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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 ...
1, the Montana health department reduced how much the state pays Medicaid providers by nearly 3 percent. ... Genevieve Calmes, a nursing assistant at Bridger healthcare Community, said that even before the cuts, Montana's Medicaid program funding often left gaps in covering the total cost of care ...
he quickest way to erase pain is to give patients an opioid. But a rise in prescriptions has fueled a national epidemic of fatal overdoses, with a large share of the deaths occurring in low-income communities. Under intense pressure to combat the problem, states across the country are expanding their ...
Kentucky rushed last week to become the first of the nation's 50 states to impose a work requirement on recipients of Medicaid. Under the state's HEALTH plan, most able-bodied 19-to-64-year-olds -- excluding the pregnant, the medically frail and some others -- will have to work, get job training or perform ...
According to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, two-thirds of state Medicaid households have members that work, and almost all the rest are retired, in school, disabled or caring for family. The Center projects that putting the work hurdle before Medicaid would limit access to benefits for about ...

FILE - Speaker Greg Hughes, addresses members of the Utah House of Representatives as they open their 2017 session on Monday, Jan., 23, 2017. Hughes says GOP legislators might be willing to pass Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act during the 2018 legislative session if the bill meets ...
States, including Iowa, must be thoughtful when setting Medicaid payment rates as the program continues to chew up a large share of the state budget. At $1.3 billion, Medicaid spending comprises 18 percent of Iowa's general fund spending; that is second only to public education funding, according to the ...
The edict issued Thursday by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is in keeping with the long-held right-wing assumption that anyone who receives government assistance is a slacker and a taker. The administration failed, however, to offer any statistics or arguments to support its apparent ...
House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, said Wednesday the state's $26 billion Medicaid program is comprised mostly of children and seniors and that work requirements are more geared toward able-bodied adults who qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, commonly called ...
On Friday, Kentucky became the first state to impose work requirements for those who receive Medicaid. The decision came a day after the Trump Administration said it would allow some states to press certain people on Medicaid to work or seek job training in order to receive benefits. Washington Post ...
Thousands of poor adults in Kentucky will have to find jobs and pay monthly premiums to retain their Medicaid coverage as a result of drastic changes to the state's health insurance program approved Friday by the Trump Administration. With the long-expected decision, Kentucky becomes the first state to ...
Virginia legislators are starting to talk to one another about expanding Medicaid -- instead of at one another -- and that's a positive sign the state will take steps to help provide health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians, a senior Democratic legislator said Thursday.
And, since the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, its benefits have been a key component in addressing the rise of substance abuse. From 2011 to 2016, Medicaid spending on prescription treatments for opioid use disorder rose from $394.2 million to $929.9 million, according to a report ...
Massachusetts Alleges Medicaid fraud in Federal Lawsuit. The Massachusetts attorney general has sued a mental health company that serves tens of thousands of low-income state residents for allegedly fraudulently billing the state's Medicaid program. Jan. 9, 2018, at 1:41 p.m.. Massachusetts Alleges Medicaid Fraud in ...
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that a Louisville chiropractor will pay more than $114,000 to resolve alleged overbilling of Medicaid. Dr. Mark Walden reached a civil settlement negotiated by the Office of Medicaid fraud and Abuse amid allegations that he submitted false ...
The special session vote adds back $54 million for a program that uses Medicaid funding to help low-income residents pay their Medicare premiums and other expenses. However, the governor is threatening to veto the bill. Also, Iowa's governor says savings from the Medicaid managed care program there ...
elect Ralph Northam said Tuesday that expanding Medicaid in Virginia and implementing universal background checks for gun buyers will be two of his top legislative priorities after he takes office this weekend. Northam spoke with outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a press conference Tuesday, one day ...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota is asking the Trump Administration to allow the state to require some Medicaid recipients to work to qualify for the government-funded health coverage for the poor, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Tuesday in his State of the State address. The change would apply to about ...
In Scott County, Amerigroup manages care for about 8,000 people on Medicaid, according to state records. Genesis spokesman Craig Cooper said about 80 percent of Amerigroup's Medicaid population in Scott County are already Genesis patients. Still, officials there say absorbing more would have an ...
When her twin sons turned 18 a year and a half ago, Maine's Medicaid program dropped her health insurance. Wall is considered a "childless adult" in Maine and other states that didn't expand Medicaid, and so she isn't eligible for coverage. She can no longer get her antidepressants and anti-anxiety ...
