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Medicaid overhaul plan filed by Missouri senator
The Associated Press via Fort Worth Star-Telegram
With the help of a plan introduced by a key Republican senator, private insurers would gain a greater role in the Medicaid program in Missouri, and patients could get rewarded financially for holding down their medical costs.
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ACA spurs shift in long-term care
The Pew Charitable Trusts
In New Hampshire, Medicaid pays for in-home care for nearly all of its developmentally disabled residents. For frail elders, the opposite is true. Most wind up in nursing homes. To remedy this imbalance, New Hampshire is taking advantage of Affordable Care Act funding for a program aimed at removing existing barriers to providing long-term care in people's homes and communities.
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Signing up the homeless, 1 at a time
USA Today and Kaiser Health News
Homeless men and women who didn't qualify for insurance in the past now have the chance to sign up, and health outreach worker Christopher Mack — who was once homeless himself — is there to help. The national health law allows states to expand Medicaid to include poor people without children or disabilities who haven't been able to get free insurance in the past.
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Document: Obamacare contractor faces mid-March deadline — or disaster
The Hill
If the Obamacare contractor brought on to fix the back-end of the HealthCare.gov portal doesn't finish the buildout by mid-March, the healthcare law will be jeopardized, according to a procurement document posted on a federal website. It says insurers could be bankrupt and the entire healthcare industry threatened if the build out is not completed.
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Doctors say pressure on ERs may rise, give US failing grade
Reuters
People seeking urgent medical could face longer wait times and other challenges as demand increases under Obamacare, U.S. emergency doctors said in a report that gives the nation's emergency infrastructure a near failing grade. In its latest "report card," the American College of Emergency Physicians said such reduced access earned the nation a "D+" — that's down from the overall "C-" grade from the group's last report in 2009.
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Virginia governor wants authority to expand Medicaid
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants lawmakers to give him the authority to expand Medicaid eligibility on his own if a state commission doesn't act by the end of the 2014 legislative session.
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Rhode Island governor's $43 million cut in Medicaid program touches many sectors of healthcare
Providence Journal
Rhode Island enthusiastically embraced the expansion of its Medicaid program allowed by the Affordable Care Act. But at the same time, Medicaid is where Gov. Lincoln Chafee has turned to make the biggest cuts as he seeks to close a $150 million budget hole.
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Michigan Republicans rethink Medicaid expansion
Kaiser Health News
Nationally, Republican party leaders say their No. 1 campaign issue for the midterm elections is opposition to Obamacare. But at the same time, a growing number of Republican states are now embracing a major provision of the law — expanding Medicaid, the government-funded health benefit program for the poor.
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Medicaid expansion takes a hit in Arkansas
The Washington Post
A Democratic state senator forced to step down last year over ethics violations will be replaced by a Republican after a special election that dealt a serious blow to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's push to expand Medicaid. Republican John Cooper defeated Democrat Steve Rockwell in a northeast Arkansas district based in Jonesboro, Ark., in a race that had centered on whether to expand Medicaid to cover those making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line.
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Has Arizona GOP rift over Medicaid healed?
The Arizona Republic
VideoBriefLast year's legislative session ended on a sour note, as the fight over Medicaid expansion extended to threats to replace Arizona House and Senate leaders and highlighted a rift in the state Republican Party. This year's session began with the good cheer and bonhomie typical of opening day, akin to the first day of school after a long summer break.
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Georgia legislators share thoughts on Medicaid expansion
Georgia Health News
While describing how Georgia's economy has escaped its "deep freeze," Gov. Nathan Deal again showed no signs of thawing on the idea of expanding Medicaid. "The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable and is costing our state $327 million this year," Deal told lawmakers in his State of the State speech, which touted an improved state economy.
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CMS awards states bonuses for enrolling children in Medicaid
Inside Health Policy
CMS awarded more than $307 million in Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act Performance Bonuses to 23 states in fiscal 2013, the fifth and final year of the bonus awards. Bonuses range from $1 million for North Dakota to more than $58 million for Colorado.

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Corbett administration's Pennsylvania healthcare plan drawing fire
The Associated Press via
The Times Herald

According to the Pennsylvania chapter of the AARP, Gov. Tom Corbett's administration's plan to expand subsidized healthcare coverage for low-income people includes premiums and job-search requirements that would serve as potential barriers to enrollment.

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Avalere: Medicaid plans expected to grow under ACA expansion
Avalere Health LLC
An analysis from Avalere Health finds that Medicaid managed care enrollment will increase by 20 percent from 2013 to 2014 and by 38 percent from 2013 to 2016. This increase is driven by state decisions to expand the use of managed care, as well as the influx of new Medicaid beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act.

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Alabama governor defends decision not to expand Medicaid
The Associated Press via Centre Daily Times
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley began the election-year session of the state legislature by defending his decision not to expand the state Medicaid program and by presenting better education and more jobs as the best strategy for escaping poverty.
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State of the State: South Dakota governor weighs Medicaid options but
urges patience

Argus Leader
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is looking for alternative ways for South Dakota to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, instead of the full expansion he's said no to so far. But he's not looking very quickly.
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