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State of the States: Fall 2023

North Carolina breaks budget impasse over Medicaid expansion Republican lawmakers in North Carolina finally agreed on a two-year budget bill in September, breaking the six-month impasse that prevented the state’s Medicaid expansion from going into effect as scheduled on July 1. Up to 600,000 residents are expected to gain Medicaid once

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State of the States: Summer 2023

Three more states act to protect consumers from harmful copay accumulators Legislation ensuring health plan consumers have access to the lifeline that third-party copay assistance provides was signed this quarter by governors in Colorado (S.B. 195), New Mexico (S.B. 51), and Texas (H.B. 999), along with the mayor of the

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State of the States: Spring 2023

States can resume Medicaid terminations in April, but most are holding back  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has notified state Medicaid programs that the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) will formally end on May 11, 2023.  The PHE has been continuously renewed in 90-day increments since

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State of the States: Winter 2022

States win authority to restart Medicaid eligibility determinations in April The omnibus spending legislation passed late in the year by Congress will let states resume Medicaid eligibility determinations in April 2023, even if the Administration decides to continue the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) past that time. The National Association

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Word from Washington: August 2023

Advocates are responding to yet another payer-side, cost-saving scheme that harms patient access to medicine. The latest version, the

Word from Washington: July 2023

July saw mounting coverage losses from the national Medicaid unwinding. As of July 28, nearly four million people have

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Word from Washington: September 2023

On Sept. 18, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released final regulations that will make it easier for millions of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to

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Blog: Intern Introspective #7

It feels incredibly surreal to think about the fact that this is my final week at HFA this summer, and that in less than a week I will no longer

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“3, 2, 1,” counting down, I held my breath and flipped the test over. There they were – two pink lines staring up at me.

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In my family, we have always been very open about issues related to hemophilia. I already knew from a very young age that being the