Medicaid

Why Medicaid Work Requirements Hurt Disabled Americans and the Nation

January 22, 2018
On January 11, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a State Medicaid Director Letter providing new guidance for Section 1115 waiver proposals that would impose work requirements (referred to as community engagement) in Medicaid as a condition of eligibility. With a proposal already approved for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and at least nine additional states poised to quickly follow suit, this hasty, ill-informed decision will create new barriers to health care for people with disabilities and further entrench workplace prejudices and stereotypes.

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Congress Is Feeling the Heat. But Beware of the Hidden Costs of the GOP’s #TaxOnDisability

December 15, 2017
On December 15, the Senate and House agreed on a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The House is expected to vote on the final bill Tuesday or Wednesday with Senate vote coming shortly thereafter.

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National Call-In Day on Wednesday, November 29!!!
Stop the #TaxOnDisability

November 27, 2017
If the GOP Senate manages to eliminate the individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act insurance premiums are projected to increase by 10% on average and an estimated 13 million people will lose health insurance.

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DREDF responds to CMS Innovation Center’s RFI

November 21, 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI) put out an informal Request for Information on September 20, seeking stakeholder feedback on a "new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms." The RFI emphasizes choice and competition as the keys to higher quality, reduced costs, and improved patient outcomes. DREDF response emphasizes the critical need for enhancing and integrating long-term services and supports across all of CMMI's models, including within accountable care organizations, advance payment models, and PACE programs for younger people with disabilities.

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Enrollment Is Resistance: Get Covered!

November 1, 2017
Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, where approximately 12 million people buy health insurance, begins today Wednesday, November 1 and continues until December 15. According to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services' policy division, 80 percent of HealthCare.gov enrollees will be able to purchase a plan for $75 or less per month — making the 2018 insurance exchanges the lowest ever premiums for many consumers.

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Trump Administration Bypasses Congress, Declares “All Out War” On Obamacare

October 13, 2017
Making good on his promise to "never stop" his personal obsession to crush anything connected to Obamacare, late Thursday night President Trump issued a statement saying that his Administration would do away with Federal subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out of pocket costs for people on low-incomes under the Affordable Care Act. Earlier in the day, President Trump circumvented Congress by signing an Executive Order allowing insurance companies to sell lower cost policies with fewer benefits as a means of drawing younger, healthier people away from existing Obamacare marketplaces.

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DREDF Supports CMS Proposed Revisions to Payment Policies Under the CMS Physician Fee Schedule

October 5, 2017
Re: Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (CMS-1676-P)

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DREDF Objects to the Massachusetts Request to Eliminate Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

October 4, 2017
It has been very difficult to obtain actual data to establish the numbers of people with disabilities among the Medicaid expansion population, given the dearth of both tracked disability-related questions and optional demographic information on disability in the streamlined  enrollment application.  Nonetheless, we submit that many working low-income people with disabilities, including individuals with multiple chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes who may not typical identify as a person with a disability, have enrolled in Medicaid through the expansion option.  Consequently, we are deeply concerned by the proposal to eliminate the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) benefit for MassHealth CarePlus enrollees, otherwise known as the Medicaid expansion population, except for transportation for substance use disorder (SUD)-related services.

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