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GOP lawmakers eye cuts in 'optional' Medicaid benefits

GOP lawmakers eye cuts in 'optional' Medicaid benefits

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 13, 2017

Two Republican committee chairmen want Congress to consider cutting “optional” Medicaid eligibility and benefit categories as a way to control the growth of Medicaid spending.

Missouri lawmakers seek to convert Medicaid to block grant

By Associated Press  |  January 11, 2017

Some Republican lawmakers in Missouri are proposing to overhaul the state's Medicaid system without waiting for President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress to act first.

Concerns in Ohio mount over any repeal of federal health law

By Associated Press  |  January 11, 2017

Ohio advocates of the federal health care law targeted by President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans said Wednesday that repeal would jeopardize insurance coverage for as many as 1 million Ohioans by 2019 and hurt families and businesses.

CMS issues final rules for home health agencies

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  January 09, 2017

In setting standards for home health agencies to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, the federal agency took steps to bolster patients' rights and drive coordinated, patient-centered care.

GOP governors face uphill battle to spare Medicaid expansion from repeal

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 05, 2017

An effort by Republican governors of Medicaid expansion states to convince congressional Republicans that the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion is worth keeping is unlikely to influence their drive to repeal the ACA and that coverage expansion, Republican experts say.

Obamacare repeal would cost New York $3.7 billion

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  January 05, 2017

An Affordable Care Act repeal would result in 2.7 million New Yorkers losing healthcare coverage and would punch a $3.7 billion hole in the state budget, according to figures released Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

NC governor pledges to expand Medicaid, despite state law

By Associated Press  |  January 04, 2017

North Carolina's new Democratic governor says he'll seek to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, even though a state law prevents him from seeking expansion unilaterally.

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