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Medicaid expansion ban survives, sent to Perry

Medicaid expansion ban survives, sent to Perry | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
The Legislature approved a pair of Medicaid reform bills Sunday to target fraud, redesign long-term care for elderly and disabled Texans and ensure that Texas does not participate in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
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Clock ticking on full Medicaid expansion funds

Clock ticking on full Medicaid expansion funds | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
States still mired in the fight over the Obamacare Medicaid expansion are starting to give up on their first year of full funding — and it’s unclear whether they would be able to tap into the money before 2015.
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Uncompensated Care Faces a Double Hit in Some States

Hospitals in states that opt not to expand Medicaid are at a severe disadvantage to their counterparts in other states, not only because they will mis
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Texas Medicaid Debate Complicated By Politics And Poverty : NPR

Texas Medicaid Debate Complicated By Politics And Poverty : NPR | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
In Texas, it may be politically unwise to cross the governor, but some politicians and advocates in the poor Rio Grande Valley are starting to speak out in support of expanding Medicaid. Gov. Rick Perry opposes all parts of Obamacare.
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North Carolina state officials pitch Medicaid managed care to doctors

North Carolina state officials pitch Medicaid managed care to doctors | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
The McCrory administration made its pitch for managed care while doctors offered support for a Community Care of North Carolina program.
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Schwertner: Texas needs flexibility to meet health needs

Schwertner: Texas needs flexibility to meet health needs | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was sold to the American people on the ambitious premise that it would improve the health of millions of Americans and save tens of thousands of lives through preventative care.
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Hospitals Prepare to Cut Care in Medicaid Opt-Out States

Hospitals Prepare to Cut Care in Medicaid Opt-Out States | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
With 15 U.S. states opting out of President Barack Obama’s Medicaid expansion, hospitals that treat poor and uninsured patients are asking the government to delay $64 billion in planned funding cuts.
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Michigan GOP Posits Medicaid Reform Plan

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A patient’s view on the Oregon Medicaid experiment

A patient’s view on the Oregon Medicaid experiment | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
"Everybody always asks everyone how you’re doing, and to be able say 'My doctor says I’m doing really well,' that’s nice, instead of being in a group of people and saying, 'Well, I don’t really go to doctors.'"...
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Florida rejects Medicaid expansion, leaves 1 million uninsured

Florida rejects Medicaid expansion, leaves 1 million uninsured | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
Republican Gov. Rick Scott threw his weight behind Obamacare's Medicaid expansion—but couldn't get his state legislature to go along with him.
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The Arkansas Medicaid Model: What You Need To Know About The 'Private Option'

The Arkansas Medicaid Model: What You Need To Know About The 'Private Option' | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it

Arkansas has broached what could be a deal-making compromise, giving Washington the increased coverage for the poor it wants and Republicans something that looks less like government and more like business.

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In several states, Medicaid expansion remains in limbo as time runs short

In several states, Medicaid expansion remains in limbo as time runs short | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
Legislatures in 16 states still have yet to decide on health-care law provision as sessions draw to a close.
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Study: Medicaid reduces financial hardship, doesn't quickly improve physical health

Study: Medicaid reduces financial hardship, doesn't quickly improve physical health | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
For two years, a team of researchers have studied what happens when some people get Medicaid—and others are denied. Today, their results are out.
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States’ Policies on Health Care Exclude Poorest

States’ Policies on Health Care Exclude Poorest | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
For millions of people below the poverty line, no assistance for health insurance will be available in states that have refused to expand Medicaid.
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Who to blame for Texas rejecting Medicaid? Gov. Perry’s ‘just one man…he’s not God.’

Who to blame for Texas rejecting Medicaid? Gov. Perry’s ‘just one man…he’s not God.’ | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
Gov. Rick Perry gets most of the credit or blame, depending on your point of view, for Texas’ refusal to expand Medicaid.
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Survey: Even In Southern States, Medicaid Expansion Is Popular

Survey: Even In Southern States, Medicaid Expansion Is Popular | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
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Survey covers Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina

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Medicaid opposition underscores states' healthcare disparities

Medicaid opposition underscores states' healthcare disparities | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Republican opposition in many statehouses to expanding Medicaid next year under President Obama 's healthcare law — opposition that could leave millions of the nation's poorest residents without insurance coverage — will likely...
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Options Narrow In Legislature For Helping Low-Income, Uninsured Adult Texans

Options Narrow In Legislature For Helping Low-Income, Uninsured Adult Texans | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
A bipartisan bill that would have created health insurance for some uninsured adult Texans has failed in the Texas House. Now the bill's supporters are looking for other legislative solutions before the session ends in two weeks.
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Perry: Medicaid Expansion a Bad Idea

Perry: Medicaid Expansion a Bad Idea | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
Of all the bad ideas related to Obamacare, depending upon Medicaid to do the heavy lifting to 'insure' Americans is about the worst of the bunch.
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Most doctors still reject Medicaid as program expansion nears

Most doctors still reject Medicaid as program expansion nears | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
Because of the program’s history of low payments, fewer than half of U.S. doctors and other health care professionals accept Medicaid patients, according to a recent study.
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GAO: Alternative Measures Could Be Used to Allocate Medicaid Funding More Equitably Among the States

GAO: Alternative Measures Could Be Used to Allocate Medicaid Funding More Equitably Among the States | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
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As Clock Ticks, Chance for Medicaid Expansion Dwindles

As Clock Ticks, Chance for Medicaid Expansion Dwindles | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
With the lower chamber’s window to approve House bills closing, the likelihood of Texas expanding Medicaid coverage — even through a private market alternative — is looking slim.
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What Health Insurance Doesn’t Do

What Health Insurance Doesn’t Do | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
There are probably better ways to improve people’s lives.
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Infostat: With Expansion Looming, Less Than Half of Physicians Accept Medicaid - Healthpocket

Infostat: With Expansion Looming, Less Than Half of Physicians Accept Medicaid - Healthpocket | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
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In Texas, only 31% of physicians accept all new Medicaid patients -- that's down from 67% at the turn of the century (I'm talking 2000, not 1900!).

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Republicans propose Medicaid caps - The Hill's Healthwatch

Republicans propose Medicaid caps - The Hill's Healthwatch | Medicaid Reform for Patients and Doctors | Scoop.it
Two prominent Republicans outlined a plan Wednesday to limit federal Medicaid spending and give states more control over the program. Rep.
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