What’s At Stake? The Future of Medicaid

For decades Medicaid has served as a critical safety net for millions of people with limited income and resources. Nearly 70 million people, including millions of children and adults with disabilities and low-income older adults, rely on the Medicaid program for health care coverage and assistance with basic life functions such as eating, dressing, and bathing. Medicaid has never been a static program. Since its inception in 1965, the program has evolved to meet the changing needs of the people …

Across the States: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports

A major demographic shift is happening. The ages 85+ population is projected to triple between 2015 and 2050. In comparison, the population younger than age 65 will increase by only 12 percent. The growth of the 85+ age group is projected to significantly outpace all other groups once baby boomers begin turning age 85 in 2031, marking the beginning of boomer-driven 85+ population growth for the following two decades. That has significant implications. The 85+ cohort is the most likely …

Federal Court Strikes Down Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Requirement

As the month of June winded down, a federal court issued a ruling invalidating Kentucky’s effort to attach work and other community engagement requirements to receive Medicaid benefits. To understand the ruling, it’s necessary to know what’s been happening with the work requirement issue since the beginning of the year. Here’s a snapshot of what the original policy looks like, how it stands to affect Medicaid enrollees, and an explanation of the first Court ruling. CMS Makes an Unprecedented Decision …

American Society on Aging Conference, Up Close: Achieving a High Performing System in Long-Term Services and Supports

As more than 3,000 leaders and professionals in the field of aging gather in San Francisco for the 2018 Aging in America conference, addressing the needs of the aging population and the number of people living with disabilities will be top of mind. That’s more important than ever. Approximately 10,000 people turn age 65 every day, and new projections from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the United States is heading toward a transformative milestone: older adults will outnumber children …

Sounding the Alarm: The New Senate Health Care Bill Could Cut $3.2 Trillion from Medicaid by 2036

The latest Senate health reform bill, known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, puts Medicaid back on the chopping block. The proposal would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees, and their families.  New AARP Public Policy Institute projections find that the per enrollee cap proposal in Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson will cut between $1.2 trillion and $3.2 trillion from total (federal and state) Medicaid spending over the 20-year period between 2017 and …

The Senate Health Reform Bill Slashes Medicaid in Kansas: State Could Face Cuts Up to $22 Billion

The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) now under consideration in the Senate would drastically alter Kansas’s Medicaid program. The proposed Senate bill would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees. The BCRA would subject older adults, adults with disabilities, Medicaid expansion adults, and non-disabled children under age 19 to mandatory per enrollee caps beginning in 2020. State Medicaid programs would have the option …