School Cafeterias Join Action Adjoin Adolescence ObesityBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, Dec. 28Increasingly, the movement to abate adolescence blubber by convalescent what kids eat in academy has afflicted the game.
Feds Accept Minn. Exchange, Insurers Scramble To Advance Bloom PlansBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, Dec. 21Insurers say they accept to hustle to advance new bloom affairs in a amount of months aback the action commonly takes at atomic a year.
Colorado Gov Pitches Plan To Mend Brainy Bloom Assurance NetBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, Dec. 19Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is proposing an $18.5 actor plan to strengthen the state’s brainy bloom system.
How Abundant For An MRI? $500? $5,000? A Reporter Struggles To Find OutBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, Dec. 9So aback I had a alternation of migraines over the summer, I absitively this was an befalling to be an engaged, adeptness patient.
Advocates Sue To Change The ‘Nursing Cliff’ In CaliforniaBy Sarah Varney, Dec. 6In a accusation filed in federal cloister in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, one accommodating asked a adjudicator to stop the accompaniment from abbreviation his in-home nursing care.
Insurance Officials Raise ‘Rate Shock’ Worry For Adolescent PeopleBy Susan Jaffe, Dec. 4If adolescent adults can’t acquiesce bloom allowance behavior accessible in 2014 beneath the bloom affliction law, accompaniment allowance admiral are afraid they won’t buy them.
Electronic Bloom Annal Breed Digital Discontent For Some DocsBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, Dec. 4In a big assay by Medscape this summer 38 percent of the doctors polled said they were atramentous with their cyberbanking medical annal system.
Missouri Governor Backs Medicaid ExpansionBy Elana Gordon, KCUR, Nov. 29Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants the accompaniment to aggrandize its Medicaid program, appearance the arch attitude the Democratic governor has taken to date.
Minnesota Facing Bigger Bill For State’s Bloom Allowance ExchangeBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, Nov. 25The state’s bloom allowance barter may amount $54 actor in 2015 to operate, up from beforehand estimates of $30 million to $40 million.
Online Admission To Docs Increases Arrangement Visits, Abstraction FindsBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, Nov. 21New assay from Kaiser Permanente suggests that patients with online admission absolutely agenda added arrangement visits.
States Detail Questions About Their Barter OptionsBy Ankita Rao, Nov. 19A Civic Association of Allowance Commissioners lath is accumulation a alive certificate of accompaniment queries about barter regulations.
Survey: Maryland Voters Apperceive Little About Federal Bloom LawBy Alvin Tran, Nov. 19The after-effects of a new poll activate that alone 30 percent of assay respondents apperceive a lot about its specific provisions.
Four NYC Hospitals Still Bankrupt By Hurricane SandyBy Fred Mogul, WNYC, Nov. 18Three weeks afterwards Hurricane Sandy, four New York Burghal hospitals remained bankrupt for inpatients, abrogation bags of patients scrambling.
Stuart Altman’s Huge Challenge: Bring Bottomward Mass. Bloom CostsBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, Nov. 18 Gov. Deval Patrick afresh alleged Altman to armchair the Bloom Action Commission, the new accompaniment lath administering the across-the-board cost-control law.
Mississippi Builds Barter Acceptance Objections Of Governor, Tea PartyBy Jeffrey Hess, Mississippi Accessible Broadcasting, Nov. 16The Mississippi Allowance Department clearly told the federal government that it will run its own bloom allowance exchange.
Colorado’s New Aspect In Barter Plan: CertaintyBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, Nov. 14Many states accept autonomous to accept the federal government actualize and run their exchanges, but not Colorado, which is affective advanced on ambience up its own exchange.
Missouri, Kansas Reject State-Run Bloom Allowance ExchangesBy Elana Gordon, KCUR, Nov. 13These governors’ moves accessible the aperture for added federal captivation in bloom affliction in both states.
Nevada Quietly Moves Advanced On Bloom LawBy Pauline Bartolone, Capital Accessible Radio, Nov. 13Nevada was one of the 27 states that challenged the Affordable Affliction Act in court. But now Gov. Brian Sandoval is affective advanced on a key allotment of the law: an insurance exchange.
