Friday Five – January 26, 2018

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January 26, 2018
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the restoration of CHIP funding, the impact of a Medicaid buy-in program, how work requirement waivers could affect Medicaid expansion, and the rising demand for home-based care services.

1. CHIP renewed for 6 years as Congress votes to reopen federal government

On Monday, Congress voted to reopen the government through Feb. 8 and to renew CHIP funding for six years, according to Kaiser Health News. CHIP funding had originally expired on Oct. 1 and many states were close to running out of funds. The program provides insurance for more than 9 million children.

2. Medicaid buy-in could expand options, lower premiums for a few states

This article from Healthcare Dive reports on a study the Urban Institute conducted on the effects of a proposed Medicaid buy-in program. The study found that it would be most beneficial for states that have expanded Medicaid, those with less insurance companies participating in the ACA exchange, and higher premiums. 

3. Trump’s move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid

The Trump Administration recently approved the first Medicaid waiver to include work requirements, and more states are expected to follow. While advocates are concerned this will have negative health outcomes, US News and World Report says this may also push Republican-led states to expand the program by providing an ideological as well as financial incentive.

4. Medicaid home care demand grows, states grapple with spending

As the population ages, Home Health Care News reports that the demand for long-term Medicaid home-based care continues to rise. More than 3 million people received services in 2014, costing more than $58 billion.

5. Young and healthy people tend to not stay on Medicaid

A new study, reported on in Modern Healthcare, finds that healthy individuals between 19 and 29 are more likely to leave Medicaid after initial enrollment. The study contends this is likely due to their success in finding employment or receiving better pay.

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