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January 11, 2019

Friday Five: Will the government shutdown mean millions go without food stamps?

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the potential impact of the government shutdown on food stamps, the Veteran Administration’s call for assistance, what to expect from Medicaid in 2019, staff changes at CMS, in addition to local and state level efforts to expand healthcare coverage.

January 04, 2019

Friday Five: Artificial intelligence - How soon will it transform customer service?

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicaid, final open enrollment numbers, social determinants of health, how artificial intelligence can change customer service, and the global impact of blockchain.

December 21, 2018

Friday Five: ACA ruled unconstitutional, but it won’t impact health insurance in 2019

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the legal status of the Affordable Care Act, how states are addressing social determinants of health, the budget impact of potential changes to Medicare and Medicaid, a new child support formula in Ohio, and the Department of Veterans Affairs online patient portal hits a milestone.

December 14, 2018

Friday Five: More U.S. children lack health insurance for the first time in a decade

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about rising numbers of children without health insurance, funding for Section 1332 waivers, government technology improvements, apprenticeship programs, and healthcare spending.

December 07, 2018

Friday Five: Recent Medicaid expansion mostly in northern and western states

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about anticipated changes to SNAP, funding for child care assistance, work requirements in New Hampshire, the coverage gap in southern states, and an IRS pilot for IT modernization.

November 30, 2018

Friday Five: With two weeks left in open enrollment, participants find costs for many ACA plans are lower than 2018

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Affordable Care Act premium costs, North Carolina’s Medicaid waiver approval, potential Medicaid expansion in 2020, and administrative changes to the SNAP program.

November 16, 2018

Friday Five: States with Medicaid waivers can fund mental health, substance abuse, and supportive housing services

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicaid funding for mental health treatment and supportive housing, changes to network adequacy standards, the impact of the midterm election on healthcare, and how SNAP benefits veterans.

November 09, 2018

Friday Five: Midterm election results will increase number of individuals eligible for Medicaid

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about how the midterm results will impact Medicaid, early numbers for open enrollment, and a cost of living increase for seniors and veterans.

November 02, 2018

Friday Five: States experiment with Medicaid, including work requirements, managed care & addressing social needs

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about another state approved for work requirements, addressing employment issues caused by opioid addiction, using Medicaid funds for more than healthcare, and tips for this open enrollment season.

October 26, 2018

Friday Five: Government agencies are using blockchain effectively, but struggling to communicate in plain language

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about changes to the insurance waiver process, opioid grant spending among states, Medicaid ballot initiatives, and recent reports on how government agencies are using blockchain effectively but communicating poorly with the public.

October 19, 2018

Friday Five: States to have major impact on healthcare through decisions on Medicaid expansion & opioid legislation implementation

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading profiles of the populations impacted by work requirements, how midterm elections could affect Medicaid expansion, ways to increase child support payments, how leveraging new federal opioid legislation can improve outcomes, and a MAXIMUS Federal executive recognized for industry leadership.

October 12, 2018

Friday Five: Senate unites to address the opioids crisis; states struggle with increased need for home healthcare

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about bipartisan opioids legislation, the shortage of home healthcare workers, a toolkit for improving human services outcomes, plus an acquisition that will expand our federal call center business.

October 05, 2018

Friday Five: State Medicaid programs expanding long-term care funding to home and community-based options, not just nursing homes

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about a workforce program for addiction recovery support, Medicaid state facts, the increased shift to home and community-based care, and the important role of contact centers.

September 28, 2018

Friday Five: Medicaid expansion lowers uninsured rate in rural areas, but also impacts spending

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicaid spending, digital government services, the uninsured rate in rural communities, and how Medicaid waivers could impact delivery reform efforts.

September 21, 2018

Friday Five: New options for improving government technology; SNAP waivers to aid NC recipients impacted by the storm

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about background checks for Medicaid providers, how housing plays a role in health outcomes, extending SNAP benefits to those affected by Florence, and improving technology within government agencies.

September 14, 2018

Friday Five: Funding options for long-term care may expand; while funding for ACA navigators is cut

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about funding for long-term care, SNAP eligibility, how RPA and AI could impact the federal workforce, and how a decrease in navigator funding could affect ACA enrollment.

September 07, 2018

Friday Five: Fall elections could shape Medicaid; safety net spending not just for the poor

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about bots streamlining government services, how the November elections will impact Medicaid, who receives safety net funding, and how states compare on long-term services and supports.

August 31, 2018

Friday Five: Pilot programs test approaches to addressing substance abuse and child support underpayment

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about pilot programs for substance abuse treatment and employment assistance, the use of bots for customer service or repetitive tasks, and an anticipated surge in fourth quarter government spending.

August 24, 2018

Friday Five: CMS improving efforts to prevent Medicaid fraud & reducing approval time for waivers

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about how Medicaid impacts opioid treatment, reduced wait times for waiver approvals, program integrity recommendations, increasing SNAP income eligibility, and government social media efforts.

August 17, 2018

Friday Five: Partial Medicaid expansion would cause loss of coverage; federal agencies should streamline paperwork required from the public

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the impact of partial Medicaid expansion, the legality of Medicaid work requirements, SNAP, healthcare concerns among voters, and the burden of government paperwork requirements.

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