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What To Expect When You’Re Expecting…Tanf-Style Medicaid Waivers, Laura D. Hermer Jan 2018

What To Expect When You’Re Expecting…Tanf-Style Medicaid Waivers, Laura D. Hermer

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Many health policy scholars believe that Medicaid, the federal-state coverage program for lower-income Americans, should remain free from welfare reform trappings such as work requirements that are extraneous to the program. It would seem such requirements would be both inappropriate and counterproductive to the goals of Medicaid. Given the high probability that such requirements will, at least at some level, go into effect during the Trump administration, it bears considering what to expect. What evidence, if any, suggests that imposing welfare reform-style requirements on certain Medicaid beneficiaries will yield harmful results to those beneficiaries, or harmful to Medicaid’s programmatic ...


Independence Is The New Health, Laura D. Hermer Jan 2018

Independence Is The New Health, Laura D. Hermer

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Medicaid plays key roles in supporting our nation’s health. Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid took an even more central position in public health endeavors by extending coverage in all interested states to millions of adults who typically fell through the health care cracks. Nevertheless, the Trump administration is now undoing these gains by actively encouraging states to curtail access to Medicaid in key respects while using the rhetoric of health.

This article examines Trump administration efforts in two contexts: (1) state § 1115 waiver applications seeking to better align their Medicaid programs with cash welfare and food stamp programs ...


Medicaid: Welfare Program Of Law Resort, Or Safety Net?, Laura D. Hermer Jan 2018

Medicaid: Welfare Program Of Law Resort, Or Safety Net?, Laura D. Hermer

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On The Expansion Of “Health” And “Welfare” Under Medicaid, Laura Hermer Jan 2016

On The Expansion Of “Health” And “Welfare” Under Medicaid, Laura Hermer

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Medicaid was intended from its inception to provide financial access to health care for certain categories of impoverished Americans. While rooted in historical welfare programs, it was meant to afford the "deserving" poor access to the same sort of health care that other, wealthier Americans received. Yet despite this seemingly innocuous and laudable purpose, it has become a front in the political and social battles waged over the last several decades on the issues of welfare and the safety net. The latest battleground pits competing visions of Medicaid. One vision seeks to transform Medicaid from a health care program into ...


On The Uneasy Relationship Between Medicaid And Charity Care, Laura D. Hermer, Merle Lenihan Jan 2014

On The Uneasy Relationship Between Medicaid And Charity Care, Laura D. Hermer, Merle Lenihan

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Medicaid and charity care have a lengthy relationship fraught with complications. These complications will remain and in some respects become even more acute following the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

This article focuses on the uneasy relationship between Medicaid and charity care, one that becomes particularly acute in the context of Medicaid reimbursement. It traces the lineage of Medicaid in charity, and uses Medicaid reimbursement and supplemental payments as lenses through which to examine the relationship between Medicaid and charity care. The tension that we uncover will need to be resolved if Medicaid is to come ...


Rationalizing Home And Community-Based Services Under Medicaid, Laura Hermer Jan 2014

Rationalizing Home And Community-Based Services Under Medicaid, Laura Hermer

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This article examines efforts states are making to expand access to community-based services for elderly and disabled Medicaid beneficiaries and suggests several options that might improve such access nationally. Like much of Medicaid, Medicaid long term services and supports (LTSS) have developed through a complex process of accretion. Policymakers appear only rarely to have considered an overarching view of such services and the needs of those who require them. Rationalizing Medicaid LTSS will accordingly require not only additions but also substantial pruning, and may even warrant a reconsideration of who should have ultimate authority to develop and direct such services ...