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Montana senator's retirement opens way for sweeping
legislative changes

The Washington Post
Montana Sen. Max Baucus, one of the most influential congressional figures of his era, has announced his intention to retire, a move that could produce sweeping changes in the political and legislative landscape over the next two years. The announcement could mark the beginning of one of the most consequential periods in Baucus' long public career, because he pledged to devote the rest of his time in Washington to pursuing a comprehensive rewrite of the federal tax code, a long-shot effort that many see as key to breaking the fiscal gridlock that has paralyzed Washington, D.C., in recent years.
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Baucus vows to keep watch on health law rollout before leaving Senate
Kaiser Health News
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus stunned his colleagues when he announced he would not seek a seventh term next year. But don't expect him to go quietly. Implementation of the 2010 healthcare law is a top priority for the Montana Democrat, as is overhauling the tax code, tackling the nation's debt and pushing "job-creating trade agreements" through the Senate, Baucus said in a statement.
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Harkin makes hurdle for Obama's CMS chief
Politico
Acting Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner ultimately expected a smooth Senate confirmation. Instead, she became a bargaining chip in a Democratic tussle. Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin had a lot more than talk up his sleeve recently, as he blasted HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for using a prevention fund — his pet project in the healthcare law — for other aspects of implementing that law. His strategy: Keep one of the Obama administration's nominees from her long-awaited Senate confirmation until the administration is ready to negotiate.
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GOP leaders delay Obamacare vote in face of conservative discontent
The Hill
Lacking the votes, House Republican leaders postponed action on a bill that would have changed President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The move was a blow to Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, who took the lead in pushing for the legislation and represents yet another example of House GOP leaders struggling to convince the conservative wing of their conference to back controversial legislation.
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Racing to spread word about new health plans
The New York Times
President Barack Obama and the Democrats passed the 2010 healthcare law to make medical insurance available to more than 30 million people who do not have it. But with recent studies showing that as many as three-fourths of those people are unaware of their new options, healthcare providers are joining community organizers and insurance companies in an ambitious effort to spread the word in the six months remaining before the health plans become available.
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Map: Bad medication-related decisions cost poor US states most
Express Scripts
The U.S. wasted $418 billion in 2012 based on bad medication-related decisions, and the impact was most deeply felt in those states that could least afford it, according to new research released. While these costly decisions impact the entire nation, analysis shows that they have a disproportionate effect on the poorest states.
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Pennsylvania legislature's analysts see benefit in Medicaid
The Associated Press via The Reporter
A Medicaid eligibility expansion under a 2010 landmark federal healthcare law would boost finances in the state of Pennsylvania by hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to nonpartisan fiscal analysts from the Pennsylvania legislature.
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Florida House, Senate negotiating Medicaid compromise
The Associated Press via NewsDaily
According to a person close to the situation, Florida House and Senate leaders are working out a deal that would use state and federal dollars to offer health coverage to thousands of uninsured Floridians under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.
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Barnes: Missouri Senate unwilling to take up Medicaid expansion alternative
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Missouri House signaled an end to this session's Medicaid expansion battle, blaming the Senate for its unwillingness to explore an alternative proposal backed by some House Republicans.
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Medicaid expansion plan in Ohio takes another hit
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
Ohio Gov. John Kasich's plan to assist more low-income Ohioans by expanding Medicaid health insurance coverage as part of the state budget has come up against another roadblock from Republicans who control the legislature.
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Louisiana health committee rejects Medicaid expansion bill
The Times-Picayune
After nearly five hours of testimony, a House health panel voted along party lines to reject a bill that would have forced Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to opt into the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the federal healthcare law. Jindal has consistently resisted the expansion, though the cost would largely be covered by the federal government, saying Medicaid is badly flawed and must be reformed.
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Medicaid expansion in Colorado moves toward passage without Republicans
Health Policy Solutions
A bill that would expand Medicaid to about 200,000 more low-income Coloradans continues to move through the Colorado legislature without support from Republicans in the House. Bill sponsor and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino said Medicaid expansion would boost Colorado's economy by $4.4 billion and add up to 22,000 jobs by 2026 while saving taxpayers money in the long run.
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Baucus retirement opens way for sweeping legislative changes
The Washington Post
Montana Sen. Max Baucus, one of the most influential congressional figures of his era, has announced his intention to retire, a move that could produce sweeping changes in the political and legislative landscape over the next two years.

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Co-author of healthcare law sees 'huge train wreck' in implementation
The Washington Post
A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Barack Obama's healthcare law stunned administration officials, saying openly he thinks it's headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation.

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AmeriHealth Mercy becomes AmeriHealth Caritas
GlobeNewswire via
The Wall Street Journal

AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health care solutions for the underserved, has announced that it has chosen AmeriHealth Caritas as its new company name.

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Delaware Physicians Care

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