Utah House panel votes down governor's Medicaid plan

By Associated Press  |  March 05, 2015

Lawmakers in Utah's House of Representatives rejected Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid plan on Wednesday night and instead pushed forward their own alternative proposal to help some of the state's poor get health insurance.

Utah House agrees to hear governor's Medicaid plan

By Associated Press  |  March 04, 2015

Utah's Republican-controlled House of Representatives has reversed course and decided to consider Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid plan, despite comments from the Republican House speaker that the measure had no support and would not be heard.

Pennsylvania faces bumps in switch from alternative Medicaid expansion

Pennsylvania faces bumps in switch from alternative Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 03, 2015

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf started working to deliver on a campaign promise soon after taking office: unwinding his GOP predecessor's alternative Medicaid expansion. Some providers and patient advocates are concerned about collateral damage as 200,000 enrollees switch plans.

Florida hospitals, businesses push Medicaid expansion as cuts loom

By Associated Press  |  February 28, 2015

Florida is scheduled to lose $1 billion in federal health funds at the end of June, a hole in the state budget the Legislature must fill in its upcoming session if a settlement isn't reached between the administrations of Gov. Rick Scott and President Barack Obama.

Data Points for March 2, 2015

Data Points for March 2, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Data Points for the week of March 2, 2015, covered the following topics: Medicaid, Medicare, heart attack care and ICD-10 implementation

Affordable Care Act's benefits for hospitals aren't yet clear

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 27, 2015

Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are seeing a sharp drop in charity care and an increase in admissions. But hospitals in general are seeing higher-acuity patients and losing out to lower-cost providers for less-complex care.

Utah Medicaid expansion hits dead end

By Associated Press  |  February 26, 2015

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's trimmed-down plan for expanding Medicaid appears to have hit a dead end at the state Capitol.

Iowa opens Medicaid program to managed-care bidding

By Bob Herman  |  February 24, 2015

Two health insurers already operating in Iowa have indicated they will bid on Iowa's new proposal to outsource its $4.2 billion Medicaid program to managed-care companies. It's the latest state move to privatize the health insurance program for low-income Americans.

Slavitt builds his CMS leadership team

Slavitt builds his CMS leadership team

By Darius Tahir  |  February 23, 2015

CMS interim leader Andy Slavitt apparently is putting together his senior team as the departure of Administrator Marilyn Tavenner draws closer.

Florida scrambles to fill Medicaid budget hole after CMS nixes low-income pool

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 19, 2015

The CMS will not renew a Medicaid waiver in Florida expiring at the end of June that provides more than $1 billion a year to help the state's hospitals with uncompensated-care costs for low-income and uninsured patients. That may put additional pressure on Florida Republican leaders to consider...

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