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Medicaid expansion hits Deep South

Medicaid expansion hits Deep South

By Harris Meyer  |  June 18, 2016

While Obamacare supporters welcome Louisiana's Medicaid expansion, it remains to be seen if private providers will join with traditional safety net providers in delivering their care since the cash-strapped state isn't raising its abysmally low Medicaid pay rates.

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to step down

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to step down

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 04, 2016

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli—who defended the Affordable Care Act in several major Supreme Court cases—will step down as of June 24. His principal deputy, Ian Gershengorn, will replace him as acting solicitor general.

Facing budget ax, Louisiana hospitals welcome looming Medicaid expansion

Facing budget ax, Louisiana hospitals welcome looming Medicaid expansion

By Harris Meyer  |  June 01, 2016

One of the nation's poorest, least-insured and unhealthiest states is launching a major effort to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents. Healthcare providers there say it can't happen soon enough. And Republican lawmakers aren't standing in the way.

Senators seek lawmakers' focus on mental health reform

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 21, 2016

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) hope a gathering of mental health professionals this week will remind their fellow legislators that time is running out to reform the country's mental health system.

Dr. Benjamin's successful advocacy targets population health

Dr. Benjamin's successful advocacy targets population health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 16, 2016

It's been nearly three years since former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin stepped away from the public eye as the nation's top doctor. As the driving force behind the creation of the White House's National Prevention Strategy, she worked to reduce preventable illness as a means of...

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