KHN: Many On Medicaid See Boost In Benefits As Economy Improves

By Phil Galewitz With an improving fiscal climate, many states are increasing benefits for Medicaid recipients and paying their providers more. The trend is continuing into fiscal year 2015 for those who rely on Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for the poor, according to a survey of 50 state Medicaid programs released Tuesday … Continue reading

NCOA: Mapping Benefits Access Across the States

What does enrollment in core benefits look like in your state? Use this data mapping tool to find out. How to use this map First, select whether you want to analyze the full Medicare population or the under- or over-65 population covered by Medicare. To make the most of the map, you should select a … Continue reading

California Healthline: Exchange To Lay Out Benefit Designs

by David Gorn. This week, Covered California’s board will take up the subject of insurance benefit design in 2015. The discussion Thursday of health plan offerings in 2015 comes just a couple of weeks after the end of the exchange’s first open enrollment period and just two days after the April 15 deadline to complete enrollment … Continue reading

California Healthline: Assembly Hearing Explores Restoration of Targeted Medi-Cal Benefits

by David Gorn At least one Medi-Cal budget cut — dental services for pregnant women — will be restored in next year’s budget according to testimony yesterday before an Assembly subcommittee hearing exploring the possible restoration of some budget cuts to Medi-Cal services. “Pregnant women will be included in partial restoration of adult dental benefit,” Department … Continue reading

NCOA: 7 Top Trends Affecting Benefits Programs for 2013

Many key benefits programs witnessed changes in 2013—both good and bad. Here, we summarize the major developments, and how you can help your clients to maximize their benefits. 1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) faces uncertain future SNAP recipients saw a decrease in their monthly benefits beginning in November due to the expiration of stimulus … Continue reading

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