White House to States: All or Nothing on the Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 6:20 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that states will not be eligible for funding for the Medicaid expansion unless they expand it all the way to 133% of poverty as envisioned by the law.

Romney Endorsed in Primary Debate Either Eliminating or Privatizing FEMA

By: Monday October 29, 2012 7:45 am

Emergency management is a critical federal program, if for no other reason than because of budget constraints. If states were expected to assume the full costs of emergency management, because they are bound by balanced budget rules, the money would have to come out of education or health care or some other public service. But [...]

Medicaid Cut Costs in 2012 by Making Its Insurance Less Effective

By: Friday October 26, 2012 3:15 pm

Medicaid spending slowed down in 2012 and similar slowing is expected for 2013. However, it’s being accomplished through precisely the same program that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan endorse for the program – by effectively taking beneficiaries off the rolls. The data comes from the respected Kaiser Family Foundation, and their annual survey of all [...]

Failure of California’s Prop 30 Would Mean More State-Level Austerity on a Grand Scale

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 2:44 pm

Hopes that we are at the end of the cycle of state budget cutbacks dragging on overall growth may be dashed if Proposition 30, a measure that would increase taxes mostly on the wealthiest Californians making over $250,000, fails at the ballot box in two weeks. And two polls out today find support tanking for [...]

Half of Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Hard Dollars Diverted Away From Housing Programs By States

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 9:15 am

We’ve been following this issue of states using the hard dollars in the foreclosure fraud settlement – which is only about $2.5 billion, 10% of the total amount – as free money they can use to fill their budget gaps, rather than the notional goal of the settlement, to help homeowners. Some state leaders have [...]

Medicaid Cutbacks Rely on Trims to Dental Coverage

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 8:14 am

We’re told that we’re on the precipice of coming to a great reckoning with our major health care programs. Medicare and Medicaid are bloated and must be brought to heel. The truth is we’re already going through that reckoning. We’re already cutting back on these programs. The federal government just leaves it to the states [...]

New England Journal of Medicine Study Shows That States Which Expand Medicaid Save Lives

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 10:16 am

Of all the tips and tricks being trotted out by partisans and health care advocates to pressure Republican governors to accept the Medicaid expansion, this may be the most useful for moral purposes: Into the maelstrom of debate over whether Medicaid should cover more people comes a new study by Harvard researchers who found that [...]

Arkansas Releases Numbers on Medicaid Expansion; Conservatives Will Distort Them

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 12:34 pm

Arkansas, led by popular Democratic Governor Mike Beebe, has done a cost analysis of the Medicaid expansion, finding that it would save the state $372 million. The analysis is weighted toward the fact that the federal government picks up 100% of the costs of the expansion in the first three years, while in later years, [...]

Governors Maneuver on Medicaid Expansion

By: Monday July 16, 2012 11:01 am

The National Governors Association meeting came and went this weekend without any definitive answers on Medicaid expansion – from both sides of the political divide. Republicans continue to be either adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid for their populations or undecided about the matter. And Democratic governors, for that matter, have not lined up in total [...]

Over 100,000 Teacher Jobs Lost in Last 12 Months

By: Friday July 6, 2012 12:16 pm

The most important chart when thinking about the economies under George W. Bush and Barack Obama can be seen above. It compares the first-term job numbers of the two Presidents. Both of them endured recessions at the start of their terms, though Obama’s was bigger. But the biggest difference comes in the public jobs numbers. [...]

Some Democratic Governors Also Shaky on Medicaid Expansion

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 9:35 am

All the Dem operatives and commentators ensuring that every state will “eventually” (an indeterminate length) opt into the Medicaid expansion makes the case that they will see what a good deal it is for the states and simply have to comply. Greg Sargent looks at some numbers from the Urban Institute showing that states would [...]

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