Making Democracy Work

Health Care Committee

Advocating for Health Care

Health Care Updates

Health insurance company mergers have been blocked for now, an action intended to keep competition among plans. Federal level changes face uncertainty, which has resulted in insurance companies possibly withdrawing plans from the marketplace. Proposals include marketing across state lines. The challenge is that each state has differing rules governing insurance.

Medicaid - Both federal and state proposals for Medicaid funding would move toward block grants. Specific amounts of money would be granted to states for Medicaid programs. Rather than funding based on a state¡¦s health spending needs, a set amount of money is allocated. States would use their own funding mechanisms if Medicaid costs exceed the grant amount. A state legislature could also choose to cut services or eligibility for thousands of people.