President Donald Trump put welfare reform front-and-center Tuesday evening, signing an executive order to begin a review of federal welfare programs to ensure that they promote helping dependents out of poverty.
At least 21,000 Americans have died waiting to enroll in Medicaid, thanks in part to the expansion of the government healthcare program under Obamacare, according to a recently released report from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).
Medicaid costs for expansion enrollees increased 20 percent after two and a half years, according to a report from Avalere Health.
Medicaid expansion has enrolled twice as many able-bodied adults as what was originally projected, according to a report from the Foundation for Government Accountability.
A Wednesday hearing on the opioid crisis will examine whether Medicaid expansion has exacerbated the epidemic rather than helping to stem it.
The Trump administration has announced plans to help states implement work requirements for Medicaid.
More than one in four Americans, or 29 percent, hold off seeking medical treatment because of the cost, according to a poll from Gallup.
Health care spending in the United States increased by 4.3 percent in 2016, which was 1.5 percentage points faster than the economy grew as a whole, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission paid managed-care organizations $5,521,704 in Medicaid capitation payments after beneficiaries died, according to an audit from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.