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Founded in 1969, the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. The oldest nonprofit of its kind, NHeLP advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels. NHeLP’s lawyers and policy analysts stand up for the rights of the millions of people who struggle to access affordable, quality health care.

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  • NHeLP Examines Medicaid Health Expense Accounts

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published key takeaways and a Q&A examining states’ plans to establish health expense accounts as part of their Medicaid expansion proposals. Indiana, Michigan, and Arkansas received federal 1115 Waivers to implement health expense accounts

  • NHeLP Publishes Brief on Proposed Republican ACA-Replacement Plan

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a brief breaking down the proposed Burr-Hatch-Upton (BHU) plan introduced in Congress on February 4th. The brief notes that although the plan calls for complete repeal of the ACA, it reiterates and supports much of the ACA’s framework. However, the brief explains that the plan would lead to higher numbers of uninsured and result in significant cuts to the Medicaid program.

  • NHeLP Outlines 2015 Priorities

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published an e-newsletter outlining the organization’s top priorities and goals for 2015. The newsletter explains NHeLP’s goals and expectations for many issue areas, including: ACA implementation; Medicaid expansion; CHIP; and reproductive health.

  • KidsWell Partners Submit Comments on Arkansas Private Option

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    CCF, NHeLP: KidsWell partners, the Georgetown Center on Children and Families (CCF) and the National Health Law Program, joined 13 other national and state organizations in submitting comments to CMS regarding the Arkansas Medicaid 1115 Waiver, the “Private Option.” The comments expressed concern about the impact  premiums and co-payments will have on consumers and urged  CMS to deny the request to waive the non-emergency transportation benefit. CCF also blogged about the comments.

  • NHeLP Files Suit Against California Over Medicaid Application Delays

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program, along with five other legal services organizations and community healthcare advocates, filed a lawsuit in Superior Court accusing California of taking significantly longer than the 45-day time limit required by law to process Medi-Cal applications. The lawsuit asks the court to require the State to: determine Medi-Cal eligibility within 45 days of submission; notify applicants affected by the backlog that they can request a hearing; and provide benefits to eligible applicants while their applications are being processed.

  • NHeLP Supports Federal Court Ruling on Tennessee Medicaid Lawsuit

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release supporting a federal judge’s decision ordering Tennessee to provide hearings to residents whose Medicaid applications have been unreasonably delayed and certifying the litigation as a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit, originally filed by NHeLP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Tennessee Justice Center, alleges that Tennessee makes it unnecessarily difficult to apply for Medicaid Coverage. Elizabeth Edwards, staff attorney at NHeLP, stated, “We are pleased that Judge Campbell recognized this as a statewide problem. The law requires Medicaid applications to be processed promptly because low-income individuals and people with disabilities often have a brutal need for health care that, without TennCare coverage, they will be unable to afford.”

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter on Alternative Benefit Plans

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an e-newsletter on Alternative Benefit Plans (ABPs) that must be offered to the newly eligible Medicaid expansion population. The e-newsletter, which compliments a fact sheet published last month, discusses how states decide what benefits to include in their ABPs, noting that 19 of 27 states that are expanding Medicaid have aligned ABP benefits with Medicaid state plan benefits. 

  • NHeLP Celebrates the 49th Anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a statement in honor of Medicaid and Medicare’s 49th Anniversary. The statement applauds the programs for providing health coverage to low-income children, adults, and persons with disabilities, but notes that nearly six million people remain uninsured in states that have declined to expand Medicaid. E Jane Perkins, legal director for NHeLP stated, “…[T]ogether with Medicare, Medicaid ensures that older adults and individuals with disabilities can live full and healthy lives in their communities. They are the backbone of our safety-net and are as critical now as they were in 1965.”

  • NHeLP Issues Statement on Lawsuit Filed Against State of Tennessee

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) released a statement on the federal class action lawsuit filed against the state of Tennessee by NHeLP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Tennessee Justice Center. The lawsuit, which was filed after CMS sent state officials a letter indicating the state failed to meet six of seven critical Medicaid success factors required by the ACA, alleges that Tennessee makes it harder than any other state to apply for Medicaid coverage. Jane Perkins, legal director for NHeLP stated, “Each day that Tennessee fails to follow the law, the health and lives of more Tennesseans are put at risk. We are monitoring [Medicaid] enrollment in other states, and at this point, Tennessee is among the worst, if not the worst, offenders. The state is doing the least to help its residents obtain health insurance coverage they are qualified for and need.”

  • NHeLP Publishes Medicaid State Plan Amendments Issue Brief

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue brief on ACA-related State Plan Amendments (SPAs).  The advocates’ brief highlights important policy decisions under the SPAs.
  • NHeLP Debriefs on Premium Assistance and 1115 Waivers to Expand Medicaid

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    NHeLP: In its March newsletter, the National Health Law Program reviewed Arkansas and Iowa’s use of premium assistance and section 1115 demonstration waivers to expand Medicaid. 

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