In recent years Obamacare's Medicaid expansion has created a financial fault line in American health care. hospitals in states that enacted the expansion got a wave of newly insured patients, while those in states that rejected it were left with large numbers of uninsured individuals. A new study released ...
Florida officials revealed late Friday that a massive Medicaid hack may have exposed 30,000 patients' sensitive personal information two months ago. The data breach, attributed to an employee who fell for a malicious "phishing" email in November, is just the latest example of a medical system infiltrated by ...
Des Moines, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Monday with a to-do list ranging from overhauling state taxes to possibly addressing issues with the privatized Medicaid program. Republicans, entering a second year of complete statehouse control, will work amid another budget ...
LITTLE ROCK -- When Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveils his proposed 2018-19 budget this week, most of the attention will be on the state's Medicaid program and the future of the hybrid expansion that's provided coverage to thousands of low-income residents over the past few years. The questions that arise ...
Lawmakers are reviewing a draft proposal that would give a chunk of the lucrative Medicaid contract awarded in June to a provider-sponsored health plan -- of which one exists in Mississippi. This follows several months of contention over the Division of Medicaid's award of a new $2 billion managed care ...
15, and on Tuesday, agency leaders were notified about the preliminary findings of an Inspector General investigation. It found that hackers may have partly or fully accessed the enrollees' full names, Medicaid ID numbers, birthdates, addresses, diagnoses, medical conditions and Social Security numbers.
This is what's happening with the recent referendum approved by Mainers this past November to expand Medicaid in the state. The Medicaid expansion officially became law in Maine this past Wednesday. Democrats intend to implement the will of the nearly 60 percent of voters who approved the measure, ...
As President Trump said, "no one knew that health care could be so complicated." Complexity is the biggest problem with Measure 101, the only proposal on the Jan. 23 ballot. Oregonians -- unsure of who's paying how much for what, aware of the state's spotty record in managing its Medicaid program and ...
Now, cuts to two Medicaid funding streams that help Texas hospitals recoup treatment costs and pay for innovative health programs are putting more rural hospitals at risk of shrinking or closure. Administrators at cash-strapped hospitals say they may be forced to curb obstetrics, pediatrics and other crucial ...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' governor on Thursday touted an 11 percent drop in the state's Medicaid rolls over the past year as he prepared for another potential fight in the Legislature to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion alive. Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Department of Human Services ...
As a lifelong Medicaid dental practitioner, I've spent my career providing healthcare for low-income rural Oregonians. In my local practice, I take some of the most difficult Medicaid cases including people with disabilities living in the adult foster care system with no family to speak for them. I've surgically ...
The Medicaid expansions for low-income parents that took place in 34 states between 1996 and 2011 led to a 2.3 percent decrease in the uninsured rate among women who already had a child and became pregnant again, and a 7.9 percent decrease Laura+Wherry thmb UCLA in the number of mothers ...
SPRINGFIELD - A vast remaking of subsidized Medicaid health care in Illinois, nearly a year in the making and criticized all the way, is set to debut Monday. Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration will add 800,000 low-income and disabled residents to a managed care program aimed at improving efficiency, ...
The decision, announced last week by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will allow Mississippi Medicaid to continue providing family planning services such as birth control and emergency contraception to residents with incomes up to 194 percent of the federal poverty level. Previous ...
Andrew Dreyfus, chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, says his company will fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act. By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff December 31, 2017. This past year was a particularly frenetic one in the health care industry. It was punctuated by repeated efforts in ...
Jared West, an acupuncturist with Acupuncture and Integrative Solutions, looks for points to insert a needle. Acupuncture has been offered to Medicaid patients for low back pain and migraines for the past year, but only if practiced by a doctor. Now Ohio Medicaid is opening up treatment to licensed ...
has said he wants to bring down entitlement spending, saying in December that "health-care entitlements such as Medicare and Medicaid are the big drivers of debt." Any entitlement cuts from Ryan will likely face pushback from members of his own party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell ...
In November, a majority of Maine voters said they wanted to expand Medicaid in their state, a critical step toward becoming the first state to do so through popular vote. But one man presents a significant roadblock: the state's governor, Paul LePage. LePage, a Republican, vehemently opposes expansion ...


 

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