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Month: October 2014

5-Slide Series

This edition of the Five Slide Series estimates the amount each states’ residents are paying for the Medicaid expansion population’s coverage – whether or not their state is participating in the coverage program. In the aggregate, we estimate that an annual financial transfer of $17 billion is occurring from the residents of the non-expansion states to the residents of the expansion states. A state not yet participating in the expansion can move its residents from collectively being large-scale net losers to a large-scale net gainers by opting to participate.


Prescriptions for a Healthy America (P4HA) released a report by the Menges Group examining how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are combatting prescription drug nonadherence.

The report highlights the efforts of several Medicaid plans and their best practices for improving prescription drug adherence

In commenting on the report’s release, Joel White, President of Prescriptions for a Healthy America made the following statement: “We believe this report is another important contribution to the growing body of evidence that finds medication adherence saves money and improves health. What’s particularly exciting are the strategies outlined in the report can be adopted, today, by Governors across the country as they seek to improve Medicaid in ways that improve patient health, lower health costs and make the health system work better for everyday Americans. We encourage Governors to take notice.”

The report’s lead author, Joel Menges, noted that: “While a large segment of the Medicaid population takes medication daily, the poverty population’s life circumstances can diminish adherence in many ways. The supportive innovations occurring in this arena are of benefit to all stakeholders.”

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