Arizona Wants Childless Adults Who Are Smokers and Obese To Pay Fee In Medicaid Program

Friday, May 27th, 2011 - 7:50
Friday, May 27, 2011 - 07:40
In an attempt to bring in more revenue and perhaps change risky behaviors among its Medicaid recipients, Arizona wants childless adults who are smokers and the obese to pay a $50 annual fee to participate in the Medicaid program, according to The New York Times.

GOP Lawmakers Turn Up Heat On ACO Rules

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 - 22:28
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 21:50
Seven GOP senators have written the Obama administration asking that proposed rules for accountable care organizations be rescinded, according to PBS Newshour. The senators -- Tom Coburn, Jon Kyl, Mike Crapo, Mike Enzi, John Cornyn, Pat Roberts and Richard Burr -- described the rules as "unworkable."

Counties Caught in the Middle of the Federal-State Spat Over Medicaid

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 - 21:36
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 21:21
The federal government is enforcing a requirement, as part of the health reform law, that forces states to maintain Medicaid eligibility standards into 2014, when the law's most important provisions take effect. The states say they need those requirements to be relaxed because they are withering under mounting fiscal pressures that threaten to strip funding from other central responsibilities, such as education funding.

Could the Next Debate Over the Medicare "Doc Fix" Bring Medicare Reforms?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 - 11:23
Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:59
Medicare has dominated the headlines recently. Congressman Paul Ryan's voucher plan for Medicare is likely to be a top issue in the GOP presidential nomination process, while many members of Congress continue to speak out against the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which has the authority to pressure Congress into making cuts to Medicare.

Final Regulation Released on Insurance Rate Hike Reviews

Friday, May 20th, 2011 - 9:28
Friday, May 20, 2011 - 09:11
The Obama administration has decided to stick to its original stipulation that insurance companies must justify proposed rate increases of more than 10 percent, issuing a final rule that will take effect in September, according to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

New Maine Health Law May Collide With Federal Health Reform

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 - 9:22
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 09:06
Maine is moving forward with a state health law that gives insurers more leeway than permitted under the federal health reform law, according to The Hill. Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed the law on Tuesday. It has one of the cornerstones of conservative ideas for reforming health markets -- allowing insurers to sell their products across state lines. The state law is on a collision course with the federal law in a number of ways:

Minnesota Also Mired In Tricky Insurance Exchange Politics

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 - 11:15
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 10:54
Minnesota, a state with one of the most advanced health care systems in the nation, can't get an insurance exchange bill passed because of a complicated disagreement that defies the typical Democrat versus Republican standoff, according to Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post.

HHS Gives Waivers to Two More States; Effort to Boost Primary Care Options in Danger

Monday, May 16th, 2011 - 14:41
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 13:48
The Department of Health and Human Services has granted Nevada and New Hampshire waivers allowing them to meet medical loss ratio requirements on a more gradual basis, according to The Hill. This brings the number of states that have been granted such waivers to three, with Maine recently receiving a waiver.

Influential Groups Say Accountable Care Regulations Too Onerous

Friday, May 13th, 2011 - 12:20
Friday, May 13, 2011 - 11:52
One of the major cost-cutting efforts within the health reform law has gotten off to a rocky start, after the American Medical Association described the Obama administration's proposed rules governing Accountable Care Organizations as onerous and unworkable, according to The Associated Press.

Florida to Become State To Watch With Switch to Medicaid Managed Care

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - 15:20
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 14:58
The GOP-controlled Florida Legislature has approved moving nearly all of the state's Medicaid recipients into a managed care system, according to the News Service of Florida.