Health Care

States turn to work requirements to fight escalating Medicaid costs

Due to rapidly escalating costs and increases in enrollment, states are pursuing new ways to reform their Medicaid programs, including work requirements for certain eligible able-bodied adults.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 13, 2018
Health Care

Medicaid eating state budget, feeding national debt

Oklahoma’s medical welfare program, SoonerCare, is funded by a combination of federal and state dollars and is administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. SoonerCare expenditures as a share of total state spending have nearly tripled over the last 20 years.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 6, 2018
Health Care

Charting Oklahoma Medicaid growth over the past 20 years

In 2017, more than 1 million Oklahomans were on SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. Over the last 20 years, the state’s annual cost of the medical welfare program has increased from $536 million to more than $2.3 billion.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 5, 2018
Health Care

New Medicaid audits save taxpayers $250 million in Massachusetts

According to a new report issued by the Pioneer Institute, Massachusetts saved $250 million on administrative costs for their Medicaid program, MassHealth, by utilizing new automation methods in their audit process.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 5, 2018
Health Care

President Trump scales back Obamacare regulations, expanding health insurance choices

Recently, the Trump administration issued new regulatory guidelines regarding the use of Obamacare’s state innovation waivers. This new guidance allows Oklahoma more flexibility to potentially offer more types of health insurance plans that could increase choice and lower premiums for individuals and small businesses.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 2, 2018
Budget & Tax, Health Care

Who’s like whom?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about which of the gubernatorial candidates is most like the current governor. Let’s look at it.

Jonathan Small
October 26, 2018
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