Health and Poverty News

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 08, 2014: Corbett care plan cuts aid for disabled

“If enacted, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy PA Medicaid proposal would repeal a program that provides assistance for low- and middle-income workers with disabilities, many of whom would be forced to pay higher health insurance rates in the commercial marketplace.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, July 08, 2014: $616,500 to insurer to fix state baby glitch (Subscription Required)

“The private option allows eligible recipients - adults with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty level - to sign up for a private plan on the state's health insurance exchange and to have their premiums paid by Medicaid. Pregnant women are normally not eligible for the private option because they qualify under an older, fee-service program that covers expenses related to pregnancy and childbirth for women with incomes of up to 200 percent of the poverty level.”

USA Today, July 07, 2014: (Op-Ed) 'Private option' won't help poor

“Living in poverty is hard enough; having to face sickness without insurance while doing so is a fate no one should bear.”

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, July 06, 2014: Editorial: Failure to expand TennCare taking toll on whole state

“Thousands of Tennesseans would have better access to health care and the state’s economy would receive a boost if lawmakers would accept the federal government’s offer to underwrite an expansion of Medicaid.”

The Palladium-Item, July 07, 2014: (Op-Ed) Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 helps fix broken Medicaid system

“If approved, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 would replace traditional Medicaid for low-income able-bodied Hoosier adults. Unlike traditional Medicaid, which is government-driven, HIP 2.0 is consumer-driven. It allows participants to take greater control over their own health-care decisions through POWER accounts, which are essentially health savings accounts.”

The Tampa Bay Business Journal, July 07, 2014: Florida hospitals ordered to repay $267 million in federal Medicaid funds

“The federal government is seeking to take back $267 million from Florida hospitals in funds it says it overpaid for care for low-income patients.”

The Stevens Point Journal, July 06, 2014: Counties push back against Walker's BadgerCare decision

“Walker was among about 25 governors who declined federal funding to expand Medicaid in their states. Under the Affordable Care Act, states were allowed to expand their Medicaid programs to cover people earning up to 138 percent of the poverty level. Walker chose to expand the program only for those earning 100 percent of the poverty level and said his approach would keep everyone living below the poverty line covered.”

The Tampa Bay Times, July 03, 2014: Demand that hospitals repay Medicaid funds latest sign of D.C.-Tallahassee rift

“The federal government wants to recover $267 million from Florida hospitals it says were paid too much to care for the poor. And it wants the entire amount this year - a demand that is hitting safety-net hospitals like Jackson Memorial in Miami and Tampa General hard.”

USA Today, July 03, 2014: Without federal action, states move on long-term care

“Three years after the demise of the long-term care piece of the Affordable Care Act, some states are retooling their Medicaid programs to maximize the number of people who can get care at home and minimize the number who have to become poor to receive help.”

The Columbus Dispatch, July 02, 2014: White House report touts Medicaid expansion in Ohio

“Ohio’s decision to expand Medicaid has led to a decline in the number of uninsured, added jobs and improved access to cholesterol screenings, mammograms and other preventive care, a new report says.”

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, July 02, 2014: Report: Medicaid expansion would benefit thousands in Tennessee

“If the plan wins federal approval, the state would use its federal Medicaid expansion money to buy private insurance for low-income residents instead of expanding traditional Medicaid.”

The Nashua Telegraph, July 02, 2014: Sign-ups begin for health insurance program for lower-income NH residents

“New Hampshire became the 26th state to embrace the federal health law’s expanded Medicaid program, with as many as 50,000 low-income residents expected to begin signing up.”

The Boston Globe, July 01, 2014: No money set aside for shift in Medicaid

“The stopgap program that enrolled tens of thousands of people in temporary Medicaid coverage after the failure of the Massachusetts health insurance website is not going to have a big effect on the state budget, at least not by the Legislature’s reckoning.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 01, 2014: White House begins new push for Medicaid expansion

“So far, 26 states and the District of Columbia have agreed to expand Medicaid coverage, providing coverage to 5.2 million more people.”

