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Michigan Medicaid enrollment soars; waiver hurdle remains

By Associated Press  |  March 28, 2015

Healthy Michigan, the state's popular Medicaid expansion program, has led to 600,000 low-income adults making below 133% of the poverty line to be enrolled in government health insurance under the ACA. Now, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is working to ensure the program continues.

Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

By Bob Herman  |  March 28, 2015

Narrow-network health plans have grown in popularity, particularly on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, because their cheaper premiums appeal to price-sensitive consumers, but there is significant consumer and provider dissatisfaction with how many of these plans are organized.

Premera faces class-action suit over massive data breach

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 27, 2015

Premera Blue Cross failed to adequately protect its customers' personal information and notify them of a recent data breach in a timely manner, according to the latest class-action lawsuit filed Thursday against the insurer in federal court in Seattle.

Intermountain's health plan posts robust 2014 growth

By Bob Herman  |  March 26, 2015

SelectHealth, the health insurance division of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, closed 2014 with a sizable top-line gain after it added thousands of members to its growing lineup of benefit options.

Patient load manageable under Affordable Care Act

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 25, 2015

Physician practices have largely not been overwhelmed since the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate went into effect last year, contrary to concerns raised by ACA critics.

Did Justice Kennedy offer a clue to the King v. Burwell decision?

Did Justice Kennedy offer a clue to the King v. Burwell decision?

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 24, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told lawmakers Monday that the justices shouldn't take congressional gridlock into account when making decisions, a statement some think might mean he will side with the challengers in King v. Burwell.

Arkansas Senate approves Medicaid plan termination notices

By Associated Press  |  March 24, 2015

Thousands of people enrolled in Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would receive notices that their coverage is ending—even though lawmakers haven't decided the program's future—under a proposal approved Monday by the Senate.

Affordable Care Act credited with $7.4 billion drop in uncompensated care

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 23, 2015

Hospitals' uncompensated-care costs in Medicaid expansion states were reduced by $5 billion in 2014, according to an HHS report published as the healthcare reform law passed its five-year anniversary. The costs of uncompensated care declined $2.4 billion in states that did not expand the program.

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