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Medicaid expansion may contract
Politico
Obamacare's Medicaid expansion is under renewed assault in the states even as the health law faces threats in Washington from the Supreme Court and a Republican Congress. A handful of Republican governors said that after the November elections, they'd be open to taking billions of federal dollars to cover millions of their low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion. Instead, Medicaid faces possible retrenchment after a Republican tide swept emboldened Obamacare foes into every level of government.
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Louisiana senator starts Senate career by targeting Obamacare
The Hill
Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy is starting off his career in the upper chamber with a pair of bills aimed at rolling back Obamacare. "Repealing Obamacare and replacing it with solutions that give patients the decision making power is my goal. This is one step of many in achieving that goal," Cassidy wrote in a statement announcing the legislation.
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GOP governors audition for Washington in annual speeches
Politico
One week ahead of President Barack Obama's State of the Union, three prospective Republican presidential candidates delivered speeches that looked a lot like auditions for a joint session of Congress. The annual state-of-the-state addresses largely followed the usual formula: Recall how awful things were when they took office a few years ago, talk up good economic news in the years since, tout "bold" reforms enacted since taking office, favorably compare their state to the gridlock of Washington and outline a conservative vision for the coming legislative session. And, because it's football’s playoff season, there was plenty of cheering on the home teams.
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Idaho governor urges legislature to examine Medicaid options
Idaho Statesman
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter urged lawmakers to hold a hearing on the findings of his Medicaid Redesign Workgroup. Some 104,000 state residents get caught short because they fail to qualify for tax credits under the state health insurance exchange or meet the state's Medicaid eligibility requirements.
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New support for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee
The Hill
Powerful county commissioners in Tennessee are calling on the state legislature to move forward with expanding Medicaid under the healthcare law. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners, which includes several Republican critics of Obamacare, endorsed Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal for an alternative Medicaid expansion by a vote of 12-0 on Monday night.
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The costs of stinginess in Medicaid
The New York Times
How much money does Arkansas save by offering stingier Medicaid than Vermont? It looks like a straightforward calculation. Arkansas makes it tougher for children to qualify for Medicaid than Vermont does, and it spends much less on each beneficiary. Even though Arkansas' poverty rate is double Vermont's, Medicaid's costs in Arkansas in 2012, the most recent year for which figures are available, were $600 less per resident than in Vermont. But there is a price to pay for such parsimony.
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How Medicaid for children recoups much of its cost in the long run
The New York Times
When advocates talk about the advantages of government health care, they often talk about a moral obligation to ensure equal access. Or they describe the immediate health and economic rewards of giving people a way to pay for their care. Now a novel study presents another argument for the medical safety net, at least for children: Giving them health coverage may boost their future earnings for decades. And the taxes they pay on those higher incomes may help pay the government back for some of its investment.
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MHPA's Myers to speak at 6th Annual Medicaid Innovations
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MHPA's Myers to chair WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit | March 2015 | Washington, DC
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MHPA President and CEO Jeff Myers will chair the WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit, a meeting that convenes executives from health plans, hospital systems and policy organizations to share, learn and discuss approaches to improve the quality of government programs and achieve payment and delivery reform. For conference details, agenda and registration, please visit here.
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