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Kentucky aiming to revamp services for elderly
By Associated Press | September 21, 2014
Kentucky is overhauling its elderly services with the aim of stretching resources and helping aging baby boomers remain independent and live out their final years at home, rather than in an institution.
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More choice, help coming to New Hampshire healthcare market
By Associated Press | September 21, 2014
New Hampshire residents signing up for insurance under the federal healthcare law will have both more choices and more places to turn for help in November.
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Hawaii public hospitals cut while hurting for cash
By Associated Press | September 20, 2014
Public hospitals across Hawaii are finding ways to reduce staff and cut services because they don't have enough money to make ends meet.
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Medicaid cost-sharing seen as deterring enrollment
By Virgil Dickson | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Eager to get Republican-led states to expand Medicaid, the Obama administration seems increasingly willing to allow them to impose new premiums and cost-sharing on very low-income adults.
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Legislation requires hospice inspection every three years, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Legislation that requires hospice facilities to be inspected at least every three years cleared the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate last week.
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Many new Medicaid enrollees in the dark about benefits, MACPAC hears
By Virgil Dickson | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Newly enrolled Medicaid beneficiaries are receiving little to no guidance from states or managed-care plans regarding the scope of services they're eligible to receive, according to focus group findings prepared for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.
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Reform Update: Exit of PreferredOne from MNsure raises practical and political questions
By Paul Demko | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
PreferredOne was one of the biggest surprises of Obamacare's first open-enrollment period. The plan captured 59% of enrollments through Minnesota's exchange. But on Tuesday, PreferredOne delivered a new surprise: It's pulling out of the MNsure marketplace.
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Security assessment planned for HealthCare.gov, Tavenner vows
By Virgil Dickson | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS plans to perform, by the end of September, a comprehensive security assessment of Healthcare.gov to determine if any site vulnerabilities exist, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said at a congressional hearing Thursday.
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Census data puts uninsured at 13.4% in 2013, echoes Q1 reported rate
By Virgil Dickson | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Roughly 13.4% of Americans were uninsured in 2013, but comparing that with previous years of U.S. Census Bureau data isn't possible because of a change in the questions used, the bureau reported Tuesday. The 2013 uninsured level is roughly equivalent to an estimate of uninsured for the first...
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Reform Update: Premiums may prevent low-income residents from enrolling in Medicaid, experts say
By Virgil Dickson | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hungry to get holdout states to expand Medicaid, the Obama administration has been increasingly willing to allow them to impose premiums and cost-sharing on low-income residents. But policy experts generally agree that the fees will mean many newly eligible people won't enroll, and some say the...
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