The Journal and Courier, July 01, 2014: (Op-Ed) Pence: Indiana’s plan is the change Medicaid needs

“Today, Indiana submitted its proposal for the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If approved, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 (HIP 2.0) would replace traditional Medicaid for low-income, able-bodied Hoosier adults. Unlike traditional Medicaid, which is government-driven, HIP 2.0 is consumer-driven. It allows participants to take greater control over their own health care decisions through POWER accounts, which are essentially health savings accounts.”

The Hendricks County Flyer, July 01, 2014: Full-service health center to serve homeless patients

“Eskenazi Health and Horizon House recently opened a new health center aimed at meeting the health care needs of individuals experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.”

The Miami Herald, June 30, 2014: Medicaid managed care arrives Tuesday in South Florida

“Beginning Tuesday, more than a half million South Floridians, mostly children and women, will begin receiving their government-subsidized healthcare through private insurers, part of an effort to move about 3.6 million Floridians on Medicaid to a managed care model that lawmakers believe will cut costs.”

The Dayton Daily News, June 29, 2014: Hospital costs fall with expanded Medicaid (Subscription Required)

“Ohio's decision to expand Medicaid has resulted in a sharp decline in the number of uninsured patients showing up for free treatment at local hospitals. But hospital officials were quick to point out the savings on so-called charity care for low-income patients must be balanced against financial pressures in other areas of operation before they can determine the true impact on their bottom lines.”

The Deseret News, June 27, 2014: Poll: Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion has favor with Utah voters

“The Healthy Utah plan is not another version of Medicaid expansion, but sets forth a method to secure federal funds for the state to implement a program in which participants would pay based on their ability to do so. Plans would be offered through private insurers, to protect the local market. It would cover low-income adults below the 138 percent of the federal poverty level.”

The Salt Lake Tribune, June 27, 2014: (Op-Ed) Wilson: California the best ACA state

“The Affordable Care Act’s size and scope led to some incredible flops in states such as Maryland, Nevada, Hawaii and Oregon, where websites intended to help people gain health insurance coverage failed miserably. But other states fared better: Love or hate the ACA, California implemented the complex new law better than every other state. The software worked, red tape was cut, and sign-ups, for the most part, went smoothly.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 26, 2014: Millions enrolling into Medicaid, now what?

“Across the U.S., millions of Americans are tapping into newly available Medicaid benefits. Some, like McClinon, say the coverage offers the chance for a new way of life. But others here, and across the country, are finding a less clear path as they work to access the benefits. As many as 1.7 million Americans nationally are still waiting for a decision on whether their application for Medicaid has been approved. Meanwhile, others are just trying to figure out what the coverage can actually do for them.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 25, 2014: Non-Medicaid plan rolls dip by 331 in Arkansas (Subscription Required)

“The Medicaid expansion extended eligibility to adults with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty level: $16,105 for an individual, for instance, or $32,913 for a family of four. According to numbers released by the state Department of Human Services, more than 152,000 Arkansans were enrolled in the Medicaid-funded plans as of May 31. Those who don't qualify for Medicaid may be eligible for federal tax credits to help them buy coverage. The tax credits are available to those with incomes of less than 400 percent of the poverty level: for example, $45,960 for an individual or $94,200 for a family of four.”

The Timber Lake Topic, June 25, 2014: (Op-Ed) Expanding Medicaid is important for South Dakota

“As a nation, we have taken an enormous step to ensure that more Americans are able to access health care than ever before. In addition to the coverage made available through the new health insurance marketplaces, critical federal funding is helping to expand our nation’s safety net by enabling many to access health coverage through expanded state Medicaid programs.”

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 25, 2014: Va. House GOP lays out legal strategy against governor's possible expansion of Medicaid

“Virginia House Republicans have retained a former U.S. solicitor general in preparation for a potential legal showdown with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe over the governor's ability to expand Medicaid eligibility.”

The Grand Rapids Press, June 19, 2014: 300,000 in Michigan enroll for Medicaid expansion

“More than 300,000 Michigan residents have enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program since it launched 11 weeks ago. The Healthy Michigan Plan began enrollment April 1. Medicaid expansion is anticipated to cover 320,000 low-income adults in the first year, though it could be much more given the rapid race of enrollment so far.”