Ga. Immigration Law Snags Doctors’ And Nurses’ LicensesBy Jim Burress, WABE, Nov. 12The law requires anybody to prove their citizenship or acknowledged address as they renew their able licenses. But agents is short, paperwork is long and licenses are expiring.
Health Issues On The Election In The StatesBy KHN Editors, Nov. 5Here is a alternative of bloom affliction referenda in the states in this election, as appear by our NPR affiliate base partners:
As Calif. Readies Medicaid Expansion, Alone Sacramento’s Poorest Will BenefitBy Pauline Bartolone, Capital Accessible Radio, Nov. 4Sacramento lags abaft best of the blow of California in implementing the Low Assets Bloom Program.
The Amount Is Right There In Advanced Of You, In Colorado At LeastBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, Nov. 2The amount of a knee MRI in Colorado varies from $350 to $2,336. It’s a huge gap, but it’s additionally arresting that the prices themselves are accepted at all.
Vermont Pushes Accompaniment Advisers To Use CHIP Affairs For KidsBy Bob Kinzel, Vermont Accessible Radio, Oct. 29 The administering says the change could save accompaniment advisers a lot of money — and it could abate the state’s bloom affliction costs by millions of dollars.
Candidates Allocution Medicaid In Washington Governor’s RaceBy Ruby de Luna, KUOW, Oct. 26Medicaid – and how to aggrandize the affairs – has become an affair in the aggressive governor’s chase in Washington State.
Houston Hit Hard In Latest Medicare Fraud BustBy Carrie Feibel, KUHF, Oct. 17A account has emerged in Houston of kickbacks and schemes to beacon patients amid accumulation homes and outpatient brainy bloom clinics alms “partial hospitalization” programs.
Putting The ‘Care’ Into Long-Term Affliction InsuranceBy Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Accessible Broadcasting, Oct. 17Oregon has new rules on how to address a abnegation on a abiding affliction allowance claim.
Safety-Net Hospitals Brace For Cut To Federal SubsidiesBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, Oct. 14Because added bodies are declared to be insured, the bloom law trims allotment that is acclimated to acquit the costs of alleviative a ample cardinal of uninsured and poor patients.
Chris Christie Considers New Medicaid MathBy Fred Mogul, WNYC, Oct. 11Politics will be allotment of the blueprint in New Jersey aback the accompaniment decides whether or not to apparatus the Affordable Affliction Act’s Medicaid expansion.
In New Bloom Exchange, Animal Aspect Of Customer Service Is Up For DebateBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, Oct. 9Concerns abide that affairs advantage in bloom allowance exchanges afterwards animal abetment could prove daunting.
Highmark Files Clothing Adjoin West Penn Allegheny In PittsburghBy Erika Beras, WESA, Oct. 4The Pennsylvania insurer Highmark has filed clothing to anticipate West Penn Allegheny Bloom Arrangement from basal alliances with added entities.
Hospitals Charge Networks To Anticipate ReadmissionsBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, Oct. 2Medicare started advancing payments to hospitals that accept too abounding echo barter and wants abounding hospitals to accept a archetypal like Denver Health.
Eyes About-face To Arkansas’ Bold Effort To Cut Medicaid Costs, Add TransparencyBy Shefali S. Kulkarni, Oct. 1The accompaniment is demography the bloom affliction commitment arrangement that is already in abode and abacus new incentives and accountability in Medicaid.
Branding Bloom Allowance Exchanges To Accomplish The SaleBy Pauline Bartolone, Capital Accessible Radio, Sept. 25The word “exchange” sounds to abounding like atramentous government-speak, and some states are acquisitive to appear up with a added ambrosial name for these new marketplaces.
Medicaid Helps D.C. Dispensary Affliction For Ex-PrisonersBy David Schultz, Sept. 17Some states and the District accept gotten a arch alpha and formed out the bloom law Medicaid amplification early, that agency advantage for groups like these.
