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The Medicaid Expansion in Michigan Needs to Get Done Now

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on June 17, 2013

Editor's Note: This column previously appeared in Bridge Magazine.

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The Disconnect Between Health and Mental Health

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on May 20, 2013

Editor's Note: This column previously appeared in Bridge Magazine.

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The Bitter Pill: Time Magazine's Story on Health Care Costs

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on March 25, 2013

Steven Brill’s article on health care costs in the March 4 issue of Time magazine is the talk of the town in health care. While journalists have generally praised the piece, reactions from those in health care have been mixed. The American Hospital Association critiqued a number of Brill’s major points in a fact sheet, Setting the Record Straight on TIME’s Article “Bitter Pill.”

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A Medicaid Expansion for Michigan: The Facts Speak for Themselves

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on February 4, 2013

The Supreme Court’s June 2012 decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act made the Medicaid expansion—a cornerstone of the coverage expansion included in the law—an option rather than a requirement for states. To help Michigan policy makers make an informed decision on that expansion, we published a brief on the economic impact of the Medicaid expansion in Michigan. That brief noted under the most likely scenario, Michigan would save almost $1 billion over 10 years if it chose to expand Medicaid as contemplated in the ACA.

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It’s the Math: The Medicaid Expansion in Michigan

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on October 15, 2012

In many respects, the Affordable Care Act is a law about health care coverage. It is designed to expand coverage, mostly by using two tools: (1) the requirement for individuals to have/purchase health coverage or face tax penalties (known as the individual mandate), and (2) the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to all with incomes at or below 138 percent of poverty.

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Asking the right question about "two-tiered" care

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on October 1, 2012

When we think of two-tiered care in America, we most often think of the “haves” and “have nots”: those who are covered by health insurance and those who are not. But there is a different way to look at this question, and it may take being outside the U.S. to see it that way.

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The Lesser Known Parts of the ACA and Medicaid

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on August 20, 2012

Since the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the discussion about Medicaid has largely focused on a choice states now have: whether or not to expand coverage to those at or below 138 percent of poverty. This issue is extremely important because of the impact it could have on those who are uninsured today.

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Health Care Quality and Cost Improvement: State-based approaches can’t go it alone

Posted by Kevin L. Seitz on September 26, 2011

It is difficult to find an issue that is more politically contentious than health care; particularly the policy changes and programs that are needed to assure that Americans have access to needed care.  The liberal position tends to see health care as a right, and seeks a strong centralized public role in assuring that all Americans have access to the same kinds of benefits and care.  The conservative position sees fiscal and personal responsibility as the top priorities; tending to favor decentralized, private market solutions.

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The Schizophrenia of Health Care Spending: Cost to Some and Revenue to Others

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on September 6, 2011

In early August, when the debt ceiling agreement was reached, many news reports noted the agreement did nothing to address core reasons for the debt, namely: Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Indeed, nearly every article written about the debt ceiling talked about the need to “deal with” (aka: cut) Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

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Medicaid and Block Grants: Social Justice and What the Great Welfare Experiment Can Teach Us

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Posted by Marianne Udow-Phillips on August 22, 2011

Recently, 29 Republican governors sent a letter to the President and Congress advocating for more flexibility in the Medicaid program and a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The principles endorsed by these 29 governors (which notably did not include Governor Snyder of Michigan) essentially supported the concept of a block grant for the Medicaid program.

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