The Hill Supporters of Obamacre are increasingly hopeful that Medicaid expansion could sweep through the deep-red South. Not a single state in the lower south has accepted the standing offer under Obamacare to expand Medicaid to people living up to 138 percent of the poverty line, which is about $33,000 for a family of four. But that could soon change.
The Santa Fe New Mexican Legislative Finance Committee members are urging fellow lawmakers to cut spending for indigent healthcare and other purposes — such as drug courts — so the state of New Mexico can increase Medicaid funding. State Medicaid program managers are requesting $1.1 billion — or an increase of $86 million — for Medicaid funding in fiscal year 2016-17.READ MORE
Politico Pro (Subscription required) Come January, midsized businesses must begin offering health insurance to workers under Obamacare — or pay a penalty. Medicaid expansion would give some companies an out, letting low-wage employees receive coverage through the government without costing their boss a dime.READ MORE
The Wichita Eagle It matters a lot that the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce now favors expansion of KanCare, the state of Kansas' privatized Medicaid program, even though the endorsement has some conditions. Kansas so far has failed to join the 30 states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The step, which would be at least 90 percent financed by federal dollars, would cover about 150,000 low-income Kansans while helping offset painful federal reimbursement cuts to Kansas hospitals for uncompensated care.READ MORE
UPI Greater access to healthcare because of Medicaid enrollment in childhood was linked to a significant improvement in health at midlife in a new study. In addition to health benefits, researchers said the economic impact of Medicaid on family finances benefits children because of less debt for parents and the ability to invest money in other areas of children's lives.READ MORE
The Texas Tribune Planned Parenthood's Texas affiliates on Monday filed a federal lawsuit to keep state health officials from booting them from the state's Medicaid program. Following Texas' announcement in October that it would stop funding any care for poor women at Planned Parenthood clinics — a response to what state officials called "acts of misconduct" revealed in undercover antiabortion videos — the women's health organization is asking the courts for a reprieve.READ MORE
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MHPA "What If We Knew The Future: A Prevention Approach to Safer Use of Prescription Opioids," an RxAnte webinar presented by Michael Ross, M.D., chief medical officer, and Amie Joyce, MPH, vice president of account management at RxAnte, took place on Nov. 18.