States looking to cap hospital rates

Some states are trying to control health care costs by tying hospital payments in their state employee health plans to the amounts Medicare pays, Kaiser Health News reports.

Details: States experimenting with these measures include North Carolina, Montana, Oregon and potentially, Delaware.

Medicaid work requirements aren't boosting work in Arkansas

HHS Secretary Alex Azar sits and talks in a brown leather chair, pointing his index finger at the ceiling.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Photo: Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images

When Arkansas became the first state to enforce work requirements in its Medicaid program, thousands lost their coverage. Most of those people haven't found jobs, according to an analysis of state data by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and are still uninsured.

Why it matters: The Trump administration has argued that work requirements will help people get off of the government program and into the workforce — part of a broader reframing of Medicaid as more of a welfare program than a source of insurance.

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