Kaiser Health News – AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes
States are making tepid progress helping millions of elderly and disabled people on Medicaid avoid costly nursing home care by arranging home or community services for them instead, according to an AARP report released Wednesday. “Although most states have experienced modest improvements over time, the pace of change is not keeping up with demographic demands,” said the report, which compared states’ efforts to improve long-term care services over the past several years.

STAT – 5 people, including Michigan health chief, charged in Flint
Five people, including the head of Michigan’s health department, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires’ disease. Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking member of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration to be snagged in a criminal investigation of how Flint’s water system became poisoned after officials tapped the Flint river in 2014.

NPR – Medicaid cuts in Wisconsin would undermine training for adults with disabilities
“We help men and women become the men and women they were meant to be,” says Donna Ellenbecker, director of Our Place, a day center for adults with disabilities. But she’s worried about the Republican plan to overhaul Medicaid.

Health Affairs Blog – The American Health Care Act could chip away at the Medicare Savings Program
The American Health Care Act is not just an alarming, slapdash effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — it’s also a plan to radically weaken Medicaid, our nation’s health care safety net. Indeed, the U.S. House-passed bill’s most dramatic savings — $834 billion according to Congressional Budget Office estimates — are achieved by slashing federal funding to Medicaid, which provides health coverage to nearly 75 million low-income Americans, and undoing the program’s basic guarantee.