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Healthcare Coverage, Access Disparities Remain Even After ACA

September 14, 2017 - While the Affordable Care Act has helped to significantly reduce care and access disparities between socioeconomic groups, more work is needed to create true coverage equity, according to a new study from Oregon Health and Sciences University. Between 2012 and 2015, the rate of uninsured visits to community health centers (CHCs) decreased by 68 percent for white patients, but the rate for...


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20.5 Million More Insured Since Start of Affordable Care Act

by Thomas Beaton

20.5 million more individuals have gained health insurance coverage since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, according to a new report from the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In the first three...

CMS Approves State Capitated Medicaid Program in Florida

by Thomas Beaton

Florida received CMS approval to operate a state capitated Medicaid program and a low-income pool (LIP) to improve care for uninsured individuals, the federal agency announced. The state submitted a request to extend Florida’s Managed Medicaid...

Medicaid Tops Private Insurance in Consumer Satisfaction KPIs

by Thomas Beaton

Medicaid critics have argued that enrollees are not receiving adequate care under the program, but recent consumer surveys indicate that beneficiaries are highly satisfied with their options.   According to a new J.D. Power poll, Medicaid...

Medicaid Beneficiaries Satisfied with Coverage and Access

by Jesse Migneault

A recent Harvard Chan School of Public Health analysis found that Medicaid beneficiaries are overwhelmingly satisfied with their coverage and access to providers.  The nationwide survey of more than 60,000 beneficiaries also evaluated enrollees...

Spike in Late Stage Cancer Diagnosis Related to Medicaid Cut

by Jesse Migneault

A significant rollback of Medicaid coverage in Tennessee has led to a spike in late stage diagnosis for breast cancer, according to a new data analysis published in the American Cancer Society journal Cancer. The research team led by Virginia...

Texas Requests Medicaid Waiver Extension for $6.2 Billion

by Jesse Migneault

Although Texas refused federal funds in the 2014 ACA Medicaid expansion, it has recently submitted documents requesting its second Medicaid waiver extension for $6.2 billion.   Originally approved in 2011, the 1115 Medicaid Waiver was...

Medicaid Enrollment a “Lifeline” for Rural Residents, Children

by Jesse Migneault

Medicaid enrollment rates are highest for adults and children in small town and rural areas, providing a “lifeline” for low-income beneficiaries, according to a new analysis by the Georgetown University Center for Children and...

ACA Medicaid Expansion Boosted Care Access, Patient Outcomes

by Jesse Migneault

Low-income adults taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion experience more financial stability and better outcomes, according to a new study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. “Our four years...

Nevada Legislature: All Residents Should Have Medicaid Access

by Jesse Migneault

The Nevada State Assembly has passed a bill which would open Medicaid enrollment to all of the state’s residents, regardless of income or health status.   The Nevada Care Plan would allow every state resident without health insurance...

WA Health Insurance Exchange In Flux With CSR Confusion

by Jesse Migneault

Washington State has thus far been a success for the health insurance exchange marketplace.  The state has seen robust payer participation, increased enrollment and a trend-bending eight percent benchmark premium increase in 2017, versus...

KY Medicaid Awarded for Exceeding Quality, Patient Care

by Jesse Migneault

Kentucky’s Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kentucky Medicaid has received an award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medicaid managed care plan.  The award recognizes the plan’s service and clinical...

Medicaid Waiver Adds More Beds For Drug Addiction Treatment

by Jesse Migneault

To circumvent an obscure Medicaid requirement, seven more states applied to join California, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York to receive a Medicaid waiver to expand drug addiction treatment.   Current federal policy prohibits the...

Are Health Insurance Subsidies Enough for Low-Income Patients?

by Jesse Migneault

Despite financial penalties designed to prompt consumers to keep their health insurance, current efforts to subsidize care for low-income individuals may not be enough to incentivize patients, according to a recent study by economists at MIT...

OR May Cut ACA Medicaid Expansion Funds to Favor State Budget

by Jesse Migneault

The Oregon state legislature is considering a retraction of Medicaid expansion and benefits to address an anticipated $1.8 billion budget shortfall between 2017 and 2019.  The move to cut back Medicaid could potentially leave more than 355,000...

House GOP Renewing Interest in American Health Care Act

by Thomas Beaton

House Republicans are attempting to keep the American Health Care Act (AHCA) viable by adding a new amendment to the bill prior to Congress taking its spring recess. GOP lawmakers submitted an amendment to the House of Ways and Means Committee...

California Legislature to Review Single-Payer Healthcare Bill

by Thomas Beaton

California lawmakers have introduced  a single-payer healthcare bill that would provide all Californians comprehensive coverage with minimal out-of-pocket costs. The State Senate will review SB 562, or “The Healthy California Act,”...

Kansas Lawmakers Vote for Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA

by Thomas Beaton

UPDATE: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has vetoed the legislation, calling Medicaid expansion "irresponsible and unsustainable." Kansas state lawmakers in the House and Senate have voted to approve Medicaid expansion under the Affordable...

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...

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