Friday Five – March 16, 2018
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about projections in health care spending, petitions for Medicaid expansion, more states considering work requirements, and Medicaid’s role in schools.
The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute points out several items within new health spending projections that will impact Medicaid, including an aging population, spending per beneficiary in states that expanded Medicaid, and prescription drug costs.
This opinion piece in Forbes discusses the increase in states (such as Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, and Utah) where supporters have created petitions hoping to bring Medicaid expansion to a vote. Maine was the first state to approve expansion via voters last November.
According to the Connecticut Mirror, Connecticut is considering a bill that would allow the state to implement work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid, as well as prevent work requirements to be waived for certain food stamp recipients.
Minnesota is yet another state that is considering applying for a Medicaid waiver allowing work requirements. The Star Tribune reports that the waiver, if approved, would impact approximately 125,000 out of 1 million Medicaid recipients in the state.
This blog post on Reaching Higher NH argues against cutting Medicaid funding, in part because of the major impact it has had on funding in-school services. Medicaid provides approximately $4 billion per year to schools for health-related services, many of which are required by law.