CMS Has Granted Red States Ever-Increasing Flexibility With Medicaid. Will That Hold True When Blue States Come Knocking?

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Following the elections that flipped seven governorships, this could be a pivotal year for CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Does flexibility go to everyone or is it just for cheaper, less regulated insurance?” said Chris Sloan, a director at Avalere, a health-care consulting firm. “That has yet to be decided.” Meanwhile, Democrats want the administration to crack down on state that aren’t fully complying with Medicaid abortion rules.