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Lawsuit aims to force Missouri governor to enact voter-approved Medicaid expansion

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A lawsuit was filed Thursday to force GOP Gov. Mike Parson to expand Medicaid on July 1, as voters approved in a ballot measure last year. The move comes a week after Parson said he will not broaden the......

Why Your Dentist Might Seem Pushy

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Daryl Austin In 1993, Dr. David Silber, a dentist now practicing in Plano, Texas, was fired from the first dental clinic he worked for. He’d been assigned to a patient another dentist had scheduled for a crown preparation — a metal or porcelain cap for a broken or decayed tooth.......

Missouri governor nixes voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “Although I was never in support of MO HealthNet expansion, I always said that I would uphold the ballot amendment if passed,” said Parson. “However, without a revenue source or funding authority from the General Assembly, we are unable......

Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant waiver challenged in court

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Jon Styf, The Center Square A group of Tennessee Medicaid recipients has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court claiming the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to approve a TennCare block grant waiver violates federal rules.......

Ohio Hires Medicaid Prescription Drug Watchdog as it Undertakes Reforms

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click to enlarge ajay_suresh/FlickrCC Ohio’s Medicaid reforms get a review As it makes sweeping reforms to the way it handles managed care for the state’s $24 billion Medicaid program, Ohio on Wednesday announced that it had hired a company to monitor its progress. The Department of Medicaid announced that it......

Families With Sick Kids on Medicaid Seek Easier Access to Out-of-State Hospitals

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Three-year-old Elizabeth Zakutansky was born with a rare genetic condition that causes multiple seizures. Her neurologist, a top expert on treating her condition, practices at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, less than an hour’s drive from the Zakutanskys’ home in Hobart, Indiana. Her parents would like her to get all......

Nursing home residents have a little more time to spend stimulus checks before losing Medicaid

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Typically, Medicaid enrollees are only allowed to have a limited amount of assets, outside of their primary residence, car and other essentials. For single people, it’s usually around $2,000. Those who exceed that threshold could find themselves kicked out......

Albany’s race to pay off friends — while shunning everyday New Yorkers

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Post Editorial Board State lawmakers are racing to cram as much cash for their allies into next year’s budget as they can by Wednesday’s deadline — without a care in the world for the needs of everyday New Yorkers. Legislative leaders are now finalizing a deal that could boost the......

Judge allows Texas to remove Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Texas has long sought to ban Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions in Texas, from Medicaid. Medicaid funding does not cover abortions except in cases of rape or incest or when the woman’s life is at risk, due to the......

New York lawmakers, advocates dismayed by Cuomo administration’s proposal to cut Medicaid reimbursements

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here While the COVID-19 nursing home scandal that has plagued the Cuomo administration drew a lot of attention at Thursday’s legislative budget hearing, New York state lawmakers still had time to pepper administration officials on what’s being proposed for the......

Covid relief bill may trigger $36 billion cut to Medicare, higher student loan fees

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images A Covid relief bill backed by Democrats could trigger billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare and other federal programs, like ones that support unemployed workers and student-loan borrowers, if it’s......

Tennessee Democrats ask Biden administration to reverse Medicaid block grant waiver

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Tennessee Democrats have made multiple pleas to President Joe Biden’s administration, seeking to rescind federal approval for Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant waiver, which is set to allow the state to receive Medicaid funding in a lump sum. Under the......

Trump administration says it will withhold $200 million in California Medicaid funding over abortion insurance requirement

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “We are taking enforcement action against the state of California for imposing universal abortion coverage mandates on health insurance in the state,” Azar said. “We have informed California that this policy clearly violates federal conscience laws, but the state......

Florida could incur $1.25B Medicaid shortfall by July

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Florida’s Medicaid enrollment could swell by 700,000 beneficiaries before 2022, increasing the state’s costs by 19% and potentially presenting lawmakers in March with a $1.25 billion shortfall, according to projections by state economists. In analyses published Monday after a......

Supreme Court agrees to consider Medicaid work requirements

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The administration had asked the justices in July to reinstate its historic approvals of state work requirements waivers, which it argues may assist certain beneficiaries in transitioning to private policies and may lead to improved health, as well as......

Medicaid is hemorrhaging $100B on Americans ineligible for the program

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Brian Blase Medicaid is meant to cover health care and long-term care for lower-income Americans. But a new report reveals the government — both in Washington and in state capitols across the country — is failing to ensure that only people who are eligible for Medicaid are enrolling. The federal......

Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion

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With its choice of a new leader, the Florida Hospital Association has signaled that seeking legislative approval to expand Medicaid to nearly 850,000 uninsured adults won’t be among its top priorities. In October, Mary Mayhew became the association’s CEO. Mayhew, who led the state’s Medicaid agency since 2019, has been......

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