Illinois governor agrees to allow Medicaid for abortions
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Illinois governor agrees to allow Medicaid for abortions

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner ended months of speculation Thursday and signed legislation allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, a reversal of the first-term Republican’s stance on the proposal last spring. The Legislature, which is run by Democrats, approved the measure in May but delayed sending it to Rauner until … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really?
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AP FACT CHECK: No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump’s budget director insists the administration’s spending plans won’t cut Medicaid money, but by any conventional measure of federal financing the health care program for families and the poor is clearly on the chopping block. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, while introducing the budget Tuesday: “There are … Continue reading

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New Virginia Medicaid benefit aims to help addicts

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new benefit in Virginia’s Medicaid program aims to help people with substance abuse disorders get treatment. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that (http://bit.ly/2oI8UTs) the state is increasing provider rates for things like substance use intensive outpatient and medication assisted treatment for opioid addicts. Provider rates are also going up for partial … Continue reading

Terry McAuliffe: Republicans are out of excuses on Medicaid expansion
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Terry McAuliffe: Republicans are out of excuses on Medicaid expansion

An editorial by Gov. Terry McAuliffe Republicans in Richmond have a choice to make. They can choose to stand up for health and opportunity for their constituents and a stronger Virginia economy, or they can allow divisive partisan politics to continue to hurt their commonwealth. For the past 3½ years, Virginia has been engaged in a … Continue reading

Statement by the President on the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act
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Statement by the President on the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

An editorial statement by President Barack Obama Just six years ago, the reality in our country was that millions of Americans were locked out of our health care system because they couldn’t afford insurance or because they had pre-existing conditions. Women were charged more than men simply because they were women. People who needed coverage the … Continue reading

Obama praises Louisiana’s decision to expand Medicaid
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Obama praises Louisiana’s decision to expand Medicaid

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday, Jan 21, praised Louisiana’s new Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, for his decision to expand the state’s Medicaid program to provide health care coverage to thousands of residents. “He’s already delivering for the people of Louisiana,” Obama said. Edwards’ predecessor, Republican Bobby Jindal, had refused to expand … Continue reading

Feds worry that low-income people may not get hepatitis cure
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Feds worry that low-income people may not get hepatitis cure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting the consequences of high-priced drugs, the Obama administration Thursday pointedly reminded states that they cannot legally restrict access by low-income people to revolutionary cures for liver-wasting hepatitis C infection. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also sent letters to several drug manufacturers, requesting details of what they are doing … Continue reading

Innovation is Key to Medicaid Network Access
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Innovation is Key to Medicaid Network Access

  WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 14, 2015–As states increasingly look to risk-based managed care to serve the nearly 70 million Medicaid beneficiaries across the county, traditional measures of network adequacy do not take into account the many ways Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) enhance network access through a variety of innovative strategies that promote quality and value … Continue reading