KanCare forum explores Medicaid expansion debate; Humana pilots telehealth program for MA beneficiaries;

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> Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has shelved his proposal to end the Medicare program, but his new plan is short on details, according to Politico. Article

> Humana is experimenting with a telehealth program for certain Medicare Advantage plan members in Arizona, which is an initiative it hopes will keep seniors from making unnecessary emergency department visits, the Phoenix Business Journal reports. Article

> Two hospitals that are part of the Catholic nonprofit health system Ascension hosted a forum Tuesday in Wichita, Kansas, to discuss how Indiana successfully expanded its Medicaid program and how that approach might be replicated to expand Kansas' program, KanCare. Event webcast

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