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Obamacare boosts state Medicaid spending

States are spending more on Medicaid, but they're also receiving more from the federal government to cover the costs, according to a report from the National Association of State Budget Officers.

Company aims to help uninsured without actually insuring them

Health insurers have lots of competition vying for the same consumers, especially in the health insurance exchanges, but one non-traditional company could be looking to compete against traditional insurers in a whole new way.

Low-income children miss regular doctor visits

Last year, 63 percent of children on Medicaid received at least one medical screening, a number that falls way below the Department of Health and Human Services' goal of 80 percent, according to a federal report.

Medicaid expansion rollbacks could bode an ill omen for hospitals

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act remains stalled in two dozen states. That has created parallel financial universes for hospitals that operate in nonexpansion states versus those...

Midterm elections lower chances of Medicaid expansion

Voters in five states elected Republican governors on Tuesday, dashing most hopes of expanding Medicaid in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas, reported Kaiser Health News.

A different Supreme Court ruling would have added 3M more Medicaid enrollees

If the U.S. Supreme Court hadn't made the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion a state-based decision in its ruling two years ago, an additional 3 million consumers would have been able to enroll in Medicaid plans, according to new data from Enroll America and data analytics group Civis. The data was analyzed by and reported in T he New York Times.

After mid-terms, states may reconsider Medicaid expansion

About half of the states had been staunchly opposed to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but watching billions of federal dollars flow to their neighbors has apparently softened their stance on the matter, Kaiser Health News has reported.

Insurers optimistic about member growth for 2015

Health insurance companies are optimistic about member growth leading into open enrollment, which is set to kick off Nov. 15. 

C-suite fraud: Cases and deterrents

Recent cases of proven and alleged fraud by executives raise the issue of how companies can anticipate and respond to this problem.

States hope to copy Arkansas' private option success

Arkansas has declared its experiment with the "private option" a success--t he state's decline in uninsured was among the best in the country, dropping from 23 percent to 12 percent.  Other states have taken notice.