Medicaid News

Vermont Lawmakers Seek to Eliminate Insurance Pre-Authorization

Vermont legislators are seeking to ban insurance companies or Medicaid from requiring pre-authorization before approving medication-assisted treatment. Democratic Rep. Ann Pugh tells The Times Argus she wants to remove any barriers between someone with a substance use disorder and treatment. …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Rental, Voter, Climate Bills as Deadline Looms

The Massachusetts Legislature gave final approval Monday to a bill that would tax and regulate short-term rentals, including those offered by Airbnb and other online platforms. After weeks of negotiations, House and Senate lawmakers reached agreement on the compromise bill …

Maine Governor Vetoes Bills, Calls for Minimum Wage Slowdown

Maine’s Republican governor has vetoed bills ranging from insurance coverage for hearing aids to help for homeless opioid users. Gov. Paul LePage vetoed 13 bills Tuesday. Lawmakers are set to return Monday facing three dozen vetoes. LePage vetoed a $1 …

Virginia Governor Northam Vetoes GOP Healthcare Bills

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a handful of GOP-backed bills related to health care. Northam vetoed a bill that would have allowed all groups like the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to pool their members together in a group to …

Uninsured Rate Keeps Dropping in Pennsylvania, Census Says

The number of people without health insurance in Pennsylvania continues to decline, reaching what Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says is the lowest uninsured rate on record. U.S. Census Bureau data released this week shows Pennsylvania’s 2016 uninsured rate at …

Delaware Bill Aimed at Substance Abuse Insurance Coverage

House lawmakers have unanimously approved legislation aimed at ensuring that people struggling with drug addiction get the help they need. Supporters of the bill say denial of insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment is a major source of failed treatment …

Current, Ex-Kentucky Governors Battle Over Health Law Legacy

As Republicans in Congress prepare to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, Kentucky’s current governor and his predecessor are wrestling over the law’s legacy – and both sides claim the state as a case study of …

Woman Convicted in $7M Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Scheme Charged Anew

A woman who spent more than seven years in prison for a $7 million insurance fraud and the unrelated death of a patient at her now-defunct Pennsylvania nursing home is in trouble with the law again. This time, the Allegheny …

Massachusetts Woman, Son Get Probation for $100K Medicaid Scheme

A Worcester, Massachusetts, woman and her adult son have received probation for cheating the state Medicaid system out of nearly $100,000. The Telegram & Gazette reports that 68-year-old Beverly Cousin, a recipient of personal care attendant services through MassHealth, was …

New York AG Sues Health Insurer Over Hepatitis C Treatment

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against an Albany-area health insurer that he says broke the law by denying coverage for expensive hepatitis C treatments until patients showed advanced symptoms of the disease such as moderate to severe …