Academy Focuses on Medicaid Reform Bills and Probable Impacts on States

Last week in Washington, D.C. 27 state legislative leaders gathered for the sixth annual CSG Medicaid 101 Policy Academy. Attention was focused on the Medicaid reform plan, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, under consideration in the U.S. Senate following the House approval of the American Health Care Act in early May. CSG prepared a brief side-by-side comparison of the House proposal (as passed in May) and the Senate proposal (as released by Sen. McConnell in late June and scored by the Congressional Budget Office in last June). 

Speakers at the meeting explained how the House bill and subsequent Senate proposals would fundamentally change the nature of the state-federal Medicaid partnership, decrease federal funds available to states for health services, and increase the numbers of uninsured Americans. 

The agenda for the meeting is herePresentation slides and additional related resources are below. 

Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Other Kaiser Health News resources: 

​Robin Rudowitz, associate director, Kaiser Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation 

Download the presentation, "Medicaid Overview" in PDF 

Other Kaiser Family Foundation resources: 

Maria Schiff, senior officer, state and local fiscal health, The Pew Charitable Trusts

 Download the presentation "State Health Care Spending Trends" in PDF 

Other Pew Charitable Trust resources: 

Joan Alker, executive director, Center for Children and Families and research professor, Georgetown University 

 Download the presentation "Children’s Coverage: Will We Go Forwards or Backwards?" in PDF 

Other Center for Children and Families resources:

Brent McGinty, CEO, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health

 Download the presentation "Missouri Community Behavioral Health Clinics – Integrated Care Model" in PDF 

Matt Salo, executive director, National Association of State Medicaid Directors

Other National Association of Medicaid Directors resources;

Panel discussion, "It's Complicated: Health System Reform from Major Players' Perspectives"

  • Leanne Gassaway, senior vice president, state affairs, America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Robert Kerr, president, Kerr & Company
  • Lisa Joldersma, vice president, Policy & Research—Public Programs, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
  • Moderated by Leighton Ku, director, Center for Health Policy Research, George Washington University

Leighton Ku, director, Center for Health Policy Research, George Washington University

 Download the presentation "The American Health Care Act: Economic & Employment Consequences for States" in PDF 

Other resources:

Rachel Garfield, senior researcher and associate director, Kaiser Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation  

 Download the presentation "Medicaid and Work Requirements" in PDF 

Rodney Whitlock, vice president, health policy, ML Strategies

 
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