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End of CHIP will spell fewer benefits, higher costs

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 27, 2015

If the Children's Health Insurance Program ended, children affected would still be able to get most, but not all, of the coverage options they have with CHIP if they buy a plan from an insurance exchange.

Hospitals bless 'doc fix' deal, but approval still dicey

Hospitals bless 'doc fix' deal, but approval still dicey

By Paul Demko  |  March 24, 2015

The House still plans to vote Thursday on a repeal of Medicare's loathed sustainable growth-rate formula. The bill unveiled Tuesday also further delays the "two-midnight rule" and details provider cuts that will partially offset the cost of the SGR fix.

Six things that could kill the SGR fix

Six things that could kill the SGR fix

By Paul Demko  |  March 21, 2015

With the March 31 deadline to act on the sustainable growth-rate formula a week away, there are at least six potential landmines that could derail the surprise $200 billion-plus deal negotiated by House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

House releases financing details on 'doc fix' deal

By Paul Demko  |  March 20, 2015

The chairs of the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees introduced legislation late Friday filling in the details of the $200 billion-plus deal to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula.

House, Senate leaders unveil permanent 'doc fix' bills

House, Senate leaders unveil permanent 'doc fix' bills

By Paul Demko  |  March 19, 2015

Congressional leaders have announced a bipartisan, bicameral deal to permanently repeal Medicare's loathed sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors. Unclear for now, though, is the fate of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

King case, CHIP uncertainty cloud future of kid coverage

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 18, 2015

Roughly 1.9 million children could lose health insurance coverage depending on the outcome of the King v. Burwell case and whether Congress reauthorizes the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Proposed SGR repeal deal includes provider, benefit cuts

By Paul Demko  |  March 14, 2015

A proposed congressional “doc fix” deal being discussed last Friday looked as if it would include a permanent repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula and a two-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program with a total cost exceeding $200 billion.

Emerging 'doc fix' deal includes only a partial cost offset

Emerging 'doc fix' deal includes only a partial cost offset

By Paul Demko  |  March 13, 2015

A proposed congressional "doc fix" deal will include a permanent repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula and a two-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program with a total cost exceeding $200 billion.

House, Senate introduce bills to extend CHIP

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 14, 2015

Both the House and Senate have introduced bills to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program, which is on track to expire Sept. 30.

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.

3.2 million newly eligible adults joined Medicaid in early 2014

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 26, 2015

The CMS is taking a deep data dive into Medicaid enrollment data to uncover just how many new adults have joined the state programs since the Affordable Care Act motivated many states to expand eligibility last year.

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