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Big jump seen in Medicaid signups
Politico
More than 6.3 million people have been determined eligible for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program coverage since the October start of open enrollment, the Obama administration announced — but it's still impossible to say how many are newly insured because of Obamacare.
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Sebelius to mayors: Urge your states to accept Medicaid expansion
The Hill
VideoBriefHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged U.S. mayors o push their state legislatures to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Speaking to a room of about 25 mayors at the Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Sebelius said those in attendance were the "the pragmatic CEOs" that could help tip the balance in states that have so far refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act by making their community's case for expanded coverage to state legislators.
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Peer-support specialists gain funding and ground in Medicaid programs
Inside Health Policy
Thirty-five state Medicaid programs have expanded to reimburse peer-support specialists since 2001, which experts in the mental and substance abuse fields say is a sea-tide of change that could eventually result in validation and creation of a profession that fits well with accountable care organizations and the push for value-based purchasing.
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Gallup: Uninsured rate declines
The Hill
Te U.S. uninsured rate fell to its lowest rate in more than a year, according to the latest Gallup tracking index. The survey found the uninsured rate at 16.1 percent in January, down from 17.3 percent in December.
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2015 extension on CHIP-to-Medicaid switch for Pennsylvania
The Associated Press via The Reporter News
According to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's administration, roughly 30,000 low-income families whose children are covered by the state's child health insurance program have until 2015 to switch them to Medicaid.
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Medicaid expansion in Virginia gets a boost
The Washington Post
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's key priority this year — expanding Medicaid in the state under the Affordable Care Act — got a boost with a new estimate showing that the program would save far more money than previously thought.
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No Medicaid expansion could cost Florida businesses $253 million
The Associated Press via Ocala Star-Banner
According to a new report, the decision by Florida state lawmakers not to expand Medicaid could cost Florida businesses as much as $253 million a year in tax penalties.
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Arkansas healthcare: No Plan B if 'private option' funds blocked
The Associated Press via The Baxter Bulletin
The head of Arkansas' Department of Human Services said he does not have a backup budget if lawmakers block funding for the state's "private option," despite growing signs that the compromise Medicaid expansion plan is at risk when the legislature convenes in February.
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Fact check: Is Idaho governor right on Medicaid expansion?
Idaho Statesman
Money. Bargaining power. Fear. Those all play into Idaho's decision to expand — or not expand — its Medicaid program. Gov. Butch Otter, in his State of the State address this year, said "my answer remains no" to the prospect of Idaho expanding its Medicaid program to poor childless adults during this legislative session.
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Republican swing votes look for Medicaid compromise in Maine
WCSH-TV
VideoBriefWhile Democratic and Republican leaders of the Maine legislature stand firm on the issue of expanding Medicaid — Democrats for, Republicans against — a handful of Republicans look for a compromise that could help pass the expansion plan.
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In Western North Carolina, getting health coverage means getting creative
NPR and Kaiser Health Institute
In the mountains of Western North Carolina, health insurance navigator Julia Buckner spends hours driving around what she calls "God's Country" — miles and miles of mountains, rivers and winding roads. Her job — and her passion — is to help the rural residents of some of the poorest counties in North Carolina sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
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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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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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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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2013-2014 Best Practices Compendium on sale
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