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Kansas Lawmakers Vote for Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA

March 29, 2017 - Kansas state lawmakers in the House and Senate have voted to approve Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, although the bill still faces the prospect of a veto from Governor Sam Brownback.   The 25-14 Senate vote on the Bridge to a Healthy Kansas Act follows a House vote of 81-44, bringing Democrats and Republicans together in the GOP-controlled legislature.   The Kansas...


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Kansas Lawmakers Vote for Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA

by Thomas Beaton

Kansas state lawmakers in the House and Senate have voted to approve Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, although the bill still faces the prospect of a veto from Governor Sam Brownback.   The 25-14 Senate vote on the Bridge...

House Reps Add Amendments to the American Health Care Act

by Thomas Beaton

House Republicans recently added 21 pages of  updates and changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to push forward the potential Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill. Many of the legislation’s changes would make...

Price, Verma Push for Better State Control of Medicaid Programs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As one of her first actions as CMS Administrator, Seema Verma collaborated with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price to detail how the federal government plans to improve its state partnerships to enhance state...

CBO Score Confirms Industry’s American Health Care Act Concerns

by Thomas Beaton

After the Congressional Budget Office released their cost estimate on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) several healthcare industry leadership groups reaffirmed their concerns about the bill, which may leave approximately  14 million Americans...

House Republicans Propose Two New Bills to Replace ACA

by Thomas Beaton

On Monday, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee proposed two bills that together will effectively repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Combined the bills comprise the American Health Care Act....

GOP Leaders Unveil Proposed ACA Repeal, Replacement Plans

by Thomas Beaton

GOP leaders have unveiled their latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with new health insurance regulations. The outline includes cutting federal Medicaid expansion, moving more Medicaid control to the states, and restructuring...

Medicaid Expansion Boosts Coverage, Quality at Health Centers

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Federally funded health centers in states that underwent Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act faced higher levels of insured patients and improved care quality compared to their peers in non-expansion states, a recent Health Affairs...

Proposed ACA Replacement Moves Coverage Choices to the States

by Thomas Beaton

Several Republican lawmakers have introduced the “Patient Freedom Act” as a proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act, emphasizing state authority and local decision-making in the health insurance market. Senators Bill Cassidy,...

Affordable Care Act Replacement Seeks Automatic Enrollment

by Vera Gruessner

Since the Presidential election of Donald J. Trump, a number of differing viewpoints came out emphasizing how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be impacted. For the last several years, the Republican Party has attempted to repeal...

AMA Pledges to Prevent Loss of Americans’ Healthcare Coverage

by Vera Gruessner

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a statement yesterday reaffirming its commitment to ensuring that every American who currently has healthcare coverage will continue to have insurance and access to medical care. In particular,...

ACO Investment Model May Improve Care Delivery in Rural Areas

by Vera Gruessner

While healthcare reform and legislation like the Affordable Care Act have brought medical coverage to an additional 20 million Americans across the country, the patient community still faces some challenges especially in rural areas. When comparing...

Revisions to Affordable Care Act May Improve Payer Performance

by Vera Gruessner

Health insurance executives have faced various regulatory challenges since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. Payers have had to participate in new health insurance marketplaces and face different restrictions...

Supreme Court Ruling on Medicaid Expansion Led to Coverage Gap

by Vera Gruessner

A Supreme Court ruling in 2012 determined that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is Constitutional while Medicaid expansion is optional for individual states to pursue. This led more than two dozen states to postpone Medicaid...

Why Strengthening Affordable Care Act Could Cut Disparities

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has significantly improved healthcare coverage and access throughout the country, but there are still some obstacles remaining to ensuring that every American has access to health insurance. While...

Presidential Election Brings Two Opposing Healthcare Policy Proposals

by Vera Gruessner

With the Presidential election heating up and the debate season upon us, last week The Commonwealth Fund detailed the stark differences seen between the two presidential candidates healthcare policy proposals in a new report. The research comes...

2 Benefits and 2 Disadvantages of the Affordable Care Act

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has had many critics as well as those who have praised the landmark healthcare legislation. While the Republican Party is looking to repeal the Affordable Care Act, others consider that a revision...

Risk Pool Gains on Horizon for Health Insurance Marketplace

by Vera Gruessner

With a number of healthcare payers including UnitedHealthcare and Aetna dropping out of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an annual Notice of Benefit and...

Prescription Drug Medical Costs Less Problematic due to ACA

by Vera Gruessner

Recently, criticism popped up against the pharmaceutical company Mylan from the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign for its significant price increase for the life-saving EpiPen product. The EpiPen is vital in an emergency when a person who...

OIG: CMS Overpaid Colorado Medicaid Program More than $38M

by Vera Gruessner

The Office of the Inspector General discovered in an audit that the state of Colorado received millions of dollars in unallowable payments from operating the Medicaid Program and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The report from the...

Both Political Parties Seek to Replace the Affordable Care Act

by Vera Gruessner

As previously reported, the major health payer Aetna is leaving the majority of health insurance exchanges it is currently operating in. Some critics have pointed at the failure of the Affordable Care Act to sustain payers within the public exchanges...

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