Section 1115 waivers are statutorily required to promote the key objective of the Medicaid program: to furnish medical assistance to low-income individuals. Troublingly, in recent years CMS has approved state waivers that condition eligibility on compliance with burdensome employment and administrative requirements or otherwise restrict Medicaid coverage—seemingly in conflict with the program’s aim.
Any changes to the Medicare program must aim for healthier people, better care, and smarter spending—not paying more for less. As policymakers debate the future of health care, we will provide our insights here.
Thinking ahead to Medicare's future, it’s important to modernize benefits and pursue changes that improve how people with Medicare navigate their coverage on a daily basis. Here are our evolving 30 policy goals for Medicare’s future.
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