Medicaid and budget issues face Wyoming Legislature

By Associated Press  |  January 25, 2015

A key Wyoming Senate committee could decide by the end of this week on the general outlines of how the state may try to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of working poor.

Anti-Medicaid expansion lawmaker criticizes radio ads

By Associated Press  |  January 24, 2015

Tennessee's State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.

Arkansas lawmakers likely to back governor on Medicaid extension

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 23, 2015

Medicaid expansion in Arkansas got the backing of the state's new Republican governor but still needs super-majorities in the state's House and Senate to survive. Legislative leaders indicate Gov. Asa Hutchinson will get his way.

New Arkansas governor wants to renew, then rethink, Medicaid expansion

New Arkansas governor wants to renew, then rethink, Medicaid expansion

By Paul Demko  |  January 22, 2015

Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on the Legislature to keep through 2016 the state's private-option approach to Medicaid expansion, backed by his Democratic predecessor, so that roughly 200,000 low-income residents won't lose access to insurance coverage.

Justices appear split on lawsuits over low Medicaid rates

Justices appear split on lawsuits over low Medicaid rates

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 20, 2015

Some U.S. Supreme Court justices are skeptical, based on questions they posed Tuesday, that healthcare providers should be allowed to sue state Medicaid agencies over low reimbursement rates. Other justices, though, asked where providers can challenge rates if not in court.

States make strides, but Medicaid sign-up tech woes continue

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 20, 2015

States have made major strides in automating their processes used to determine eligibility for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. But challenges remain in verifying user data and re-enrolling certain populations.

Arkansas faces challenge in trying to revamp Medicaid plan

Arkansas faces challenge in trying to revamp Medicaid plan

By Associated Press  |  January 18, 2015

Supporters of Arkansas' "private option" agree that keeping the state's compromise Medicaid expansion alive is going to require overhauling a program providing coverage to thousands of residents. The challenge is coming up with changes that can win the support of federal officials and skeptical...

Pennsylvania settles Medicaid payments case for $48.8 million

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 16, 2015

The state of Pennsylvania will pay the federal government $48.8 million to settle claims that it provided Medicaid and other benefits to non-citizens who should not have been covered, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

If CHIP ends, what happens to poor children's healthcare access?

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 16, 2015

A federal advisory panel next week will examine the healthcare challenges low-income children and their families will face if Congress does not renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program this year.

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