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Dr. Marc Siegel: The best way to slow Medicaid spending is to help more people escape poverty

If nothing is done, rising costs will eventually force governments to make massive budget cuts to other programs, raise taxes, cut coverage under Medicaid ... instead of simply cutting Medicaid and other programs for poor people, help poor people ... read more

Arizona lawmakers fail again to get dental coverage for pregnant women on AHCCCS

May 13--An Arizona bill that would have given dental benefits to pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid failed because of bad timing ... which can lead to induction of labor and poor fetal outcomes." Bipartisan support Arizona's Medicaid program is called ... read more

25,000 Medicaid Patients in Indiana Have Lost Coverage for Failing to Pay Premiums

As the Trump administration moves to give states more flexibility in running Medicaid, advocates for the poor are keeping a close eye ... Indiana enrollees — lose their vision and dental benefits for failing to pay the premium. Several Republican ... read more

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Despite Exemptions, Medicaid Work Requirements May Cause Coverage Losses

Medicaid expansion has transformed health coverage ... poor. A study published in May by the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank, found that among those Arkansas Works beneficiaries who today hold a job, almost one-third may fail to meet ... read more

Medicaid expansion proponents haven't helped the poor

They’ve not helped pay for a poor person’s medical care or insurance coverage ... care about people in the so-called Medicaid gap, why would we willingly put people into a program we know will ultimately fail to meet their needs? read more

Medicaid Expansion Gains Popularity in Red States

The push to expand Medicaid ... of the very poor women and disabled. But some health analysts said the action shows that the ACA has persuading more people that the federal government has a larger role to play in providing health coverage. read more

The American Way of Dentistry

So far, I've focused on the 152 million Americans with dental ... Medicaid) and the 130 million—43 percent of the population—without any kind of coverage. American dentists provide outstanding care to the people who can afford it, but they are failing ... read more

Tooth decay is prevalent among poor children

The simplicity of those numbers, from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, underscores the reality of dental care in this ... treat families with Medicaid coverage. That coverage is meant to aid the very poor, but Medicaid reimbursements don't ... read more

Effort to get dental coverage for pregnant women on AHCCCS fails again

May 12--An Arizona bill that would have given dental benefits to pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid failed because of bad timing ... which can lead to induction of labor and poor fetal outcomes." Bipartisan support Arizona's Medicaid program is called ... read more

Trump Administration Approves Indiana's Medicaid Plan

Indiana ... require these poor adults to make payments ranging from $1 to $27 per month into health savings accounts or risk losing their vision and dental benefits or even all their coverage, depending on their income level. Indiana Medicaid officials ... read more


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