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April 28, 2017

Friday Five - April 28, 2017

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It’s Friday and this week in our Friday Five series, MAXIMUS is tracking legislation in Florida that would implement work requirements for Medicaid recipients; the latest on the GOP’s American Health Care Act; and, how health care spending compares among countries worldwide.

April 21, 2017

Friday Five - April 21, 2017

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It’s Friday and this week in our Friday Five series, MAXIMUS is reading up on Republicans’ renewed attempt to pass health care reform; a new rule from CMS on quality data and its effort to “start a national conversation about improving the health care delivery system;” and, why states throughout the US – even red states – are considering expanding Medicaid. 

April 14, 2017

Friday Five - April 14, 2017

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This week in our Friday Five series, MAXIMUS is sharing our Insights video on bridging health equity across communities as part of National Minority Health Month; examining why the new Office of American Innovation “just might work;” and, looking at how Medicaid programs are responding to the nation’s opioid epidemic. 

April 07, 2017

Friday Five - April 7, 2017

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It’s Friday and this week in our Friday Five series, MAXIMUS is following what State Medicaid directors predict for the program’s future; why Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries’ coverage could be at risk; and what a bipartisan approach to health care could look like. 

April 05, 2017

Now what? Long-Term Care after the American Health Care Act

The administration has signaled a three-pronged strategy for overhauling health care in America. First, repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with new legislation. Second, implement aggressive regulatory actions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Third, advance specific pieces of new legislation that have bipartisan support.

While the initial replacement legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was pulled from a vote in the House, leaders are now shifting to HHS and regulatory actions in an effort to advance their policy interests.

March 31, 2017

Friday Five - March 31, 2017

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This week in our Friday Five series, MAXIMUS is sharing what Jared Kushner looks to bring to the new White House Office of American Innovation; how Republicans can “quietly” enact health care reform at the state level using waivers; and, details on the administration’s new commission on opioid addiction. 

March 24, 2017

Friday Five - March 24, 2017

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This week in our Friday Five series, MAXIMUS looks at what concerns are being raised by Republican governors over the GOP health plan; proposed Republican changes to Medicaid; and how virtual appointments may be just what the doctor ordered to treat your everyday ailments.  

March 17, 2017

Friday Five - March 17, 2017

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Happy Friday from MAXIMUS! This week in our Friday Five series, MAXIMUS is following what governors and insurance commissioners think of repealing and reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and potential changes to Medicaid; exploring what health care looks like in the digital age; and, is looking to financial planners for tips to stay protected against long-term care costs. 

March 10, 2017

Friday Five - March 10, 2017

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In today’s Friday Five, we are sharing the five news stories that piqued our interest this week, ranging from the cost of health illiteracy to the potential look of Medicaid under the new Republican health care plan to a growing trend in telehealth applications.

March 07, 2017

In Conversations About Health Care in America, Health Literacy Must Remain in the Discussion

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As the new administration determines its approach for providing health insurance coverage for Americans, two things are clear: a disproportionate number continue to be lost in the health care system and the need for clear communication about health insurance persists. Research shows that many consumers lack a basic understanding of how the system works, what their options are, and how to get and use their benefits.

March 03, 2017

Friday Five - March 3, 2017

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Happy Friday! The top conversations we’re watching this week in our Friday Five series look at the do’s and don’ts for having the long-term care “talk” with aging parents, review the National Governors Association’s take on Medicaid and uncover answers to the top three questions about Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers.

November 02, 2016

Open Enrollment: Find the health insurance that’s right for you

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If you want to buy individual or family health insurance, your chance to sign up for coverage takes place during a certain time of year called open enrollment. Some people can get coverage outside of open enrollment if they have a qualifying life event, such as getting married or having a baby.

October 31, 2016

A Quick Guide to Health Insurance

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Through our work at the MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy, we know that health insurance continues to be a challenge for many consumers. To help bridge the knowledge gap so consumers can make informed health decisions, we must increase health insurance literacy.

October 17, 2016

Health Insurance Literacy: Communicating Access to Coverage

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As we mark the sixth year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we can celebrate the enrollment of tens of millions of people who have historically been uninsured into health insurance programs. However, we also know that problems — particularly around health insurance literacy — still persist. Health insurance literacy is the degree to which individuals have the knowledge, ability and confidence to find and evaluate information about health plans, select the best plan for their financial and health circumstances, and use the plan once enrolled.

January 26, 2016

Looking Back & Looking Ahead for State Medicaid Programs

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2015 was another interesting year for Medicaid programs. There were many of the same issues at play as in 2014, most notably the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s effect on Medicaid enrollment. More states decided to expand their programs, talked about delivery and payment reforms extensively, and took big strides with their long-term care and dual eligible coordination of care initiatives. Through this range of issues that played out, we identified these notable trends

July 09, 2015

State Medicaid Programs and the Changing Dynamics of Pharmacy Benefits Management

MAXIMUS President Bruce Caswell wrote a column for the Huffington Post on the new, changing dynamics of pharmacy benefits management programs. An excerpt is below, along with a link to the full article.

March 02, 2015

CMS’ Duals Clarifications Enable State Innovation

Improving care at a manageable cost for people who are dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is the heart of the latest demonstration initiatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This demonstration is titled “Enrollment and Retention Flexibilities to Better Serve Medicare-Eligible Medicaid Enrollees”. Specifically, CMS expands the demonstration to include a broad range of dually-eligible Medicare/Medicaid recipients under existing authorities, not just the fully-eligible populations comprising the current 13 state demonstrations.

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