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Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion may prove costly for patients
By Virgil Dickson | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Medicaid agreement between the Obama administration and Gov. Tom Corbett will extend coverage to more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians, but advocates for the state's low-income residents expressed concern over some concessions the CMS made to get another Republican-led state to expand the program.
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Facing premium ratio rule, insurers invest in technology
By Beth Kutscher | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health insurers, now required to spend the majority of their premium revenue on patient care, are looking for higher profit returns in businesses other than health insurance. As a result, many are investing in technology ventures.
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Obamacare's political turning point
By Harris Meyer, Managing editor | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
We've come to a fascinating point in the Obamacare political battle where Republican candidates aren't sure they still want to attack Democrats over the law, and Democrats still aren't sure they want to claim credit for it.
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Arkansas Medicaid expansion credited for lower disability claims
By Paul Demko | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The number of Arkansas residents signing up for federal Supplemental Security Income benefits has dropped 19% since October 2013, which some state officials are attributing to expanded Medicaid eligibility.
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Prove legal residence or lose Obamacare coverage
By Paul Demko | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
More than 300,000 people could lose their exchange plan coverage this month if they don't send the CMS additional documentation proving their citizenship or legal immigration status by Sept. 5.
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To disclose CME payments or not to disclose, that is the question
By Jaimy Lee | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Physicians and industry groups have until Sept. 2 to make their case that drug- and device-company payments made through accredited continuing medical education programs should not be publicly reported under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.
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Reform Update: Healthcare interests spending big in Calif. fight over premium regulation
By Paul Demko | August 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Normally, backers of a ballot initiative that polls show has support from 7 out of 10 registered voters could sit back and start planning their victory party. But that's not the case with California's health insurance-focused Proposition 45.
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Information
Pennsylvania becomes 27th state to expand Medicaid
By Associated Press | August 28, 2014
A half-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get federally funded health insurance after HHS approved the state's plan to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010 federal healthcare law, officials said Thursday.
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Open Payments site scheduled for more downtime; complaints continue
By Darius Tahir | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The troubled Open Payments Act website is encountering a bit more turbulence. The CMS announced Thursday that it plans upcoming outages for the site and that downtime would be used for “scheduled maintenance upgrades.”
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Vital Signs
Expanding economy got little help from healthcare in last quarter
By Melanie Evans | August 28, 2014
The national economy grew more robustly than was believed a month ago, but the expansion owed little to health spending—at least according to the latest estimates of the evolving picture of U.S. economic growth and demand for healthcare as millions gained insurance.
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