Health and Poverty News

The Washington Post, April 07, 2014: (Op-Ed) The safety net catches the middle class more than the poor

“Liberals are shocked (shocked!) that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his co-partisans would consider cutting Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants and other programs that serve the neediest Americans. They have accused Ryan of trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.”

The Washington Times, April 07, 2014: States see big disparities in Obamacare Medicaid sign-ups

“Just 10 states accounted for more than 80 percent of the 3 million new Medicaid enrollees who have signed up through Obamacare this year, according to a private analysis released Monday, which reported that Florida was the only state to enroll more than 100,000 residents without expanding the federal-state entitlement under the new law.”

The Daily Press, April 07, 2014: Find a way forward

“In the ongoing debate over a state budget, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and members of the General Assembly are faced with a critical question: Is Medicaid the hill they want to die on? Each side seems increasingly eager to dig in and force a reckoning rather than compromise and fight another day.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, April 04, 2014: Nevada Medicaid grows nearly 118,000 from year ago

“Enrollment in Nevada's Medicaid program has grown by a third during the past year, with more than half of the new enrollees becoming eligible under the federal health care reform law, state officials said Friday.”

CNN, April 04, 2014: Medicaid enrollment jumps by 3 million

“Three million people have enrolled in Medicaid since October, mainly in states expanding eligibility under Obamacare, according to federal data released Friday.”

The Miami Herald, April 04, 2014: Medicaid enrollment rises in Florida, nation

“Enrollment in Medicaid rose by about 245,000 people in Florida from October through February, reflecting a national trend as people who were previously eligible but not enrolled signed up for the state-federal health program for low-income Americans, federal officials reported Friday.”

The Bangor Daily News, April 03, 2014: Maine House waters down or rejects LePage welfare, EBT card reforms

“In a series of party-line votes Thursday, the Maine House sent a slate of bills aimed at changing or reforming Maine’s welfare system and how state-issued Electronic Benefit Transfer cards could be used to the Senate.”

The Star-Ledger, April 03, 2014: Expanded Obamacare Medicaid backlog means financial bind

“By all accounts, enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program has gone well in New Jersey. The numbers are robust as the program’s expansion under the Affordable Care Act allows single residents and childless couples to get coverage provided their income is low enough.”

The Times Union, April 02, 2014: House GOP plan seeks health cuts to balance budget

“Republicans who control the House Budget Committee pressed ahead Wednesday on a budget-balancing plan that sharply cuts spending on transportation, health care programs for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and other domestic initiatives.”

The Daily Press, April 02, 2014: Gov. McAuliffe touts Medicaid expansion as 'good business'

“Gov. Terry McAuliffe took his push for Medicaid expansion as an integral part of Virginia budget negotiations to business and health leaders in Hampton Roads on Tuesday.”

The Washington Post, April 01, 2014: Hundreds cram into Va. Senate hearing on Medicaid expansion through state budget

“Virginia’s on-again, off-again special session got rolling again Tuesday, as hundreds of lobbyists and activists on opposite sides of the state’s Medicaid battle crammed into a Senate hearing on whether to expand the program through the state budget.”

The New York Times, April 01, 2014: Ryan Budget Would Cut Food Stamps and Medicaid Deeply

“Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin on Tuesday will lay out a tough, election-year budget that he says will come into balance by 2024, in large part through steep cuts to Medicaid and food stamps and the full repeal of President Obama’s health care law, just as millions begin to see its benefits.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, April 01, 2014: Republican senator floating Missouri Medicaid plan

“Although he acknowledges his prospects are slim, a Republican senator is circulating a plan that he says would use federal Medicaid dollars to expand Missouri's health care coverage to low-income adults without busting the state budget.”

The Chicago Sun-Times, April 01, 2014: House GOP budget features cuts in food stamps, health care

“House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class.”

The Washington Times, April 01, 2014: GOP denies McAuliffe offered ‘deal’ for Medicaid support

“GOP leaders on Tuesday flatly denied ever discussing the possibility of tax relief in exchange for reconsidering their opposition to a Medicaid expansion proposal supported by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who claimed last week that House Republicans had already rebuffed such a proposal a month ago.”

The Bangor Daily News, April 01, 2014: (Editorial) ‘Alternatives’ cited in Medicaid expansion debate keep poor from enrolling, seeking care

“Lawmakers who have voted against expanding Medicaid to about 70,000 low-income Maine residents have leaned heavily on the defense that affordable health coverage is already available to a majority of those who would qualify for an expanded Medicaid program — courtesy of the Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplace.”

The Deseret Morning News, April 01, 2014: Paul Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance

“House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class.”

The Kalamazoo Gazette, April 01, 2014: Thousands in Kalamazoo area eligible for Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion, starting April 1

“But last week, Dooley found out that she's very likely eligible for Healthy Michigan, the state's Medicaid expansion program, which starts enrollment on Tuesday, April 1. Under Healthy Michigan, low-income residents such as Dooley will get health care at minimal out-of-pocket cost.”

The Crossville Chronicle, April 01, 2014: (Op-Ed) We the people: SNAP, health and work

“A recent letter from Representative Diane Black to me states that she voted for the farm bill (with $8 million in Food Stamp (SNAP) benefit cuts) because she, like me, is a supporter of food stamp benefits for Tennessee families who qualify. That’s a lot of families, as most recipients are families with children and the elderly. Now, recall that there was already a major cut to the food stamp program back in the fall. But for some Republicans, that was not enough.”

The Bellingham Herald, April 01, 2014: Michigan Medicaid expansion start draws 11,848

“Enrollment began Tuesday for Healthy Michigan, which extends Medicaid eligibility to adults making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $16,000 for an individual and $33,000 for a family of four.”

The Livingston Daily, March 31, 2014: Expanded Medicaid sign-up available

“Today marks the opening of Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program expected to provide health care to as many as 6,000 of Livingston County’s working poor.”

The Portland Press-Herald, March 29, 2014: Maine lawmakers send Medicaid expansion bill to LePage

“The state Senate gave final approval Friday to a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid health care program to more than 60,000 uninsured Mainers and establish a managed care system for the 320,000 current beneficiaries.”

The Bangor Daily News, March 28, 2014: Legislature gives final passage to Medicaid expansion, sends bill to LePage

“All eyes are on Republican Gov. Paul LePage after the state Senate on Friday granted final passage to a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers under the auspices of the federal Affordable Care Act.”

The Kansas City Star, March 28, 2014: The Missouri Senate and the inconvenient poor

“Republicans in the Missouri Senate came back from spring break with a harsh message for anyone holding out hope for Medicaid expansion: Nothing to see here. Move on.”

The News & Observer, March 28, 2014: Time for NC Republicans to accept ACA success, expand Medicaid

“Before the Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010, 2.7 million North Carolinians were uninsured. Businesses went bankrupt due to health insurance costs. Americans were trapped in jobs, anchored by health insurance coverage, which stifled innovation. The quality of our health care suffered compared with other countries and yet the cost of care was rising fast enough to bankrupt Medicare, Medicaid and the U.S. budget. Our hospitals were filled with patients, ill for want of affordable, comprehensive preventive care.”