Healthcare Reform Blog

Joyce CaruthersContributor: Joyce Caruthers
Topic: Medicaid, Healthcare Reform, Health Insurance Exchanges, Hospital reimbursement

Industry insiders predicted an increase in Medicaid enrollment in states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility under healthcare reform, but so far, that forecast hasn’t panned out.


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Posted on: 9/26/2014 3:46:31 PM


Ric GrossContributor: Ric Gross
Topic: Medicaid, Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan

In the full-speed ahead Republican battle against Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid, some GOP-heavy states have taken an off-ramp straight into their own version of Frankenstein’s laboratory. There, states have taken the Medicaid program, tinkered with it, and added enough ancillary parts to expand the program while still trying to appease the party base. Not an easy task, as regardless of the finished product, some villagers will always be carrying torches.
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Posted on: 8/14/2014 11:38:02 AM


Contributer: Sheri Sellmeyer
Topics: Exchanges, uninsured, Medicaid

The latest data on healthcare exchange enrollment underscore a troublesome fact for Republicans: These online marketplaces are quite popular in some very red states.
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Posted on: 7/29/2014 5:24:26 PM


Bill MelvilleContributor: Bill Melville
Topics: Affordable Care Act, Halbig v. Burwell, Medicaid, Health insurance exchanges


A case with the ability to turn the Affordable Care Act on its ear finally went mainstream. Halbig v. Burwell has been coming so long that it was originally filed under a different name (Halbig v. Sebelius). It took its time, but the case led to a 2-1 appellate court decision that has brought the long-running debate over health insurance exchanges to a boil.
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Posted on: 7/24/2014 9:49:41 AM


Chris SilvaContributor: Chris Silva
Topics: Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, Virginia Premier Health Plan, Amerigroup, Coventry Health Care of Virginia, Aetna

Virginia is at a stalemate over whether or not to expand Medicaid—a dispute so acrimonious that the state government could be headed for a shutdown. The looming debate has had an impact on the state’s Medicaid carriers, all of which have seen increases in enrollment in recent years. Read more.
Posted on: 6/23/2014 9:35:21 AM


Bill MelvilleContributor: Bill Melville
Topics: Medicaid, Exchange Innovation

When the state of Arkansas broached its private model for Medicaid expansion, it held up as a potential roadmap for partnerships between states hesitant to expand their Medicaid programs. But the second-state to follow that course, Iowa, is emerging as the bellwether for market innovation.

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Posted on: 3/17/2014 11:25:41 AM


Ric GrossContributor: Ric Gross
Topic: Medicaid, ACA, Exchanges

Drama. Intensity.  Emotions reaching a boiling point. Characters with murky motives. Debates about how things are going to end. While this sounds like a description of HBO’s hit television drama “True Detective,” it also aptly describes the Medicaid expansion debate still raging across multiple states. “True Medicaid”? Not sure if that’s a TV show anyone wants to air, but it certainly is not lacking for lead characters.
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Posted on: 3/10/2014 4:40:44 PM


Jacqueline CavnarContributor: Jacqueline Cavnar
Topics: Affordable Care Act, Provider reimbursement, Medicaid

Po-tay-to or po-tah-to? Single payer or social welfare? There is always more than one side to an argument, especially when the debate is about healthcare.

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Posted on: 1/13/2014 2:10:32 PM


Bill MelvilleContributor: Bill Melville
Topics: ACA, Exchanges, Medicaid, Obama

In President Obama’s Oct. 21 address on the Affordable Care Act and persistent enrollment glitches for the new marketplaces, it was tempting to say the White House gathered all the people for the Rose Garden speech (about 10) who successfully signed up through healthcare.gov to stand behind the president.

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Posted on: 10/21/2013 4:51:55 PM


Bill MelvilleContributor: Bill Melville
Topics: Healthcare reform, Medicaid, exchanges, Kentucky

As the tremors of health reform grow more forceful every day, their epicenter can be hard to pinpoint. Every state has approached the law differently, from Maryland moving ahead on a health exchange in March 2010 to numerous states refusing any role in implementation. Can a single state serve as an indicator for ACA success?

