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Iowa wins approval to expand Medicaid by using federal funds to buy private plans
Kaiser Health News
The Obama administration has granted Iowa much of what it requested to move forward with a Medicaid expansion through the use of private insurance plans but refused to allow the state to charge premiums for those who earn less than the federal poverty level.
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Experts suggest Medicaid expansion could enroll 8 million
Politico
VideoBriefEnrollment in new Obamacare exchanges may be lagging, but experts said that the health law's massive expansion of Medicaid could place more than 8 million low-income people in the program before the first year is up.
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Federal data: Health disparities among states
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Residents in some parts of the United States are signing up for healthcare coverage at a significantly greater rate than others through the new online insurance marketplaces now operating in every state. The discrepancy may trace back to the political leanings of their elected leaders.
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GOP lawmakers fear Medicaid expansion is straining system
The Hill
Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia seeking information about the program's expansion under Obamacare.
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Pennsylvania governor to feds: State will not move poor children from CHIP to Medicaid under Obamacare
The Morning Call
Looking to capitalize on ongoing problems with the rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said he will not move extremely poor children from their state-run insurance program into Medicaid as is required by the federal law.
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Florida governor won't answer question on Medicaid for more Floridians
Tampa Bay Times
Florida Gov. Rick Scott refused to say whether he still supports expanding Medicaid eligibility to more uninsured and poor Floridians, an issue Democrats are certain to stress during his re-election campaign next year.
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New York governor spars with Obama administration over Medicaid exemption
The Washington Post
A plan to help struggling hospitals that cater to minority and low-income patients in New York City that has been under consideration for more than a year is causing friction between the state's Congressional delegation and the Obama administration, and it's leading to heated words between Albany, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.
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Tennessee governor lays out conditions for TennCare expansion
The Tennessean
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has written federal officials a letter laying out what he thinks is needed to expand Medicaid in the state, following nearly nine months of talks but no concrete progress.
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CMS waiver for Medicaid data transfers raises questions
Inside Health Policy
Sources suggest that CMS' move to allow states to use the information included in so-called "flat files" to enroll people in Medicaid potentially by Jan. 1 — since the full electronic transfer function is not ready — could create problems with program integrity as well resource allocation for certain states and say that more information is needed to better understand the process.

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Cost of healthcare law seen as decreasing
The New York Times
The rollout of President Barack Obama's healthcare law may have deeply disappointed its supporters, but on at least one front, the Affordable Care Act is beating expectations — its cost.

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Medicaid, insurance fixes may be big trouble later
Politico
An Obamacare fix quietly announced on Black Friday could put states at risk for higher Medicaid costs and even fraud. Although Medicaid signups through HealthCare.gov have been considered a rare bright spot in the flawed Obamacare rollout, the federal portal has been unable to send those Medicaid applications to the states for final processing.

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Webinar Wednesday: 'Compliance and Population Health Management for Qualified (and Other) Health Plans' by Epstein Becker Green | Dec. 18 | 3 p.m. EST
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Clifford Barnes and Linda Tiano, partners at Epstein Becker Green, will address important new and complex issues for health plans that engage in both government and commercial business arising as the implementation of the ACA begins.
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2013-2014 Best Practices Compendium on sale
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