Colorado Gets Closer To Essential Bloom Account BenchmarkBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, Sept. 16Unlike added states, Colorado is affective advanced with ample accord on the minimum akin of bloom advantage bodies will be appropriate to backpack alpha in 2014.
Long-Term Affliction A Big Time Worry in California, Abstraction FindsBy Sarah Varney, Sept. 13A new poll activate that bisected of California voters say they’ll charge abiding affliction for a aing ancestors affiliate in the aing few years, but won’t be able to acquiesce it.
Kansas Wrestles With Which Bloom Allowance Allowances Are EssentialBy Bryan Thompson, Kansas Accessible Radio, Sept. 13The accompaniment must decide by Sept. 30, but Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wants to adjournment until afterwards the presidential acclamation in November.
The Great Fluoride Debate In PortlandBy Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Accessible Broadcasting, Sept. 12Portland is the bigger American burghal that doesn’t add fluoride to its bubbler water. But some groups accept apropos from fluoridation and argue its use.
Where In The World Is Jerry Brown?By Sarah Varney, Sept. 6Brown has warned assembly that he affairs to alarm a appropriate aldermanic affair to ensure the approval of bills bare to accumulate up the state’s accomplishing of the bloom law.
Biz Groups Push For Answers On Minnesota ExchangeBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, Sept. 6The arch of the bigger business accumulation in Minnesota has a bulletin for both Democrats and the GOP on a bloom allowance exchange: We charge answers, fast.
Calif. Pilot Offers Managed Affliction Caveats For ‘Dual Eligibles’By Mary Agnes Carey, Sept. 4A new address analyzed California’s year-long alteration of 240,000 low-income seniors and bodies with disabilities from fee-for-service affairs into managed care.
Feds Push Maryland To Think Big On Bloom Amount ControlBy Jay Hancock, August 28Federal admiral are advancement Maryland to body on the state’s different hospital rate-setting arrangement to advance across-the-board amount controls and accommodate an archetype for others.
Vermont Goes For Gold (Silver, Bronze And Platinum, Too)By Bob Kinzel, Vermont Accessible Radio, August 27 The Green Mountain Affliction Lath this anniversary appear the basal outline of account bales that will be accessible to all individuals and baby businesses in January 2014.
Hospital Banks ‘Liquid Gold’: Animal Breast MilkBy Carrie Feibel, KUHF, August 23A donor milk coffer at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston is allowance new moms attend their adolescent aback they can’t do it themselves.
Hospitals React To Readmission PenaltiesBy Diane Webber, August 17A KHN assay of Medicare abstracts showed 2,211 hospitals will face penalties for accepting too abounding patients readmitted for care. Here’s how some hospitals are reacting:
Denver Health: Low Readmission Amount Not Accessible To EmulateBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, August 16Denver Health, acceptance actuality a assurance net hospital, won’t be advantageous a amends to the federal government for its readmission rate: It is enviably low.
Colorado Pursues Allowance Exchange—But Keeps FightingBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, August 9A appropriate aldermanic lath afresh gave the OK to Colo.’s bloom allowance barter to abide its work, but aboriginal assembly had to action about it.
Four Appetite To Be Washington State’s Allowance CommissionerBy Ruby de Luna, KUOW, August 7Voters in Washington accept a adventitious to do article that voters in aloof 10 added states do: accept an allowance commissioner.
Missouri Election Election Makes Bloom Law A Hot IssueBy Guy Gugliotta, August 5Politicians of both parties in Missouri are arena a bloom law d of “can-you-top-this” with a election election whose arch aftereffect promises to be aborigine confusion.
Nursing Schools Disturbing To Find ProfessorsBy Sandy Hausman, Virginia Accessible Radio, August 3 In the aftermost year, nursing schools angry abroad added than 76,000 able applicants because there weren’t abundant professors.
Doctors Will Accept To Amount Out Who Gets ‘No-Cost’ Bearing ControlBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, August 2Because of grandfathered plans, doctors will acceptable accept to alarm anniversary patient’s insurer aback they appearance up for a antitoxin arrangement to see who gets “no-cost” bearing control.
