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eHealth has high hopes for next open enrollment period

By Paul Demko  |  November 01, 2014

eHealth is hoping to be a much bigger player when the exchanges re-open for business Nov. 15. During the first open-enrollment period, eHealth and other online brokers were largely unable to sign up people who qualified for subsidies because of technological problems.

Arkansas' Medicaid expansion may hinge on election results

Arkansas' Medicaid expansion may hinge on election results

By Paul Demko  |  November 01, 2014

Harmony Health Clinic, a free clinic that serves only uninsured people with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level, has seen a sharp drop in its patient population since Arkansas implemented its Medicaid expansion this year.

MACPAC unsure about extending higher Medicaid pay rates

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 31, 2014

Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) say there is not enough data on the impact of increasing Medicaid payment rates for primary-care services to recommend that Congress extend the provision.

Narrow-network hospital choices difficult to decipher

By Bob Herman  |  October 31, 2014

People who purchase a narrow-network plan on the federal or state health insurance exchanges still expect a certain level of choice if they need hospital care. But how extensive are their options?

Molina Healthcare's profit doubles with Medicaid expansion

By Bob Herman  |  October 31, 2014

Molina Healthcare is quietly becoming a big winner under Obamacare. The Medicaid managed-care insurer said its third-quarter profit doubled and revenue soared 47% as more low-income consumers gained health coverage.

Medicaid expansion fuels enrollment gains for insurers

Medicaid expansion fuels enrollment gains for insurers

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Publicly traded health insurers have been reporting higher figures in their individual markets as they offer insurance to people though exchanges built under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They're also benefiting from another provision of the law: Medicaid expansion.

Political airwaves dominated by anti-Obamacare ads

By Paul Demko  |  October 30, 2014

More than a quarter of all political advertisements on television this year mention healthcare, and 14% of those specifically reference the federal healthcare law, according to an analysis released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Just 5% of ads that mentioned the healthcare law were sponsored by...

Podcast Q&A: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Medicaid, reform

Podcast Q&A: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Medicaid, reform

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 29, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear discusses how Medicaid expansion has affected local hospitals, what Democrats need to do to improve public perceptions about the healthcare law and the potential impact of Republicans winning control of the U.S. Senate.

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