evaluate what is allowed under the current law and the administration’s long term goals.

2. Tracking State Innovations in Medicaid

The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks the health system reforms and Medicaid innovations by state using their Health Innovations State Law database.

3. Trump’s Historic Medicaid Shift Goes Beyond Work Requirements

This article from PEW Charitable Trusts discusses the implementation of Medicaid work requirements and the implications on the state population. Lock outs, lifetime limits, and losing coverage are just some of the issues that people in these states could face with these new rules.

4. Trump Administration Makes Move to Offer Cheaper Health Insurance Plans

Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced their proposed plan to make it easier for consumers to buy cheaper health insurance, which offers fewer benefits and protections. According to Consumer Reports, this new plan, which was originally conceived as a stopgap coverage for those between jobs or temporarily without insurance, would allow people to use the health plans for year-round coverage. This could potentially lead to health insurance costs increasing for people who want more comprehensive coverage.

5. Payer Roundup – Virginia House backs Medicaid expansion; Ohio set to apply for two new waivers

FierceHealthcare breaks down the changes in Medicaid for Virginia and Ohio in their roundup. The Virginia House of Delegates proposed a budget that would expand Medicaid in the state, but also add conservative provisions to the program. And Ohio officials plan to file for new ACA waivers, including one with work requirements.


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