Arkansas governor shrinks the 'no' caucus on Medicaid

By Associated Press  |  January 31, 2015

Winning over a coalition of supporters of Arkansas' private option and lawmakers who were ushered into office on vows to kill it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson cleared a major hurdle in his plan to continue the program while looking at longer term changes.

Wisconsin's Walker boasts of Medicaid program as he eyes presidential run

Wisconsin's Walker boasts of Medicaid program as he eyes presidential run

By Paul Demko  |  January 31, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker argued that his state's approach to Medicaid expansion is an innovative solution that could serve as a blueprint for other states. Under Wisconsin's program, individuals with incomes up to 100% of the federal poverty level are eligible for benefits. While he ended a...

Indiana's Medicaid expansion waiver raises lockout concerns

Indiana's Medicaid expansion waiver raises lockout concerns

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 31, 2015

The Obama administration's decision to approve Indiana's conservative Medicaid expansion proposal opens the door for other Republican-led states to offer similar plans that lock low-income residents out of coverage or reduce their benefits if they don't pay their premiums.

Data Points for Feb. 2, 2015

Data Points for Feb. 2, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 31, 2015

Data Points for the week of Feb. 2, 2015, covered the following topics: medical costs for chronic conditions, cervical cancer, Medicaid, coordinated care

Uninsured don’t know about subsidies, Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 29, 2015

Additional outreach about insurance marketplace premium subsidies and expanded eligibility standards for Medicaid is needed to reach the uninsured, a Kaiser Family Foundation study suggests.

Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 27, 2015

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and HHS have reached an agreement on the state's Medicaid expansion proposal submitted in July, according to CMS spokesman Aaron Albright. As many as 350,000 people could gain coverage as a result.

3.2 million newly eligible adults joined Medicaid in early 2014

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 26, 2015

The CMS is taking a deep data dive into Medicaid enrollment data to uncover just how many new adults have joined the state programs since the Affordable Care Act motivated many states to expand eligibility last year.

Medicaid and budget issues face Wyoming Legislature

By Associated Press  |  January 25, 2015

A key Wyoming Senate committee could decide by the end of this week on the general outlines of how the state may try to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of working poor.

Anti-Medicaid expansion lawmaker criticizes radio ads

By Associated Press  |  January 24, 2015

Tennessee's State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.

Arkansas lawmakers likely to back governor on Medicaid extension

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 23, 2015

Medicaid expansion in Arkansas got the backing of the state's new Republican governor but still needs super-majorities in the state's House and Senate to survive. Legislative leaders indicate Gov. Asa Hutchinson will get his way.

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