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Medicaid insurers still see growth despite state budget woes
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Insurers that run Medicaid programs remain confident they are entering an unprecedented phase of expansion, despite concerns that recent budget issues at many states—which are responsible for the government program—may hamper some of that near term growth. More

How group health is holding costs down: A KHN interview with CEO Scott Armstrong
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One of the lesser—known parts of the new health law is a provision that provides federal loans to help fund health cooperatives. Advocates say these Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, or co-ops, essentially insurers run by their members, encourage competition especially in the individual and small business health insurance markets. More

Study: Most Americans favor electronic medical records
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Researchers from the University of Chicago who polled 1,000 people found that nearly half said they had worries about the privacy of electronic medical records but 64 percent thought the benefits of being able to access their records, online outweighed those concerns. More

Advocates seek sponsor for bill that would keep people on Medicaid longer
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Advocates for low-income Americans are looking for a lawmaker to champion draft legislation requiring states to keep Medicaid-eligible people on the public program for 12 months at a time. The advocates are worried about people entering and dropping out of Medicaid several times a year as their income changes. More

Health reform polls don't tell the whole story
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Republicans in Congress have repeatedly stated that most Americans oppose the national health system reform law and want it repealed, but polling experts say public opinion on the law is divided and more complicated than it seems at first glance. More

Indiana: An island of calm in state budget storms
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Not every state that took a body blow from the recession is staring into the abyss of a budget crisis. While many states scramble to close the widening gap between revenue and spending, Indiana has managed to get its budget deficit under control. More

Renewing the promise of the Child Health Insurance Program
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The Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) is celebrating its second anniversary. CHIPRA has helped many states make significant improvements in health coverage for children. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just issued a new report highlighting many of the gains made in enrolling eligible, but uninsured children in health coverage. During fiscal year 2010, children's enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP increased by more than 2 million. More

FDA unveils accelerated review process for medical devices
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The Food and Drug Administration proposed a new approval pathway for cutting-edge medical devices. The proposal comes amid industry complaints that the U.S. medical device sector is losing ground to Europe, where devices are approved at least two years faster on average. Consumer groups however worry that easing the approval process could be dangerous for patients. More

With tax credits, health reform arrives
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While most organizations are not waiting for a repeal of health care reform, many are looking for further guidance on specific provisions of the law before making decisions on their benefits plans, according to a new poll by the Society for Human Resource Management. More

Mississippi house OKs plan for insurance exchange
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The Mississippi House has approved a plan that would allow employers to buy group health insurance policies anywhere in the country, not just from Mississippi insurers. The House passed a bill to enact a health insurance exchange in Mississippi. More

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Utah to request Medicaid waiver
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Utah is seeking permission from the federal government to charge richer Medicaid beneficiaries higher co-pays. The sliding-scale is one of several issues brought up with Medicaid officials. Utah is among the many states that want more flexibility with their Medicaid programs, which the health care law expands to 15 million more people. More

Welcome to the wireless age: Connectivity to drive medical device innovation
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Many people believe that the introduction of technology into medical devices is one of the key drivers causing health care expenditures to increase. In reality, medical devices account for less than 5 percent of hospital expenditures. Hospital spending on medical technology as a share of total health services and supplies expenditures has dropped from 5.8 percent in 1980 to 3 percent in 2006. More
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