Medicaid

Editorial: Will new PBM contracts be truly transparent? We can only hope so

As Ohio Medicaid officials promise complete transparency in new contracts that will take effect next year between managed-care plans and …

Blackbox

Virginia’s Medicaid work requirement won’t hit until long after program expands next year

RICHMOND — Virginia is gearing up to expand Medicaid eligibility to as many as 400,000 residents in January, but requirements that recipients work and pay premiums could lag two years behind, officials said this week.<p>The gap has infuriated Republican state senators who opposed the expansion effort …

U.S. Politics

Commentary: Three reasons to support Utah’s Prop 3

In 2012, the 19-year-old Major League Baseball phenom Bryce Harper was asked an ignorant question after playing a game in Toronto. As the minimum age …

Health Care

Trump Acts to Count Medicaid, Other Benefits Against Immigrants (1) (1)

Use of Medicaid coverage or other public benefits by immigrants or their children could hurt their chances of staying in the U.S. through a green …

Law

Ron Johnson presses administration to end state Medicaid ‘shell games’

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is demanding the Trump administration answer how it is going to end “shell games” through which states artificially inflate …

U.S. Politics

Louisiana seeking 'subscription model' for hepatitis C drugs

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health secretary thinks she's found a way to get hepatitis C drugs to more Medicaid patients and prisoners struggling with one of the nation's deadliest infectious diseases: by patterning medication purchases off the Netflix subscription model.<p>Health Secretary …

Hepatitis

Medicaid Plans Try to Avoid Work Rule Coverage Drop-Off

Phone calls, letters, emails, texts—Medicaid managed care insurers are working aggressively to spread the word to enrollees in Arkansas that they …

Law

Study: Georgia Medicaid Patients Are Being Prescribed More Opioids Despite Push for Decreased Use

Potentially inappropriate prescribing practices for opioids in the Georgia Medicaid program are common and increasing despite policies aimed at …

Opioids

As States Try To Rein In Drug Spending, Feds Slap Down One Bold Medicaid Move

States serve as “laboratories of democracy,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said. And states are also labs for health policy, …

Health

Michigan governor candidate wants to pay teens on Medicaid to delay having kids

LANSING, MI - Libertarian candidate for governor Bill Gelineau this week released a plan to pay teens and young women on the state's Medicaid system …

Michigan

Alabama hospitals launch campaign for Medicaid expansion

Once focused on health, advocates of Medicaid expansion in Alabama will try wealth.<p>The Alabama Hospital Association has launched a campaign touting …

Health Care

Despite Obamacare, healthcare spending is spiraling out of control

Former President Barack Obama promised the Affordable Care Act would bend "the cost curve and [start] to reduce costs for families, businesses, and …

Health Care

Trump administration to review Alabama work requirements for Medicaid.

The Trump administration will review Alabama's proposal to require some Medicaid beneficiaries, including parents of young children, work to continue …

Trump Administration

Medicaid spending to hit $1 trillion within a decade: Study

Medicaid spending is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2026, according to a report from government actuaries.<p>The report, released Thursday by the …

U.S. Politics

Cordray praises Kasich for standing up to Republicans

Richard Cordray is battling a Republican to be Ohio's governor, but he thanked the state's current GOP leader Thursday for bucking his party and expanding Medicaid in the state.<p>“He’s done some things that have been very good for Ohio,” Cordray said of Gov. John Kasich during a POLITICO Playbook …

U.S. Politics

Records: Medicaid vendors also contributed to Iowa Democrats

DES MOINES (AP) — The head of the Iowa Democratic Party has criticized Gov. Kim Reynolds for taking campaign contributions from a company that …

Des Moines

Evidence mounts that Medicaid work requirements don't achieve savings, boost employment

Ill-advised health care policy died in ‘18 session. It shouldn’t be resurrected.

Opinion

Editorial: Allow Medicaid to help babies born drug dependent

It is a heartbreaking growth industry, especially in Ohio: helping babies born dependent on drugs to get through the hell of withdrawal.<p>As the cost …

High Level

Buncombe candidates for NC House debate benefits of GOP policies, Medicaid

SWANNANOA – Two Republican candidates for state legislature said Thursday they would keep policies of the GOP majority in Raleigh in place while two …

Affordable Care Act

Democrats seek to subpoena documents on Medicaid work rules

Two House Democrats are calling for a subpoena to compel the Trump administration to turn over key documents relating to their push to implement work …

U.S. Politics

Iowa Medicaid's per-member cost increases nearly triple since privatization

CLOSE<p>Mike Randol, Iowa's Medicaid Director, says privatization has meant savings. But its unclear how much Iowa has saved.<p>The average cost of …

Iowa

How Medicaid programs can help end the opioid epidemic

The AMA is working at the federal and state levels to advocate changes to promote recovery among what research indicates is a population of roughly 2 …

Affordable Care Act

Will my college savings be counted for Medicaid?

Your Medicaid eligibility could be impacted by college savings, so plan carefully.

New Jersey

Gov Bullock Warns Of Budget Problems If Tobacco Tax Initiative Fails

Governor Steve Bullock told county government leaders Wednesday that a ballot initiative to increase Montana’s tobacco tax is the right thing to do …

Montana

Affordable Care Act: Study finds surprising gaps in HIV care providers' knowledge

More than one in four surveyed couldn't say if their state expanded Medicaid<p>A new study has revealed surprising gaps in some HIV medical providers' …

Affordable Care Act

Woman accused of Medicaid overbilling must pay restitution

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln woman accused of overbilling Medicaid for services she provided an ailing client has been told to pay back the …

Judiciary

Aetna taps Wisdom as Kansas Medicaid CEO

Hartford health insurer Aetna on Wednesday named Keith Wisdom as chief executive overseeing its new Medicaid health plan in Kansas.<p>Wisdom, a 25-year …

Hartford

7 ways Michigan’s Medicaid expansion paid off financially

When low-income Michigan residents enrolled in an expanded Medicaid program, many got more than just coverage for their health needs—they also got a …

Health

Work Requirement Disqualifies Over 4,000 Medicaid Recipients

The state Department of Human Services announced that 4,353 Arkansans were no longer eligible for Medicaid benefits because over the past three …

Health Care

Medicaid supporters urge Trump officials to approve expansion in Maine

Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Maine are pressuring the Trump administration to approve the state’s application to expand the program under …

Trump Administration