Illinois bill would require audit of Medicaid insurers

By Bob Herman  |  May 19, 2016

Many lawmakers in Illinois, a state that has been operating without a budget since last July, want to audit Medicaid managed-care insurers to ensure payments and patient outcomes are living up to expectations.

Georgia eyes Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 18, 2016

In an effort to better provide healthcare to Georgia's exploding population and as a way to balance the state's budget, conservative lawmakers are renewing temporary Medicaid payment increases and looking at expanding the program, according to a Republican state Senate leader.

Docs say states are making calculated cuts to Medicaid rates

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 18, 2016

In a letter to the CMS, the American Medical Association and other physician associations say they believe states may be dropping their rates now in anticipation of new rules that require the states to assess how payments affect access to care.

In surprising turnabout, Oklahoma eyes Medicaid expansion

By Associated Press  |  May 16, 2016

In what would be the grandest about-face among rightward leaning states, Oklahoma is now moving toward a plan to expand its Medicaid program to bring in billions of federal dollars from President Barack Obama's new healthcare system.

California governor preserves Medi-Cal funding in budget trims

California governor preserves Medi-Cal funding in budget trims

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 13, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown trimmed the state's proposed budget for fiscal 2017 after projecting a decrease in tax revenue for the coming year, but awarded more money for value-based payment initiatives and behavioral health programs.

CMS preps Medicaid agencies on MACRA ID change

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 06, 2016

The CMS has started making biweekly calls to state Medicaid agencies to ensure that their information technology systems are ready to handle the 60 million new identification cards the agency is preparing to send out to Medicare beneficiaries, including those dually eligible for both Medicaid and...

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