North Carolina and Hawaii Make 10: States Advancing Medicaid/CHIP Multi-Year Continuous Eligibility for Young Children

It’s hard to keep up with the rapid progress in the number of states seeking federal approval to adopt multi-year continuous coverage for children covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Since we last took stock, North Carolina and Hawaii have proposed 1115 waivers to adopt continuous eligibility for children from birth […]

New CBO Study Explores the Long-Term Fiscal Benefits of Medicaid Coverage in Childhood

There is a large and growing body of research demonstrating the long-term benefits of Medicaid coverage during childhood and during pregnancy.  This includes better health and lower incidence of disability in adulthood, higher educational attainment, and greater earnings and intergenerational mobility.  Now, in a new working paper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has conducted an […]

Bipartisan Senate Finance Committee Legislation Includes Enhanced Medicaid Pharmacy Pricing Survey Provision

On November 8, 2023, on an unanimous 26-0 vote, the Senate Finance Committee approved the Better Mental Health Care, Lower-Cost Drugs, and Extenders Act.  The bill includes a number of Medicare and Medicaid provisions but also incorporates two sound Medicaid drug pricing provisions related to “spread pricing” in Medicaid managed care and to Medicaid pharmacy […]