Medicaid News

Connecticut’s Access Health CT Enrolled 86,000 Since October

Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, says it has so far enrolled 86,000 people in private health care plans and Medicaid since open enrollment began in October. Chief Executive Kevin Counihan said Thursday the exchange is adding 500 to …

Louisiana Seeks to Block Docs from Steering Patients Into Insurance Plans

Doctors who steer Medicaid patients into specific health insurance plans could face heavy sanctions under an emergency rule the state started this month. Calder Lynch, chief of staff for the state’s health agency, said the policy is needed to “ensure …

137,800 in Mississippi Fall in Health Insurance ‘Coverage Gap’

A new study shows 137,800 low-income Mississippians fall into a health insurance “coverage gap.” They’re currently uninsured. They earn too much to enroll in Medicaid but too little to qualify for government subsidies that would reduce their cost of buying …

N.C. Commissioner Goodwin Seeking Apology Over Health Official’s Remark

North Carolina’s Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is publicly calling for an apology from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services Secretary over a remark in which the health official allegedly held Commissioner Goodwin responsible for the state’s rejection of …

Feds Will Enforce Insurance Regulations In Wyoming

The federal government will directly enforce Affordable Care Act regulations in Wyoming when key pieces of the federal health care reform law take effect in January. Federal officials made the decision after learning the Wyoming Department of Insurance lacks the …

Health Care Law to Create Gap For 21K In Hawaii

Roughly 21,000 people in Hawaii who were previously covered under Medicaid will need to buy their own health insurance once President Barack Obama’s sweeping federal health care overhaul takes effect next year, the chief executive of the Hawaii Primary Care …

New Jersey Hospitals Pioneer Cost-Cutting Model

When a patient was moved from the intensive care unit to a regular hospital bed, it used to be routine for Dr. Anthony Granato to order 24 hours of heart monitoring, just in case. A few years ago, his thinking …

Challenges, Opportunities of Health Exchanges, New Insureds

The 12 million Americans expected to begin enrollment in health insurance exchanges next year represent a customer base of new insureds with a demographic profile and health needs that differ from those of the current insured population, according to a …

Otter Hires Firm To Study Medicaid Expansion in Idaho

Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter has hired a consulting firm run by former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt to help decide whether to expand Medicaid to thousands of low-income Idahoans. The Idaho Statesman reported the governor’s office hired Leavitt Partners in …

WellPoint to Buy Amerigroup for $4.46 Billion

Health insurer WellPoint Inc. will buy rival Amerigroup Corp. for about $4.46 billion to create a company that will serve 4.5 million beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid health care programs. The $92-per-share cash offer, which represents a premium of 43 …