Reform Update: States that did not expand Medicaid may see higher premiums, industry experts say

By Virgil Dickson Some industry experts are warning that states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could see higher insurance premiums next year as hospitals continue to shift the costs of uncompensated care to private insurers. Read more…
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Reform Update: Virginia ponders Medicaid ‘private option’ alternative as Arkansas rethinks it

By Virgil Dickson Virginia’s Democratic-controlled state Senate is floating an alternative path to help up to 400,000 low-income residents get healthcare coverage without the state formally expanding its Medicaid program. Read more…
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Reform Update: CMS creates workarounds to ensure Medicaid coverage

By Virgil Dickson Faced with the reality that HealthCare.gov still has limited ability to transmit completed Medicaid applications to state agencies, the CMS has come up with two new workarounds to ensure people get covered. Read more…
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Attention Likely to Shift to Health Law

By Louise Radnofsky & Christopher Weaver The end of Washington’s budget showdown is likely to shift attention back to President Barack Obama’s health law and its rocky rollout, news of which was sometimes submerged in the past 16 days of struggle. Read more…
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Maine to Allow Prescription-Drug Imports

By: Jennifer Levitz & Timothy W Martin AUGUSTA, Maine—The hunt for cheaper prescription drugs long has led consumers to reach beyond U.S. borders, but under a Maine law set to take effect Wednesday, their search now will have the state’s blessing. Read More..
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Kan. gov. has no plans to slow Medicaid overhaul

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Republican Gov. Sam Brownback won’t delay an overhaul of Medicaid in Kansas, officials said Thursday, despite bipartisan concern among legislators that his administration is moving too quickly to turn the entire program over to private health insurance
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