Friday Five – February 9, 2018

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February 09, 2018
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about funding for health initiatives and the opioid crisis, the potential for Medicaid lifetime coverage limits, another state approved for Medicaid work requirements, and Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers.

1. The Health 202: Congress is poised to invest more dollars in the opioid crisis

Congress has proposed $6 billion in funding for the opioid crisis in recent budget negotiations, according to the Washington Post. This would be the largest amount of funding the government has committed, although details about where the money would be spent were not yet available.

2. After approving Medicaid work requirements, Trump’s HHS aims for lifetime coverage limits

At least five states are seeking Medicaid waivers that would allow them to implement Medicaid lifetime coverage limits. McClatchy reports this would be the first time a cap would be imposed on the Medicaid program, as previous requests were denied by the Obama administration.

3. The giant Senate budget deal includes some huge changes for Americans' healthcare

Early this morning, Congress passed a budget agreement that provides nearly $20 billion for health care. According to Business Insider, funding will go to CHIP, community health centers, the National Institutes of Health, the VA, and to address the opioid epidemic, among others.

4. Indiana wins federal permission to adopt Medicaid work requirements

Indiana is the second state, following Kentucky, to have received approval for a Medicaid waiver including work requirements. The Washington Post reports that 11 more states are in discussions about adding work requirements.

5. Obamacare enrollment tells tale of two systems  

According to The Hill, states that run their own ACA enrollment exchanges saw an increase in sign-ups this year, compared to a decrease for most of the states that use the federal platform. Overall, total enrollment dropped by 4% (approximately 500,000 individuals).

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