Florida Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the Obama administration, accusing the CMS of unconstitutionally trying to force the state to expand Medicaid by ending funding that subsidizes hospital care for its low-income patients.
Just 251 U.S. hospitals received five stars on a new rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The new ratings are part of a broader initiative by the federal agency to use a five-star rating system to help consumers compare the quality of healthcare providers.
The CMS could save billions of dollars if it did a better job vetting Medicaid demonstration waiver applications, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Federal health officials said publicly for the first time Tuesday that they want expansion of Florida's Medicaid program as part of any deal to grant Gov. Rick Scott's request to help the state's hospitals treat poor patients.
Patient advocacy groups and Medicaid officials sharply disagree on whether HIV/AIDS patients are receiving adequate access to specialists and medications as states increasingly shift this population from traditional Medicaid to Medicaid managed care.
With time winding down in the scheduled 90-day legislative session, questions remain about whether agreement can be reached on Gov. Bill Walker's proposal to expand and reform Medicaid.
Just when supporters of Medicaid expansion were feeling disheartened, the Republican-led legislature in the rugged individualist state of Montana revived their spirits.
Montana lawmakers approved a Medicaid plan backed by the state's Democratic governor despite an aggressive campaign by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative lobbying group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers.
Bipartisan efforts continue in three states to expand Medicaid as the clock runs down on their legislative sessions. Hospital groups and other supporters face tough fights against opposition spearheaded by a Koch brothers-backed advocacy group.
Proposed regulations ensuring mental health parity in Medicaid managed-care plans promise better coverage for important services like substance-abuse counseling—at least for beneficiaries who have providers. But the CMS rules won't guarantee more providers will participate.
Draft regulations issued Monday would extend federal mental health parity protections to Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed-care plans.
Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott said he no longer supports expanding Medicaid to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act because he does not believe the federal government will keep its promise to provide funding for the new group of beneficiaries. That could scuttle Medicaid expansion...