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Attorneys for the state are asking a federal judge to decertify a class-action lawsuit challenging Arkansas' discontinuation of Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood services. The case began in 2015 as a lawsuit filed on behalf of three anonymous women who used Planned Parenthood services.
As Indiana stands to become one of the first states in the nation to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right. The Hoosier state needs substantive ...

Supporters say the requirement would ensure able-bodied adults continue to work while receiving Medicaid benefits. But health officials contend it would affect relatively few people and that stereotyping recipients isn't helpful. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the measure would require recipients to ...
Michigan is slowly moving forward on a plan to place its $2.8 billion Medicaid nursing home and long-term care services programs under the management of private health plans, Crain's has learned. The Medicaid managed long-term care proposal is similar to controversial 2016 budget language that ...

Sen. Larry Hicks listens to Gov. Matt Mead's State of the State address on Feb. 12 during the joint session of the Wyoming Legislature at the Jonah Business Center in Cheyenne. Hicks has sponsored legislation that would add a work requirement to Wyoming's Medicaid program. Officials estimate it would ...
The company processing Medicaid applications in Kansas faces fines of up to $250,000 a day and the loss of its state contract because it is so far out of compliance with its terms. Feb. ... State Medicaid Director Jon Hamdorf disclosed the action during a meeting of a legislative oversight committee Friday.
Jeff Colyer vowed Friday to fine a company as much as $250,000 a day if obstinate problems with the Medicaid processing clearinghouse serving disabled, elderly and low-income Kansans weren't corrected by June. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's director of Medicaid told a ...
The House Appropriations Committee on Sunday will consider a proposed two-year budget that includes extending Medicaid coverage to more than 300,000 uninsured Virginians under the Affordable Care Act and using the savings to pay for a blockbuster higher education initiative in Northern Virginia, ...
MINNETONKA, Minn. (KMSP) - Parents with children who depend on Medicaid spoke with Senator Tina Smith in a town hall meeting Saturday afternoon. "Without Medicaid I don't know how our family would survive," a concerned parent said. One out of five Minnesotans receive medical assistance.
Was Kilgore getting ready to endorse the Democrats' Medicaid expansion? Not quite. He went on to fret about the cost, which has always seemed a legitimate concern. But then came the surprise: Kilgore praised Kentucky as a model for health care. This is a significant example because Kentucky (under a ...
HUNTINGTON - The concept of a facility purpose-built to treat neonatal abstinence syndrome was so revolutionary that Medicaid had yet to create a label for it until Tuesday, when the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved treatment services in West Virginia for infants born into ...
About one in 20 low-income Ohioans who gained tax-funded health insurance through Ohio's Medicaid expansion will need to find a job or face the loss of coverage under proposed new work requirements. Most Medicaid enrollees, state officials said, already have a job or would not be required to work ...
A man who ran flophouses that preyed on poor addicts and the mentally ill faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud and illegally removing tenants from their homes, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Yury Baumblit, 67, was part of a 2015 New York Times investigation ...
No positives to Medicaid privatization, North Iowa care facility officials say, as they wait for six-figure payments ... MASON CITY | A pediatric care center in Clear Lake is owed over $100,000 in Medicaid payments because of delays or denials of claims since the state's Medicaid program was privatized two ...
Joan Alker spends her days delving through Medicaid data as a research professor at Georgetown University's McCourt school of Public Policy. "It's not going to provide jobs for people if you take people's health coverage away," she said, "they're less likely to be able to work, not more." Alker said if patients ...

