Washington as Health Reform Lab

Category Archives: Medicaid

Governor Gregoire’s comprehensive proposal for Medicaid reform has been well received in early discussions with HHS. Washington is the first state to submit to HHS‘ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation a proposal for system wide reform of how Medicaid … Continue reading

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Using CHIPRA bonus payments in advocacy

This blog was featured on Say Ahhh! Children’s Health Policy Blog, and is reposted with permission from the author. While celebrating the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act last month, I couldn’t help but think how vital CHIPRA’s passage was … Continue reading

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Heading off the perfect storm

2011 looms as a year of widening gaps in Washington’s safety net (elimination of the Basic Health Plan and coverage for 65,000+ low income people, and cuts in Medicaid covered services, including dental and vision and Part D co-pays, to … Continue reading

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Shaving the State healthcare tab

Governor Chris Gregoire laid out recommendations today to bend Washington’s healthcare cost curve by beefing up the state’s purchasing power and using it to drive better quality and more affordable care. In the policy brief outlining the recommendations, Governor Gregoire … Continue reading

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Health reform: breaking down barriers

John Masterson, CEO of Behavioral Health Resources and a former hospital administrator, talks about the ideal health delivery system and how reform might help us move in that direction. Go here for the full interview. likebot_bgcolor = ”; likebot_url = … Continue reading

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Prepping for Medicaid expansion

Kaiser has posted a new tutorial (slides and audio) on what health reform will mean for Medicaid. Sneak preview: there will be large increases in eligibility, especially in the south and west (along with increases in federal funds available to … Continue reading

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