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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.

Will Obama's budget offer fresh ideas or stay the course?

Will Obama's budget offer fresh ideas or stay the course?

By Paul Demko  |  January 24, 2015

President Obama has two options to flesh out healthcare spending priorities in his annual budget recommendations: Submit a status quo spending blueprint or propose new initiatives he knows Republicans will reject for the sake of shaping the healthcare debate in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

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.

CMS may use new child HCAHPS to adjust Medicaid hospital pay

CMS may use new child HCAHPS to adjust Medicaid hospital pay

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 08, 2015

The CMS this year will start to lay groundwork to base hospitals' Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program reimbursement in part on how satisfied parents and their children are with the care they receive.

Lessons from Vermont

Lessons from Vermont

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 03, 2015

Sorting through the shards of Vermont's discarded single-payer health insurance scheme reveals the plan was undone by its generosity toward patients, hospitals and physicians, not its core assumptions.

CMS official Cindy Mann's departure surprises, saddens her supporters

CMS official Cindy Mann's departure surprises, saddens her supporters

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 19, 2014

Cindy Mann's planned departure next month from her post as the CMS' deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Services (CMCS) surprised healthcare stakeholders who know her and are familiar with her work.

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