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The Supreme Court decision allows states to choose whether or not to expand health care coverage through Medicaid. If all states approve expansion, more than 15 million uninsured adults will become newly eligible for health insurance.
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http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jan, 18 Podcast: What The Health? Our First Live Show: What The Health Will Happen In 2018? In this episode of “What The Health?” — taped before a live audience — panelists discuss the potential federal government shutdown and what may be in store for health in 2018. They are joined by former Medicare and Medicaid head Tom Scully. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jan, 18 Keystone XL Pipeline Obtains Enough Shipper Commitments to Proceed TransCanada announced that it has received enough commitments from oil shippers to advance construction of its controversial Keystone XL pipeline expansion. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jan, 18 Keystone XL Pipeline Obtains Enough Shipper Commitments to Proceed TransCanada announced that it has received enough commitments from oil shippers to advance construction of its controversial Keystone XL pipeline expansion. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jan, 18 Keystone XL Pipeline Obtains Enough Shipper Commitments to Proceed TransCanada announced that it has received enough commitments from oil shippers to advance construction of its controversial Keystone XL pipeline expansion. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jan, 12 Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid Federal officials said they would support state efforts to require able-bodied adults to work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid. Source: new york times http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jan, 12 Kentucky becomes first state to require Medicaid patients to work under new Trump administration policy The Trump administration gave Kentucky permission Friday to impose work requirements on its Medicaid recipients, making the state the first in the nation to implement the administration’s new policy of allowing states to make Medicaid coverage contingent on work. The move — which came just a day... Source: los angelas times http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jan, 12 Trump Administration Approves Kentucky Plan Requiring Medicaid Recipients to Work The Trump administration approved a plan by Kentucky that will require many of the state’s Medicaid recipients to participate in work or related activities to get or keep coverage, launching what conservatives hope is a broad transformation of the safety-net program. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jan, 12 Trump Administration Approves Kentucky Plan Requiring Medicaid Recipients to Work The Trump administration approved a plan by Kentucky that will require many of the state’s Medicaid recipients to participate in work or related activities to get or keep coverage, launching what conservatives hope is a broad transformation of the safety-net program. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jan, 12 Trump Administration Approves Kentucky Plan Requiring Medicaid Recipients to Work The Trump administration approved a plan by Kentucky that will require many of the state’s Medicaid recipients to participate in work or related activities to get or keep coverage, launching what conservatives hope is a broad transformation of the safety-net program. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jan, 12 Trump’s Work-For-Medicaid Rule Puts Work On States’ Shoulders States that opt to change their Medicaid program must figure out how to delineate who is covered by the new mandate, how to enforce the rules and how to handle the people seeking exemptions. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org
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What's Happening?

Under the new health reform law, any low-income adults could gain access to federally-funded health care coverage through Medicaid. Each state determines who is eligible for health care under Medicaid; in most states, people who qualify must have a low income and either be under the age of 18, pregnant or have specific diseases. The health reform law gives each state the option to accept federal funding for health coverage and increase access to health care for all people who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($14,856 for an individual and $30,657 for a family of four in 2012).

Currently, the costs of Medicaid coverage are split evenly between states and the federal government. If states choose to expand health care coverage for their citizens, the federal government will reimburse 100 percent of states' Medicaid costs until 2016, and 90% of states’ costs until 2020. This means federal funds will pay the majority of costs for coverage!

Who are we?

Coverage Counts was created by patient advocacy organizations representing many disease types. We have come together to provide resources to those who believe that using federal funds to expand health care coverage is good for their state's health and economy.

The coalition was convened by the Regulatory Education and Action for Patients (REAP) council -- an umbrella coalition comprised of 63 patient advocacy groups whose mission is to communicate to federal and state policymakers the challenges patients face in accessing care. REAP was founded by the National Patient Advocate Foundation in 2010. REAP’s collective voice assures a wide range of patient concerns are considered in policy development to maximize care access and improved outcomes as well as minimize unintended consequences upon implementation. REAP, through its member entities, contributes information and perspectives regarding important health care decisions to a degree that has not been possible heretofore by health care advocacy groups in the regulatory arena.

What are we going to do?

We will tell state legislators why increasing the number of people with health care coverage is good for the health of their constituents and for their state's economy. As patients, caregivers and providers, we have seen firsthand that coverage counts. We will educate ourselves and take action to ensure the well being of our states and the people who reside in them.

For additional resources regarding the impact of expanding health care coverage in specific states please download the comprehensive report, “The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion,” put out by the Kaiser Family Commission, here. Or read more about The Kaiser
Commission's analysis here.

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