Medicaid per capita caps

Medicaid Block Grants Hit Bump in Road

The drive toward encouraging states to implement Medicaid block grants hit a bump in the road last week when the formal guidance for states that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma suggested was imminent apparently became not-so imminent. At the time Verma spoke, draft guidance from CMS to the states was under review by the federal Office of Management and Budget.  Last week, however, CMS withdrew that draft, which also was to address state Medicaid per capita cap programs. The bump in the road does not, however, appear to be more than a temporary detour.  While CMS [...]

2019-11-21T06:00:51+00:00November 21, 2019|Medicaid|

Groups Seek to Block Medicaid Block Grants

Do not permit states to adopt block grants for their Medicaid programs, more than two dozen groups have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A letter signed by the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, COPD Foundation, March of Dimes, United Way, and others states that Simply put, block grants and per capita caps will reduce access to quality and affordable healthcare for patients with serious chronic health conditions and are therefore unacceptable to our organizations. The letter explains that Per capita caps and block grants are designed to reduce federal funding for Medicaid, forcing states to either [...]

2019-07-22T06:00:38+00:00July 22, 2019|Medicaid|

Medicaid Per Capita Caps Explained

In a new report, the Commonwealth Fund looks at Medicaid per capita caps, an idea that has been discussed for years, that was part of the as-yet unsuccessful American Health Care Act, and a proposal that is almost certain to resurface in the near future. Among other things, the article explains what per capita caps are and how they would work describes how per capita caps differ from current Medicaid policy considers how the implementation of per capita caps might affect low-income people, providers, and insurers Learn more in the Commonwealth Fund article “Essential Facts About Health Reform Alternatives: Medicaid [...]

2017-04-19T06:00:53+00:00April 19, 2017|Medicaid|

Temporarily Gone But Not Forgotten

While last week’s withdrawal of the American Health Care Act at least temporarily halted talk of immediate repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, at least one aspect of that proposed legislation, often discussed in the past, is sure to arise in the future as well:  replacing the current manner in which the federal government matches state Medicaid funding with Medicaid per capita limits or Medicaid block grants. In a new issue brief, the Kaiser Family Foundation examines how a switch to per capita limits or block grants might affect low-income seniors served by both Medicare and Medicaid.  Among [...]

2017-03-29T06:00:07+00:00March 29, 2017|Medicaid, Medicare|

MACPAC Meets, Discusses Medicaid, CHIP Issues

The non-partisan legislative branch agency that advises Congress, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the states on a variety of Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program issues met last week in Washington, D.C. Among the issues on the agenda of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission were: the flexibility of states in structuring and administering their Medicaid and CHIP programs state Medicaid responses to fiscal pressures studies requested by Congress on mandatory/optional benefits and populations current Medicaid parallels to per capita financing options illustrations of state-level effects of per capita cap design elements high-cost hepatitis [...]

2017-03-08T11:26:27+00:00March 8, 2017|Medicaid|
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