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Sebelius to states: It’s all or nothing with Medicaid expansion

Sebelius to states: It’s all or nothing with Medicaid expansion

December 10, 2012 4:20 pm by | 0 Comments

The Obama administration answered a key question from governors on Monday with a clear “no”: States may not expand Medicaid only part of the way and still get the full federal funding provided in the Affordable Care Act.
The decision, announced by Heal…


Feds and California will pay for online insurance exchanges with 2 – 4% fee per premium

Feds and California will pay for online insurance exchanges with 2 – 4% fee per premium

December 3, 2012 8:30 am by | 0 Comments

The federally-run health insurance exchanges will be financed with a surcharge — capped at 3.5 percent of monthly premiums in 2014, according to proposed regulation released Friday.



Obama administration gives smokers a way out of higher insurance premiums

Obama administration gives smokers a way out of higher insurance premiums

November 20, 2012 4:31 pm by | 0 Comments

The Obama administration on Tuesday effectively nullified a provision of the federal health law that would have allowed insurers in the small group market to charge smokers up to 50 percent more than nonsmokers.
Under the proposed regulation, employees…


Here are the 10 states under the gun to do something on online insurance markets

Here are the 10 states under the gun to do something on online insurance markets

November 15, 2012 9:25 am by | 0 Comments

With a federal deadline looming Friday, 10 states remain undecided about whether to build state-based online insurance markets designed to help millions of people buy health coverage starting next October.

Still wrestling with the decision are Idaho…


Growth of Medicaid in 2012 continues to drop with enrollment

Growth of Medicaid in 2012 continues to drop with enrollment

October 25, 2012 10:44 pm by | 0 Comments

In a sign of the improving national economy, Medicaid spending growth this year slowed to 2 percent as enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor also slowed for the third consecutive year, according to a report released Thu…


Will the Obamacare provision that pays primary docs more money really be enacted?

Will the Obamacare provision that pays primary docs more money really be enacted?

October 23, 2012 6:18 pm by | 0 Comments

To recruit more doctors to treat the poor, President Barack Obama’s health law took a simple approach: temporarily pay doctors more money.

Starting Jan. 1, primary care doctors when treating patients on Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance p…