Illinois Democrats want to spike Rauner's Medicaid reboot

The Illinois General Assembly quietly passed a bill that would essentially scuttle what could be the state's largest procurement ever, even though Gov. Bruce Rauner has already started awarding Medicaid managed-care contracts.

Abortion restrictions could lead to higher ER use

Women who have to travel longer distances to receive abortions are more than twice as likely to end up getting follow-up care within their local emergency departments, according to a new study, which researchers say raises the cost of such services.

Jon Cotton appointed corporate president of Meridian

Jon Cotton has taken a step up the executive ranks with his promotion to corporate president of Meridian, a Detroit-based health plan that is Michigan's largest Medicaid HMO. The promotion is effective Sept. 4.

Hospital donations put N.H. Medicaid expansion in jeopardy

The CMS is warning states that using voluntary donations from hospitals to fund their share of Medicaid expansion could violate federal law. New Hampshire's expansion program could end next year because it relies on such donations.

Blue Cross out as Montana's Medicaid overseer

The move puts Montana providers in the difficult position of determining if they will continue working with Medicaid enrollees, as BCBS held their rate contracts. The change comes as the state seeks to reduce Medicaid rates for doctors.

North Carolina leaders put more meat on Medicaid proposal

North Carolina's model will control costs and improve health outcomes for the roughly 2 million people in the state who qualify for Medicaid, according to supporters. The state is expected to spend $3.7 billion this fiscal year on Medicaid.


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