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Growth in US healthcare spending slows
New York Times
It is a sweeping trend that should mean bigger paychecks for middle-class households and hundreds of billions of dollars in savings for the government. Yet only one in 20 Americans is aware of it.
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Medicaid enrollments in Iowa could be delayed
The Associated Press via Sioux City Journal
Many residents seeking to enroll in Iowa health plans for the poor may not have the coverage by Jan. 1. The Des Moines Register has reported that federal officials haven't provided the state with complete information on more than 10,000 people who appear eligible for public coverage for low-income residents, such as Medicaid.
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Virginia colleges may lose $500 million for indigent care under ACA
Richmond Times-Dispatch
VCU Medical Center and the University of Virginia Medical Center stand to lose about $500 million in federal funds to care for people with no health insurance from 2017 to 2022 through looming cuts under the Affordable Care Act.
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Colorado adds 50,000 to Medicaid rolls in two weeks
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Medicaid expansion is galloping forward in Colorado with the state adding nearly 50,000 additional people in the first two weeks of December to the state’s Medicaid rolls. Altogether in Colorado, more than 114,000 people have qualified to start receiving care by Jan. 1 through Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income people and the disabled.
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Dental care in Colorado still elusive despite coverage under Medicaid
Health Policy Solutions
Almost half a million Coloradans are expected to gain dental benefits under Medicaid by 2016. That doesn't mean they'll be able to see a dentist. Two state policy changes rolling out next year are intended to improve access to oral health care for low-income Coloradans. The state legislature earlier this year voted to expand Medicaid's dental benefits to adults — it now only covers children for most kinds of care.
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A Medicaid bet in Wisconsin
The Wall Street Journal
If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ever runs for president, expect him to talk about his "third way" for Medicaid — a plan that rejects part of President Barack Obama's health law while extending coverage to more poor in the state.
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Wisconsin governor 'Third Way' Medicaid plan criticized as 2016 maneuver
Newsmax
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposed "third way" Medicaid option to make sure his state’s residents have insurance coverage is a maneuver some political pundits claim is designed to lay the groundwork for a 2016 presidential bid by the Republican.
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Illinois governor cuts deal with union on Medicaid contract
Chicago Tribune
Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is shifting the job of vetting who is eligible to receive state healthcare coverage for the poor from an outside company to state employees, a move Republicans criticized as a "backroom deal" that will undermine efforts to root out fraud and abuse.
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Docs, Dems call for Medicaid expansion
WRAL-TV
tate lawmakers decided against expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina, but they are being asked to reconsider. A group of Democratic leaders and community advocates asked legislative leaders to call a special session to reverse their decision and take the federal government up on the offer of funds.

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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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Fewer Medicaid, CHIP improper payments in managed care
MHPA
CMS has announced the FY 2013 Medicaid and CHIP improper payment rates in its 2013 HHS Financial Report. Once again, the error rate in Medicaid managed care is lower than in fee-for-service Medicaid

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