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Bills would allow Uber, Lyft to provide non-emergency transport for Medicaid patients

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Watchdog.org reports:

“They aren’t offering Uberlances or AmbuLyfts, but Uber and Lyft are among ride-sharing apps that are offering Florida lawmakers potential savings in costs if they are permitted to provide Medicaid patients with non-emergency medical transportation services.

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Illinois Medicaid enrollment jumps under Obamacare

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

 Illinois is among a dozen states where the number of new enrollees surpassed projections for the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. While the surge in signups lifts the number of insured people, it has also stoked worries about the future cost to taxpayers.

Illinois and Cook County eventually will have to bear 10 percent of the cost of expanding the safety-net insurance program for the poor. The federal government agreed to pay all costs for the expansion through 2016, but it will begin lowering its share in 2017.

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U.S. government unveils goal to move Medicare away from fee-for-service

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Yahoo News reports:

“The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled.

By the end of 2018, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters that 50 percent of traditional Medicare’s $362 billion in annual payments would go to doctors, hospitals and other providers that participate in alternative payment models which emphasize cost containment and quality of care.

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Health Law Tricky for Parents of Medicaid Kids

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

ABC News reports:

“Families shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble getting everyone covered when children are eligible for Medicaid but their parents are not.

Children who qualify for Medicaid, the safety-net program for the poor and disabled, can’t be included on subsidized family plans purchased through the federal marketplace, a fact that is taking many parents by surprise and leaving some kids stuck without coverage.

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Higher Medicaid reimbursement for state’s primary care docs

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Crains reports:

“Doctors providing primary care in Illinois can get higher Medicaid reimbursement rates through the end of 2014.

Illinois officials are reminding doctors to sign up online for the higher rates, which are expected to increase by an average of 93 percent. If doctors sign up by June 30 they can get reimbursed at the higher rate retroactively to the beginning of this year.

The temporary raise should help increase doctors’ participation in Medicaid, said Julie Hamos, director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

That’s important because thousands of uninsured Illinois residents will be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014.

Hamos warned in April that there won’t be enough doctors to treat the expected surge of new Medicaid patients next year unless more physicians participate in the program.

The pay increase for primary care was authorized by the Affordable Care Act.”

Medicaid expansion could spell trouble for patients

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Benefits Pro reports:

“Medicaid is poised to expand in a big way — thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — but just who is going to treat those new patients?

That’s the major flaw of Medicaid expansion, according to new analysis from HealthPocket, a website that compares and ranks health plans.

HealthPocket’s research found that physicians across the board report low acceptance rates for Medicaid patients — and physician assistants and nurse practitioners are unlikely to fill the gap, raising the question of whether Medicaid expansion will simply leave more Americans insured but with no one to go to for their care.

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Fallout for states rejecting Medicaid expansion

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Benefits Pro reports:

“Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to what they scorn as “Obamacare.”

It could mean exposing businesses to Internal Revenue Service penalties and leaving low-income citizens unable to afford coverage even as legal immigrants get financial aid for their premiums. For the poorest people, it could virtually guarantee that they will remain uninsured and dependent on the emergency room at local hospitals that already face federal cutbacks.

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Where each state stands on ACA’s Medicaid expansion

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

A roundup of what each state’s leadership has said about their Medicaid plans:


Where the States Stand

Via: The Advisory Board Company

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to opt out of the law’s Medicaid expansion, leaving each state’s decision to participate in the hands of the nation’s governors and state leaders.

Based on lawmakers’ statements, press releases, and media coverage, the Daily Briefing and American Health Line editorial teams have rounded up where each state currently stands on the expansion.

Increasing rolls pressures Medicaid budget

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

The massive expansion of Medicaid upheld Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court will likely add more than $1 billion over five years to the cost of Illinois’ struggling program, which can little afford any additional financial burdens.

According to various estimates, from 500,000 to more than 900,000 Illinois residents might qualify for Medicaid when the expansion takes effect in 2014. The federal government will pay the full cost of the expansion until 2016, when its contribution begins to taper down to 90 percent by 2020.

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Deep cuts loom as state tries to save Medicaid

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“The list of medicines Jason Carrington must take every day to treat his multiple sclerosis and related symptoms is long: Copaxone injections to prevent relapses, primidone to control tremors, Seroquel to stabilize his mood, lamotrigine and Cymbalta to treat depression and anxiety.

The drugs can cost thousands of dollars a day, an expense the state now picks up. But the 32-year-old Wicker Park resident soon could find himself forced to seek another way to pay for his prescriptions.

Scaling back such coverage is on the table as Illinois looks for ways to cut spending on its health care program for the poor. The state’s plan for drastically slashing Medicaid in order to save it is expected to come into sharper focus this week as a group of lawmakers and aides reports back to Gov. Pat Quinn.

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