(AP) -- Kentucky became the first state with a work requirement for Medicaid, and now it has to do something arguably more daring: Build a mobile-friendly website that works. This summer, the state will require many people who get taxpayer-funded health insurance to work or volunteer at least 80 hours a ...
House: Give hospitals New Shot at Medicaid Managed Care Pact. Some Mississippi lawmakers want to give hospitals another shot at a piece of a big Medicaid contract. Feb. 10, 2018, at 10:59 ... Jason White, a Republican from West, amended the bill to require Medicaid to rebid its managed care contract.
Chicago (AP) -- Three of every five patients entering South Shore Hospital are poor or disabled and get their health care coverage through government-subsidized Medicaid. Medicaid doesn't cover all the costs to hospitals of providing the medical treatment, but reimbursement and the creative way ...
With approval from the Trump Administration fresh in hand, Kentucky is rushing to roll out its first-in-the-nation plan to require many Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or train for a job -- even as critics mount a legal challenge to stop it on the grounds that it violates the basic tenets of the program. At least ...
An expanded proposal to require Medicaid recipients to work or prepare themselves for employment passed the House Appropriations Committee on Friday with unanimous support as bipartisan talks accelerated over expanding health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians.
Ilya Babiner, a Bucks County dentist with offices in Feasterville and Philadelphia, faces felony charges for allegedly submitting $1.5 million in fraudulent bills to Medicaid, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General said Wednesday. Over a period of at least two years, Babiner, 63, of Langhorne, submitted ...
"The great achievement is we're able to provide ambulatory detox services to people with Medicaid," Rodriguez said. Chris Burns, director of ... It was a two-year process to get Medicaid approval, Program Director Doug Reichert said, adding that they treated their first patient through the program recently.
Cleveland, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Medicaid has announced $3 million in new funding to combat infant mortality in Cuyahoga County, part of $26.8 million dedicated over the next two years to nine Ohio cities and counties. First Year Cleveland, the city-county infant mortality initiative, will receive ...
Fresh off passing massive tax cuts for Corporations and the wealthy, Trump and congressional Republicans want to use the deficit they've created to justify huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. As House Speaker Paul Ryan says "We're going to have to get… at entitlement reform, which is ...
With Medicaid reimbursement revenue projected to be a loss of $37 per day per Medicaid-recipient resident this year, Akron Care Center Administrator Alan Bruinsma is appealing to voters to talk with their state and federal legislators. The Iowa Legislature opened its 2018 Session Monday. According to ...
Armstrong called New Mexico "an ideal state for contemplating these reforms," describing its Medicaid program that contracts with managed care organizations. The ranks of the uninsured have been cut in half since the Martinez administration expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2014 to cover individuals with ...
A health care company said Wednesday it filed a lawsuit challenging its loss of a state contract to manage services for Medicaid recipients. ... month that Molina and United Healthcare, also in the final year of a five-year contract, would no longer provide Medicaid managed care services beginning in 2019.
As the Trump Administration moves to give states more flexibility in running Medicaid, advocates for the poor are keeping a close eye on Indiana to see whether such conservative ideas improve or harm care. Indiana in 2015 implemented some of the most radical changes seen to the state-federal program ...
Medicaid expansion is shaping up to be one of the hot topics in the Ohio Governor's race and it crosses party lines. Republican Governor John Kasich accepted federal funds to get more people coverage. But the Democrats who hope to replace him are the ones who would keep that coverage going.
Called non-emergency medical transportation, or NEMT, the benefit is as old as Medicaid itself. From its inception, in 1966, Medicaid has been required to transport people to and from such medical services as mental health counseling sessions, substance abuse treatment, dialysis, physical therapy, adult ...
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he expects the federal government to approve a work requirement for the state's expanded Medicaid program soon, but approval of other changes may come later. Those other changes to the program, known as Arkansas Works, include cutting 60,000 enrollees by ...
Nor do they include a new version of the so-called Stanley amendment -- the language that legislators have inserted in past budgets to keep the governor and the state Board of Medical Assistance Services from simply changing Medicaid's eligibility rules to achieve the expansion called for in the ...
Medicaid has begun paying for additional services and treatment options for low-income West Virginians with addiction problems, including screenings, methadone and naloxone, according to a news release. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced earlier this month ...
26) to discuss work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Louisiana. Gee and Block discussed what type of activities would qualify as "work" if they implemented such a requirement and what segment of the Medicaid population would be subjected to the requirements with the U.S. Centers for Medicaid ...
Almost two years later, Ostrovsky was Medicaid's chief medical officer, grappling professionally with an opioid crisis that kills about 115 Americans each day, when he learned the truth: His uncle had died of a drug overdose. family members knew the uncle's life had been turbulent for a while before his ...
"Allowing the state to ignore fundamental Medicaid protections will result in large numbers of low-income individuals and families losing healthcare coverage," said Jane Perkins, legal director of the National Health Law Program, which is representing the plaintiffs alongside the Kentucky Equal Justice ...
To implement Medicaid work requirements, the Missouri General Assembly must receive permission from the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the form of a waiver. Missouri will have to apply for the waiver with a proposal of the work requirements the state intends ...
Senate Democrats are questioning the Trump Administration's authority to allow states to run Medicaid programs that penalize users. The Trump Administration released guidance last week, saying states could require Medicaid recipients to work. It said states could do other things like put lifetime caps on ...
The governor's budget also would charge Medicaid patients fees, or co-payments, ranging from $2.50 for generic prescription drugs to $8 for "non-emergency" visits to hospital emergency rooms. The co-payments are aimed at discouraging patients from seeking costly emergency room care that they could ...
The rising cost of Medicaid to the State of Alaska has been the target of criticism during the first two days of state Senate Finance Committee hearings. Listen now. The state added $100 million in additional Medicaid expense for this year, after the Legislature passed the budget. Eagle River Republican Sen.
The accident ended the juggling act. Without a job, health insurance is not affordable for me, and so I'm now covered by Medicaid. When I heard last week that the Trump Administration approved plans to force work requirements on Medicaid recipients, I was terrified. I have an 11-year-old boy as well, who ...
But there have been more prescriptions issued through Medicaid in general since our governor expanded or adopted Medicaid expansion. And I guess he presumes because there are more prescriptions for prescription drugs, you know, circulating in Louisiana that that is exacerbating the opioid crisis.
Mandating Medicaid recipients work in order to receive benefits is in the spotlight right now, but states are seeking to make a host of other changes to their programs. These include requiring enrollees to pay premiums, limiting the time they can receive benefits, testing them for drugs and locking them out if ...
In 2003, Washington state was facing a budget crisis and wanted to reduce spending on Medicaid. Instead of requiring people to establish their eligibility annually, the legislature began requiring them to do so twice a year, and added some paperwork. It worked: Enrollment in the health insurance program ...
Recent questions over Gov. Bruce Rauner's Medicaid managed care overhaul have mostly focused on the program's rising costs and secretive contracting processes. Much less attention has been paid to the potential human impact of the program, which will force more than 500,000 people to change their ...
RICHMOND -- A fight to reopen Patrick County's lone hospital turned into a fight over Medicaid expansion in the Virginia Senate Tuesday. Democrats played hardball with a measure to update the license for Pioneer Community Hospital in Stuart, demanding that Sen. Bill Stanley support Medicaid ...
HUNTINGTON - Medicaid recipients in West Virginia can now receive additional addiction treatment services as the first phase of the Medicaid 1115 Substance Use Disorder Waiver took effect Sunday - a statewide coverage expansion for intensive outpatient services and access to medication-assisted ...
The big news last week, you will recall, was the Trump Administration opening the floodgates for states to impose work requirements in the Medicaid program, and Kentucky becoming the first state to get federal approval for such a mandate. The work requirement is the headline, so to speak, out of Kentucky ...


 

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