Medicaid Expansion

States ready for Medicaid managed care expansion, but long-term care remains a worry, report says

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Stakeholders in Medicaid managed care programs feel prepared for the enrollment surge that will follow the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but there are ongoing concerns related to long-term care and provider capacity, according to a new report.

Governors divided on Medicaid expansion, creating uncertain fiscal forecast for long-term care operators

Governors divided on Medicaid expansion, creating uncertain fiscal forecast for long-term care operators

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There are likely to be notable gaps in Medicaid coverage through the nation when major parts of the Affordable Care Act go into effect on the first day of 2014, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study released Wednesday.

U.S. health chief says government will not fund partial Medicaid expansions

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Answering the question on the minds of many state policymakers, the Obama administration said Monday it will not provide full federal funding for states that go only part of the way on expanding Medicaid.

One way or another, Medicaid spending set to rise by billions, report says

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Despite state-by-state variation, Medicaid spending is expecting to increase by billions of dollars through 2022, according to a study from the Kaiser Commission of Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Increase in dual eligibles under ACA presents opportunity for Medicaid-focused health plans, expert says

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The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion incentives are too attractive for Republican governors to turn down indefinitely, predicted one health policy consultant this week.

Presidential election, Medicaid expansion crucial to future of nursing home funding

Presidential election, Medicaid expansion crucial to future of nursing home funding

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If President Obama is re-elected in November, governors who have resisted implementing the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion will likely change their tune, a former government official speculated last week.

CMS still working on terms of flexibility within Medicaid expansion

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Government officials are reportedly undecided as to whether states can implement partial Medicaid expansions, according to reports.

Questions about 'partial' Medicaid expansion remain unanswered, Medicaid directors leader says

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Despite assurances offered by federal officials, state Medicaid directors remain dissatisfied with the lack of guidance provided to states about the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion.

CMS official outlines 'truly voluntary' Medicaid expansion policy

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Regulators are likely to give states flexibility when it comes to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official suggested Monday.

States ultimately will opt into Medicaid expansion: CMS official

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All states will eventually participate in the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion once governors weigh its costs against its benefits, a top Medicaid official predicted Monday.

Medicaid expansion lowers mortality rates in older adults, new research shows

Medicaid expansion lowers mortality rates in older adults, new research shows

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States that have expanded their Medicaid enrollment in recent years saw a significant decline in mortality rates among older adults, new research finds. Such findings could influence whether states opt to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, researchers note.

States not given Medicaid expansion deadline, Tavenner says

States not given Medicaid expansion deadline, Tavenner says

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In response to a flurry of questions from state governors, the Obama Administration announced it is not imposing a deadline for states to decide whether to implement the healthcare law's Medicaid expansion.

CBO won't have an estimate on Affordable Care Act's deficit impact prior to House repeal vote

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The Congressional Budget Office is still assessing the impact of the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act decision on the federal deficit and won't have an estimate until the end of July. That figure, when it's calculated, could either help or hurt Congressional Republicans' efforts to repeal the law.

Up to 15 Republican governors say they will not participate in health law's Medicaid expansion

Up to 15 Republican governors say they will not participate in health law's Medicaid expansion

The governors of 15 Republican-leaning states have signaled that they will not participate in the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, a new analysis finds.

Big Medicaid cuts a possibility if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, experts suggest

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If the Supreme Court invalidates the Affordable Care Act, long-term care facilities could be among the biggest casualties, a report published in advance of the decision states.

Supreme Court takes on the legality of Medicaid expansion while states grapple over funding

Supreme Court takes on the legality of Medicaid expansion while states grapple over funding

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As state officials negotiate their fiscal 2013 budgets, more than half are grappling with billions in shortfalls that put Medicaid funds at risk, according to a new report.

Supreme Court tackles Medicaid expansion today

Supreme Court tackles Medicaid expansion today

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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments today over whether the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid is constitutional.

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

Despite the mixed feelings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act among long-term care providers, all groups agree that they will be closely monitoring a case now headed to the Supreme Court. The high court said Monday it would hear oral arguments on ACA's constitutionality in March.

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