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Expansion of Medicaid offers benefits far beyond improving access to care

Expansion of Medicaid offers benefits far beyond improving access to care

By Dr. Georges Benjamin  |  July 25, 2015

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act of 1965 establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Much has been written about the future of Medicare; but Medicaid, now our largest public insurance program, has become a lightning rod for debate.

Funding source or transformation tool? CMS, states disagree

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 15, 2015

State officials have come to view a Medicaid hospital-improvement initiative primarily as a source of supplemental payments for the providers, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.

UnitedHealth, other insurers see revenue rise in 2014

By Michael Sandler  |  June 13, 2015

UnitedHealth Group saw an upsurge in its government business as it topped Modern Healthcare's list of the largest publicly traded health insurance companies in 2014. Nearly all of insurers on the list enjoyed an increase in total revenue in 2014 compared with the previous year.

States and insurers need time, money to cement mental-health parity rules

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 12, 2015

States and major insurance companies say they need more time to implement new rules meant to offer better coverage of mental-health and substance-abuse treatment to those in Medicaid managed-care plans. The implications are huge for a population that struggles to get care, especially for...

New CMS rule could reshape Medicaid managed care

New CMS rule could reshape Medicaid managed care

By Virgil Dickson and Bob Herman  |  May 30, 2015

It's not yet clear whether a sweeping proposed rule governing Medicaid managed care will resolve coverage and access problems for the growing number of low-income adults and children in private Medicaid plans. But it's likely that there will be political jockeying over many of its provisions.

CMS signals change in stance over Florida Medicaid waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

The CMS is appearing to blink in its stare-down with Florida over Medicaid expansion. The agency informed state officials last week that it tentatively plans to renew a waiver that has provided Florida billions in supplemental Medicaid funding to help hospitals with uncompensated-care costs.

Medicaid a lifeline for the poor and disabled

Medicaid a lifeline for the poor and disabled

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

Before Medicaid was established, low-income Americans had limited access to healthcare, relying heavily on charity care and public hospitals. "To be old and poor and sick was to suffer and to die prematurely,” said Trish Riley of the National Academy for State Health Policy.

CMS blinks in Medicaid stare down with Florida

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 21, 2015

The CMS is appearing to blink in its stare down with Florida over Medicaid expansion. The agency informed state officials that it tentatively plans to renew a waiver that has provided Florida billions in supplemental Medicaid funding to help hospitals with uncompensated-care costs.

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