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Posted on: 9/12/2013 3:35:34 PM


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Joyce CaruthersContributor: Joyce Caruthers
Topic: Medicaid, Healthcare Reform, Health Insurance Exchanges, Hospital reimbursement

Industry insiders predicted an increase in Medicaid enrollment in states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility under healthcare reform, but so far, that forecast hasn’t panned out.


Read more.
Posted on: 9/26/2014 3:46:31 PM


Lyda PhillipsContributor: Paula Wade
Topic: Medicaid expansion, uninsured, Wal-Mart

More than 7.2 million people have gained Medicaid coverage since the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces opened in October—an impressive number, considering that only half of states (25 plus the District of Columbia) have opted to expand their Medicaid programs as called for in the ACA. These figures, which represent the end of June 2014, exclude Maine and North Dakota.

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Posted on: 8/15/2014 2:24:33 PM


Ric GrossContributor: Ric Gross
Topic: Medicaid, Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan

In the full-speed ahead Republican battle against Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid, some GOP-heavy states have taken an off-ramp straight into their own version of Frankenstein’s laboratory. There, states have taken the Medicaid program, tinkered with it, and added enough ancillary parts to expand the program while still trying to appease the party base. Not an easy task, as regardless of the finished product, some villagers will always be carrying torches.
Read more.
Posted on: 8/14/2014 11:38:02 AM


Contributer: Sheri Sellmeyer
Topics: Exchanges, uninsured, Medicaid

The latest data on healthcare exchange enrollment underscore a troublesome fact for Republicans: These online marketplaces are quite popular in some very red states.
Read more.
Posted on: 7/29/2014 5:24:26 PM


Bill MelvilleContributor: Bill Melville
Topics: Affordable Care Act, Halbig v. Burwell, Medicaid, Health insurance exchanges


A case with the ability to turn the Affordable Care Act on its ear finally went mainstream. Halbig v. Burwell has been coming so long that it was originally filed under a different name (Halbig v. Sebelius). It took its time, but the case led to a 2-1 appellate court decision that has brought the long-running debate over health insurance exchanges to a boil.
Read more.
Posted on: 7/24/2014 9:49:41 AM


Chris SilvaContributor: Chris Silva
Topics: Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, Virginia Premier Health Plan, Amerigroup, Coventry Health Care of Virginia, Aetna

Virginia is at a stalemate over whether or not to expand Medicaid—a dispute so acrimonious that the state government could be headed for a shutdown. The looming debate has had an impact on the state’s Medicaid carriers, all of which have seen increases in enrollment in recent years. Read more.
Posted on: 6/23/2014 9:35:21 AM


Bill MelvilleContributor: Bill Melville
Topics: Medicaid, Exchange Innovation

When the state of Arkansas broached its private model for Medicaid expansion, it held up as a potential roadmap for partnerships between states hesitant to expand their Medicaid programs. But the second-state to follow that course, Iowa, is emerging as the bellwether for market innovation.

Read more.
Posted on: 3/17/2014 11:25:41 AM


Ric GrossContributor: Ric Gross
Topic: Medicaid, ACA, Exchanges

Drama. Intensity.  Emotions reaching a boiling point. Characters with murky motives. Debates about how things are going to end. While this sounds like a description of HBO’s hit television drama “True Detective,” it also aptly describes the Medicaid expansion debate still raging across multiple states. “True Medicaid”? Not sure if that’s a TV show anyone wants to air, but it certainly is not lacking for lead characters.
Read more.
Posted on: 3/10/2014 4:40:44 PM


Jacqueline CavnarContributor: Jacqueline Cavnar
Topics: Affordable Care Act, Provider reimbursement, Medicaid

Po-tay-to or po-tah-to? Single payer or social welfare? There is always more than one side to an argument, especially when the debate is about healthcare.

Read more.
Posted on: 1/13/2014 2:10:32 PM


Lyda PhillipsContributor: Paula Wade
Topic: ACA, exchanges, narrow networks, high deductibles, Medicaid expansion, insurance cancellations

The Affordable Care Act is complicated—we all knew that, right? And we’ve all had two-plus years to read it, read about it, talk about it, make rules and plans and whole political campaigns about it.

Yet after all that time, many Americans remain uninformed or misinformed about the ACA and what to expect as it rolls out, and the American news media and the government have not made any great strides in explaining it to the public.

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Posted on: 12/5/2013 6:41:54 PM


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