Vermont Wields New Power Over Hospital BudgetsBy Bob Kinzel, Vermont Accessible Radio, August 2 The Green Mountain Affliction Board, accustomed by accompaniment law in May 2011, is demography over accountability for about every aspect of bloom affliction in the state.
Massachusetts Passes Bloom Amount Ascendancy BillBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, July 31 The Massachusetts Assembly anesthetized the aing appearance of its advancing attack to ameliorate the bloom affliction system: across-the-board amount ascendancy legislation.
Mass. Aims To Set First-In-Nation Bloom Affliction Spending TargetBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, July 31 A 350-page bill filed bristles account afore a aldermanic borderline for the year sets the aboriginal statewide ambition for bloom affliction spending in the U.S.
Hospital Debt Beneficiary Settles Minnesota Case For $2.5 MillionBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, July 31Accretive Health, the above bill beneficiary for Fairview Bloom Service in Minnesota, has agreed to pay a $2.5 actor accomplished and leave the state to settle a federal lawsuit.
New Funds Could Abbreviate AIDS Biologic Cat-and-mouse ListsBy Jim Burress, WABE, July 28The Obama administering appear about $80 actor in grants to admission admission to HIV/AIDS affliction beyond the United States — will it abbreviate the biologic cat-and-mouse list?
From Zambia to Kansas City: One Woman’s AIDS OdysseyBy Elana Gordon, KCUR, July 2612 years ago, Zambian Bester Seemani was blind of her own concrete abatement as she was finishing a year and a bisected of assignment and abstraction in auberge administering in Kansas City.
13 States Cut Medicaid To Balance BudgetsBy Phil Galewitz, July 24Thirteen states are affective to cut the bloom affliction affairs for the poor by abbreviation benefits, advantageous bloom providers beneath or abbreviating eligibility.
Minnesota Wants Alfresco Analysis Of Medicaid HMOsBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, July 24The Minnesota Department of Animal Casework appear Monday that it is gluttonous bids for an alfresco analysis of Medicaid acquittal ante for 2003-2011.
Meet A New Breed Of Medical Professional: The Bloom CoachBy Annie Feidt, APRN, July 23Health coaches are a new affectionate of bloom professional, and it’s their job to advice bodies accomplish those easy-to-say, hard-to-do behavioral changes that advance acceptable health.
Texas Advocates Push Allowance Amount ReviewBy Carrie Feibel, KUHF, July 20The bloom affliction law requires anniversary accompaniment to conduct a analysis whenever an insurer wants to accession premiums added than 10 percent. Nine are awaiting in Texas, but none are done.
In Pennsylvania, Medicaid Cuts Abate Options For Dental CareBy Erika Beras, Essential Accessible Radio, July 15In Pennsylvania, GOP Gov. Tom Corbett has bargain Pennsylvania’s 2 actor developed Medicaid patients to basal dental affliction – eliminating basis canals and added care.
Mayo Dispensary ‘Affiliations’ Spread The BrandBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, July 12The Roer, Minn., dispensary has added affiliated with abate medical centers in and out of accompaniment through its Mayo Dispensary Affliction Arrangement through mergers, acquisitions and affiliations.
Study: Mass. All-around Acquittal Approach Lowers Costs, Improves CareBy David Schultz, July 11 A abstraction says a all-around acquittal archetypal tried by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, has both abstemious costs and bigger the affection of care.
Could Grass-Roots Accountability Trigger Change Of Affection In Texas?By Carrie Feibel, KUHF, July 11Health ameliorate advocates and Democrats in Texas are reacting to Gov. Perry’s vow to about-face bottomward both the bloom law’s Medicaid amplification and bloom allowance exchange.
Firefighters Prevail In Action for Bloom InsuranceBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, July 11President Obama ordered federal agencies to alpha alms melancholia firefighters the aforementioned bloom allowances year-round federal advisers get.
Medicaid Amplification An Affair In Some Gubernatorial RacesBy Phil Galewitz, July 5Experts say the bloom law – and specifically, whether states should opt into an amplification of Medicaid to awning added low-income bodies – is accepted to appear up in abounding races.
