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.

Oregon sues Oracle over Medicaid enrollment system

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 19, 2015

Oregon is again suing the technology company that built its failed insurance exchange because the contractor now wants to bow out of running Oregon's Medicaid enrollment system before the state is ready to switch to a new one.

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...

Illinois governor proposes $1.5 billion in Medicaid cuts

Illinois governor proposes $1.5 billion in Medicaid cuts

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 18, 2015

Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday proposed cuts of $1.5 billion to his state's Medicaid program, saying the state will become more aggressive in ferreting out current Medicaid recipients who do not actually qualify for the program.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigns

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigns

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 13, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a former emergency medicine physician, has resigned amid allegations he steered consulting contracts toward his fiancee. Kitzhaber has steadfastly denied those allegations.

Quest to extend CHIP gets powerful backing from Clinton, Frist

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 13, 2015

Both the House and Senate have introduced bills to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), now scheduled to expire Sept. 30 and at least two major political voices have joined the chorus asking for the program's extension.

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