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Minorities disproportionately represented in health care 'coverage gap'
McClatchy DC
New data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that minorities will make up 53 percent of the estimated 4.8 million low-income Americans who will fall into the "coverage gap," leaving them without viable options to obtain health insurance next year.
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Governors' decisions on Medicaid tough because of political opinions
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Partisan politics are making decisions of governors think of whether or not to expand Medicaid in their states, which is affecting billions of dollars and thousands of low-income people.
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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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Briefing on Dec. 18: 'Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the ACA Era'
Alliance for Health Reform
The Affordable Care Act contains provisions that address access to community based services for the 4.5 million people in the U.S. with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A distinguished panel of experts will address several questions on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902.
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Medicaid managed care switch smooth in New Hampshire
Concord Monitor
New Hampshire health officials said they are pleased so far with the state’s transition to a managed care system for its Medicaid program. Since the program launched Dec. 1, the number of calls to the three contracted health plans have been what officials expected, and problems that have come up have been resolved quickly. One trouble spot has involved pharmacy claims, because pharmacies need to know which plan the customer has selected in order to fill a prescription.
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Iowa's GOP governor expands Medicaid program
The Washington Post
The White House welcomed the news that Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad agreed to expand his state's Medicaid program under the administration's healthcare law. Under a compromise with the Department of Health and Human Services, the state will be allowed to charge premiums to people who earn between 100 percent and 133 percent of the federal poverty line to pay a modest premium for health coverage.
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Utah may substitute private insurance for Medicaid expansion
The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah is edging closer to an Arkansas-style alternative to expanding Medicaid. A Legislative Health Reform Task Force revisited, tweaked and approved three expansion scenarios for recommendation to the full legislature. Still on the table: Doing nothing and keeping Medicaid eligibility rules as they are now. But in a surprise twist, lawmakers ditched previously favored partial expansion strategies in favor of giving low-income Utahns public dollars to buy private insurance.
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Judge mulls suit over Medicaid plan from Arizona governor
The Associated Press via Beaumont Enterprise
A lawyer for Arizona's Republican governor Jan Brewer asked a judge to block an effort by GOP lawmakers to block an expansion of Arizona's Medicaid health insurance program six months after pushing the law through the legislature.
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McDonnell wants review of any Medicaid expansion
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Even if Virginia decides to expand its Medicaid program, Gov. Bob McDonnell wants a second look in two years before the state would start paying part of the bill. McDonnell proposed to put a sunset clause on any expansion of the program by the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission, created this year to oversee reforms that lawmakers insist be accomplished before — or, some say, at the same time as — expanding the program under the federal Affordable Care Act.
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Federal data: Health disparities among states
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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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Experts suggest Medicaid expansion could enroll 8 million
Politico
Enrollment 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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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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