Modern Healthcare: Medicaid pay bump helps beneficiaries get appointments

By Virgil Dickson   Increased Medicaid reimbursement for primary-care services to match Medicare rates led to an increased appointments for Medicaid patients, a new study finds. But those care access gains could be wiped out this year because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s provision authorizing the bump expired Dec. 31, 2014, according to a … Continue reading

Modern Healthcare: Justices appear split on lawsuits over low Medicaid rates

By Lisa Schencker  Some U.S. Supreme Court justices are skeptical, based on questions they posed Tuesday, that healthcare providers should be allowed to sue state Medicaidagencies over low reimbursement rates. Other justices, though, asked where providers can challenge rates if not in court. The split made the outcome hard to gauge from the oral arguments … Continue reading

Modern Healthcare: What Tuesday’s elections mean for healthcare

By Paul Demko  The outcome of Tuesday’s elections could have profound implications for healthcare policy. Most significantly, the outcome of the fight for control of the Senate will shape the tenor and content of the healthcare debate in Washington in the coming months and whether Republicans can damage Obamacare. Republicans need to pick up six … Continue reading

Modern Healthcare: Urban Institute: More uninsured went into Medicaid under ACA

By Virgil Dickson  It may not be a big revelation to discover there are now fewer uninsured Americans, thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, researchers at the Urban Institute Health Policy Center expect many will be surprised to learn that it appears many of those who lacked coverage went into Medicaid instead of a private plan. “Everybody … Continue reading

Modern Healthcare: California expands Medi-Cal while continuing cuts

California has been praised by health advocates for its early embrace of the federal healthcare expansion, but the new state budget has raised questions about its commitment to getting the poorest residents into doctors’ offices and dentists’ chairs. Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that accommodates an influx of uninsuredresidents … Continue reading

Modern Healthcare: Shades of gray color most states on implementing the ACA, report finds

By Paul Demko  The split among states on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is more complicated than for and against. Seven states—Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont—that have expanded Medicaid, are operating their own exchanges and are taking steps to enforce an array of new insurance regulations. At the other extreme are five states—Alabama, Missouri, … Continue reading

Modern Healthcare: The social media scene: Helping the uninsured log on so they can sign up

By Ashok Selvam  If you log onto the Facebook page for Covered California, that state’s health insurance exchange, you’ll be greeted by a glut of status updates encouraging uninsured Californians to sign up for coverage. Exchange officials hope their Facebook page and other social media tools will help ease the confusion caused by early glitches in the … Continue reading

Modern Healthcare: Obama pledges to make new healthcare law work

By Darlene Superville / Associated Press  Posted: August 17, 2013 – 9:30 am ET Tags: Associated Press (AP), Barack Obama, Healthcare Reform, Uninsured   President Barack Obama is pledging to do everything he can to make sure the new healthcare law works the way he intended. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is criticizing congressional Republicans, who … Continue reading

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