The Hill: Medicaid expansion is next top healthcare challenge, advocates say

By Sarah Ferris  Medicaid expansion in two dozen states remains one of the biggest hurdles to guaranteeing healthcare coverage after the rollout of ObamaCare, according to a new report from Families USA. Unless the remaining 23 states opt to expand the eligibility for the low-income insurance program, millions of people will continue to lack affordable … Continue reading

California Healthline: More States Are Exploring Alternative Medicaid Expansion Plans. What Does That Mean for Health Reform?

by Michelle Stuckey Pennsylvania’s now in. Indiana might be next. Is the tide turning on Medicaid expansion? Recent moves by previously entrenched states indicate that might be the case. However, what does it mean for Medicaid nationwide when more states are choosing alternative plans? The Affordable Care Act calls for Medicaid to be expanded to … Continue reading

Forbes: Red States Pressured To Expand Medicaid As Care Contrasts Emerge

Bruce Japsen Pressure is building on states to go along with the expansion of Medicaid benefits under the Affordable Care Act as new studies and financial reports from health care companies point out stark differences between states treating more poor Americans and those that aren’t. One of the nation’s largest hospital operators, Tenet Healthcare THC … Continue reading

San Jose Mercury News: Obamacare: Massive backlog stalls Medi-Cal expansion

By Helen Shen, Kaiser Health News A mountainous backlog of Medi-Cal applications is well into its third month, but California officials have provided little information about how and when the largest such bottleneck in the nation might be cleared. The California Department of Health Care Services first reported 800,000 pending applications in April. A month … Continue reading

California Healthline: ACOs Expand Amid Uncertain Futures

by Rebecca Vesely, California Healthline Contributing Reporter Thursday, August 15, 2013     Accountable care organizations are spreading like wildfire in California, but whether they completely alter the health care landscape or flicker out remains to be seen. As of July, about 100 ACOs covered 644,900 Californians in 32 counties statewide, according to a report by Catteneo … Continue reading

California Healthline: Health Organizations Partner To Help Providers Manage Medicaid Expansion

Three public health organizations are collaborating on three-year, $1.8 million project to help health care providers manage the expected influx of patients under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. America’s Essential Hospitals, the National Association of Community Health Centers and the George Washington University School of Public Health Services are collaborating on the project, which … Continue reading

California Healthline: States That Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion Will Lose Billions in Funds

Not participating in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act would mean states would lose out on billions in federal funding and millions fewer low-income residents would become insured, according to a study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, The Hill‘s “Healthwatch” reports (Baker, “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 6/3). Background on ACA’s Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA, all U.S. … Continue reading

California Healthline: Compromise Proposed for Medi-Cal Expansion

[Robinson Chavez, Michael -- - Sierra Foothills, Ca. November 16, 2011 Kate Hamon, 78, had it made when she moved to Pine Grove just north of Jackson. She owns two homes, one, a 17 acre property is all paid for. Then the bubble burst and Hamon was upside down on one of her homes, which is being purchased in a short sale for a song. Hamon, a deeply religious woman, packs up a statue of the Virgin Mary. The elderly are dealing with tough financial conditions and aborted retirements in the foothills of the Sierras. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times)] *** []

by David Gorn A new plan is expected to be unveiled today offering a compromise approach to the state’s optional Medi-Cal expansion. Health Access California, a not-for-profit health advocacy organization came up with the plan as a bridge between the state’s rough outline in the budget for two choices — a state-administered or county-administered approach. … Continue reading

UT San Diego: Fallout for states rejecting Medicaid expansion

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press 12:35 A.M.APRIL 22, 2013 WASHINGTON — Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to what they scorn as “Obamacare.” It could mean exposing businesses to Internal Revenue Service penalties and leaving low-income citizens unable to afford coverage … Continue reading

California Healthline: Floor Votes in Favor of Expansion Bills

by David Gorn The state Assembly and Senate yesterday passed companion bills to expand Medi-Cal eligibility to more than one million Californians making up to 138% of federal poverty level. The bills also simplify the Medi-Cal enrollment process. “This bill takes an important step to make sure California remains a leader in health care reform,” … Continue reading

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