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Medicaid cancer patients receive subpar care

Medicaid cancer patients receive subpar care

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 07, 2016

Cancer patients with Medicaid coverage receive poorer quality and less healthcare than those with employer-sponsored, Medicare or other private insurance. Medicaid benefits vary from state by state and experts say that inequality will likely grow under the Trump administration.

Trump's CMS pick is viewed as both patient advocate and foe

Trump's CMS pick is viewed as both patient advocate and foe

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 29, 2016

Verma has supported charging premiums to individuals above and below the poverty line and freezing beneficiaries out of coverage if they don't pay. But she could prove to be a knowledgeable ally to states looking to better control their Medicaid dollars.

Trump win sinks effort to expand Medicaid in Nebraska

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2016

Nebraska lawmakers who have fought for years to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law are backing off their effort now that Donald Trump has won the presidential race and Republicans held their majority in Congress.

Heath advocates: Kentucky Medicaid changes could affect diabetes care

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2016

Kentucky's dentists and optometrists asked Gov. Matt Bevin's administration not to remove dental and vision coverage from basic Medicaid benefits. But the state is allowing benefits for only the first three months of Medicaid coverage.

CMS survey of patients under MIPS not likely to shed light

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 18, 2016

The CMS next year will ask Medicare beneficiaries how their providers are doing under new payment models aimed at improving the quality of care while lowering cost. But critics say it's not likely to help consumers.

WellCare caps legal expenses for former execs in fraud case

By Bob Herman  |  November 16, 2016

WellCare Health Plans has entered agreements that cap costly legal expenses for two former top executives convicted of defrauding Medicaid in a case that started nearly a decade ago. The settlements also allow the executives to cash in stock.

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