Republican states consider Medicaid expansion; Calif. senator proposes coverage for illegal immigrants under Medi-Cal;

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> Some lawmakers in Republican states like Michigan, Ohio and Iowa may reconsider their stance on Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act as the states see a rising number of uninsured patients, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

> The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case to decide whether Illinois home healthcare workers who aren't in the union would have to pay "fair share" fees to help cover union negotiations, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Article

> State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Calif.) proposes that sick illegal immigrants, who aren't eligible for health insurance, be allowed to get health insurance through a program such as Medi-Cal, according to the Los Angeles Times. Article

Health Payer News

> Speaking to investors at a recent healthcare conference, payer executives sidestepped naysayers' gloomy predictions about the Affordable Care Act and instead described reform as a cross between a solvable problem and a significant business opportunity, The Washington Post reported. Article

> Cheap health insurance plans providing minimal coverage are staying alive in the market thanks to an Affordable Care Act loophole that lets employers offer meager coverage as long as they offer one plan complying with ACA requirements, the Wall Street Journal reported. Article

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