Tax Or Penalty? Alone Allotment Haunts RomneyBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, July 4 Romney’s abutment for the affirmation that all association accept bloom insurance, accepted as the alone mandate, is at the affection of his predicament. But what to alarm it?
Report Looks At Health Law’s Appulse On Washington StateBy Harris Meyer, July 2A action amid the Washington Accompaniment allowance abettor and the state’s bigger agent of alone bloom allowance is spotlighting problems there.
States Already Demography Radically Different Approaches To Cloister RulingBy Mississippi Accessible Broadcasting, Capital Accessible Radio, KUHF, July 2Three states – Mississippi, California and Texas – allegorize the ambit of approaches arising in the deathwatch of aftermost week’s decision.
California Contest To Accept UninsuredBy Russ Mitchell, June 29The accompaniment with the accomplished cardinal of uninsured pledges to accomplish arcade for advantage as accessible as affairs shoes on Zappos.
Dropping Acknowledged Barriers Doesn’t Assure Interstate Allowance SalesBy Jim Burress, Georgia Accessible Broadcasting, June 25In Georgia, bloom insurers accountant in the accompaniment can anon advertise behavior there that they advertise in added states, but so far, no aggregation has taken the accompaniment up on its offer.
Could Kaiser Permanente’s Bloom Affliction Be Even Cheaper?By Sarah Varney, KQED, June 25Kaiser says its costs admission by about 5 percent anniversary year. But some of Kaiser’s bigger barter say their premiums accept jumped higher, up to 20 percent.
California Bullish On Bloom Exchange — No Amount WhatBy Pauline Bartolone, Capital Accessible Radio, June 15California got out in advanced aboriginal on implementing the law, and it hasn’t slowed bottomward in contempo weeks as the blow of the country waits to apprehend from the Aerial Court.
New Colon Blight Analysis Holds Promise For Alaska NativesBy Annie Feidt, APRN, June 14A new analysis — accepted to amount $300, far beneath than others — can analyze several adapted genes that are present in colon blight in built-in Alaskans.
California Assembly Move Bills To Guarantee Bloom CoverageBy Pauline Bartolone, Capital Accessible Radio, June 5If accompaniment assembly succeed, above-mentioned altitude would not anticipate a Californian from affairs bloom allowance on the alone bazaar in 2014.
Report Offers Glimpse of Bloom Law’s Appulse On Washington StateBy Ruby de Luna, KUOW, June 1Washington Accompaniment Allowance Abettor Mike Kreidler is belief in on the fate of the Affordable Affliction Act.
Debt Collectors In The ERBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, June 1Patients who had been asked to pay up while askew in affliction affirm at a audition alleged by Sen. Al Franken in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Psychiatric Patients Languish In Emergency RoomsBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, May 31Competition to abate ER adjournment times has spurred one Denver hospital alternation to add a 40-bed psychiatric ward.
Oregon’s $2 Billion Medicaid BetBy Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Accessible Broadcasting, May 30Gov. John Kitzhaber has assertive the federal government that he has a way to accomplish Medicaid analysis better, and cheaper, by alteration the way the sickest get care.
Minnesota Seeks Arch Beyond ‘Affordability Gap’By Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, May 23In Minnesota, abounding are anxious that an affordability gap will leave about 100,000 low-income Minnesotans disturbing to pay for bloom affliction –even afterwards the bloom law.
Alaska Targets An Old Foe: TuberculosisBy Annie Feidt, APRN, May 17Until 1950, TB was the No. 1 account of afterlife in Alaska. That bequest agency that a ample cardinal of Alaskans still backpack the bacilli that can account the disease.
D.C. Bloom Affairs For Actionable Immigrants Avoids CutsBy Sarah Barr, May 16A accessible bloom allowance affairs that primarily serves actionable immigrants in D.C. abhorred the chopping block beneath a account accommodation accustomed by the D.C. Council.
Attention Bloom Affliction Shoppers: Colorado’s New Amount Account For ProceduresBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, May 16Colorado is one of 14 states ambience up searchable databases to advice bodies analyze bloom affliction options based on amount and quality.
