Minnesota captured the top overall ranking in a recent state-by-state dental health report card compiled by a popular consumer website.
Meanwhile, Mississippi came in dead last.
WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 different metrics and crunched data garnered from federal and nonprofit sources for its 2018 States with the Best & Worst Dental Health report. Continue reading
Medicaid work requirements going into effect in at least a handful of states will only affect the “able-bodied.” But precisely what does that mean?
Emily Badger and Margot Sanger-Katz unpack that term, as well as “deserving poor.” They say in“Who’s Able-Bodied Anyway?” for The New York Times’ Upshot blog, that the “able-bodied” are defined by what they are not – “ not disabled, not elderly, not children, not pregnant, not blind.”
Even so, this is a mushy label – more political than scientific. Continue reading
The Trump administration opened the door to requiring work rules for recipients of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled. While such changes will inevitably affect some people’s access to the government coverage, it remains unclear what impact it could have on their actual health.
New York Times’ Margot Sanger-Katz took a look to see if, just like with higher income, requiring work would improve health. Continue reading
The Trump administration in January gave a long-expected approval for states to proceed with work requirements for their Medicaid beneficiaries, via this guidance; Kentucky was the first to get its waiver approved and other states have waiver requests at various stages in the process.
That includes Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, Utah, Wisconsin. Also, North Carolina could add work requirements for its potential Medicaid expansion population if the state’s Democratic governor ever gets expansion through the GOP-dominated legislature. Continue reading
More and more states are offering Medicaid managed care, with more than half of all Medicaid beneficiaries now receiving their care this way, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
And it’s growing, not only in numbers of people served and the areas it serves, but also the complexity of beneficiaries’ health statuses. Continue reading