Since its inception more than 50 years ago, Medicaid has evolved from a small health program, adjunct to welfare, to an integral part of the nation’s health insurance system.
Where the agency and its leadership sit within state government can enable or impede the Medicaid director’s authority to make critical decisions about strategy, services and budget.
Lawmakers across the country are proposing legislation to stabilize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance market, make coverage more affordable for consumers, and improve access to care by leveraging the bargaining power and administrative savings of public programs.
The new year begins with a divided Congress, which is already gridlocked over a funding agreement to end the partial government shutdown now entering its fourth week.
In a YouGov/Huffington Post survey of registered voters’ priorities, healthcare topped all issues.
As healthcare costs continue to rise and stakeholders maintain focus on improving care quality and outcomes, payers are turning to value-based payment (VBP) as a critical tool for boosting delivery system performance.
With a divided Congress that will struggle to reach agreement about major health policy legislation, states will continue to serve as the drivers and testing ground for new healthcare reforms in at least the next two years.
As Election Day approaches, the outcomes of many federal and state races remain unclear, with the future of health reform hanging in the balance.
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