President Obama’s health law was expected to cover 32 million uninsured Americans by 2022. But that number will be much smaller if some states don’t buy in.
The Obama administration will simplify enrollment in Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor, to handle the onslaught of millions of anticipated enrollees next year when the health care law expands coverage.
After winning the lottery, Mary Carson, 55, was accepted into the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program, in 2011. She and her partner live with her three children. They earn about $1,000 a month . . .
Although expanding Medicaid coverage to some low-income Oregon residents substantially improved their mental health and reduced financial strains on them, it didn’t significantly boost their physical health, a new study finds.
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The federal government has allocated $2 billion to Oregon to test ideas for coordinating care given by doctors, nurses, and hospitals. Now, the state has to figure out how it will measure its success – or failure.
With billions of dollars at stake, hospitals are lobbying hard for Medicaid expansion in Columbus, Tallahassee and other state capitals where state legislators oppose the extension of the program to some 17 million Americans.
A number of states led by Republicans leery of health reform are considering expanding Medicaid by putting enrollees in private plans. But the strategy is not new. Oregon has been using this model for more than a decade — with mixed results.
The sequestration’s automatic cuts will make it more difficult for low-income Americans to get maternal and infant care, vaccinate their children, and receive treatment for mental illness.
In Washington state, for example, Molina Health Care, one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans, is building clinics to supplement its network of independent doctors. “We know demand for care is only going to increase and we are trying to build capacity to get ahead of the curve,” says Dr. J. Mario Molina, the company’s CEO.
Arizona occupies an unusual place in the national landscape: as a model for how a generously-funded, tightly regulated government program can aid vulnerable, low-income patients like Antonia Lopez
Although the Affordable Care Act seeks to end health plans’ use of gender to set prices, the new rules don’t apply to policies for long-term care.
Docs, consumer groups cheer Florida Gov. Scott’s decision to expand Mediaid, but worry that his plan to enroll patients in for-profit health plans will lead to poor service.
The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has launched a redesigned, mobile-friendly website that should be easier for both consumers and industry professionals to use.
“What happened to Mary is wrong. Not only is it wrong, it is highway robbery. What is really wrong is that she—as with how many others—has no affordable legal recourse or any state or federal protector or advocate.”