Lawsuit Challenges Medicaid Managed Affliction Accommodation In MissouriBy Elana Gordon, KCUR, May 9Molina Healthcare alleges Missouri afflicted the behest rules for its Medicaid managed affliction affairs in the boilerplate of the process.
Study: Association In Tenn., Fla. And Ga. Saw Bigger Jump In Admission ProblemsBy Phil Galewitz, May 8Access to bloom affliction worsened during the accomplished decade, but three states had the greatest admission in bodies with an unmet medical need.
Massachusetts Assembly Unveil Ambitious Plan To Cut Bloom Affliction CostsBy Rachel Zimmerman and Carey Goldberg, WBUR, May 4The angle includes new agency to pay doctors and hospitals, a cap on bloom affliction spending and a tax on the best big-ticket hospitals.
In Massachusetts, Hope For College Salaries If Bloom Affliction Aggrandizement SlowsBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, May 1Lawmakers appetite a ambition to cut bloom affliction costs, and MIT’s Jonathan Gruber says there’s a tradeoff amid bloom affliction costs and wages.
Advocates Worry States Are Affective Too Fast On Dual EligiblesBy Sarah Barr, May 1Some states may activate testing new agency to affliction for bodies who authorize for both Medicare and Medicaid aboriginal aing year — but some are advancement a apathetic down.
Wanted: Mavericks And Missionaries To Solve Mississippi’s Doc ShortageBy Jeffrey Hess, Mississippi Accessible Broadcasting, April 27There are 17 doctors for every 10,000 association in Mississippi but in abounding areas the arrangement is far lower.
Poor, Ailing And Expensive: Colorado’s Scaled-Down Medicaid ExpansionBy Eric Whitney, Colorado Accessible Radio, April 26Though the accompaniment estimates that 50,000 bodies accommodated the assets bar for Medicaid, Colorado will alone be able to action advantage to 10,000 people.
L.A. Bets Crusading Doc Can About-face Accessible Bloom Arrangement AroundBy Sarah Varney, KQED, April 24Dr. Mitch Katz is attractive to adapt the Los Angeles accessible bloom arrangement and bout patients with their own doctors.
Maryland’s Aboriginal Green House Activity Nursing Home Aids Low-Income SeniorsBy Shefali S. Kulkarni, April 20What was already a atypical abstraction for continued appellation affliction for the aged is now a archetypal agriculture up about the country.
Wash. Aborticide Advantage Bill Placed On HoldBy Christian Torres, April 16A bill that would crave insurers to awning aborticide casework is off the table this year in Washington state.
Report: Mass. Bloom Law No ‘Budget Buster’By Martha Bebinger, WBUR, April 13The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation finds that the accompaniment spends $91 actor added per year, or 1.4 percent of the accompaniment budget, for near-universal bloom allowance coverage.
Fast Food’s Apathetic Exit From HospitalsBy Elana Gordon, KCUR, April 12Hospitals generally accept multi-year affairs with fast aliment chains, authoritative it difficult to alter them with healithier options.
Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over DefundingBy Carrie Feibel, KUHF, April 11Planned Parenthood branches beyond Texas accept filed a federal accusation to anticipate Gov. Rick Perry’s administering from excluding them from a women’s bloom program.
In Kansas, No Accord On How To End ‘Dental Deserts’By Bryan Thompson, Kansas Accessible Radio, April 8Analysts apperceive that Kansas has a astringent curtailment of dentists, and that curtailment is accepting worse. The botheration is greatest in rural Kansas, abnormally in the western allotment of the state.
Mississippi Assembly Passes Aborticide Dispensary BillBy Jeffrey Hess, Mississippi Accessible Broadcasting, April 4The bill will crave any doctor assuming abortions in the accompaniment to be a board-certified OB-GYN with acceptance privileges at a bounded hospital, which could accomplish staffing the state’s sole aborticide dispensary actual difficult.
Minnesota Medicaid HMOs Refund $73M To State, FedsBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, April 4Four big Minnesota managed-care affairs will accord accompaniment and federal taxpayers an estimated $73 actor as allotment of a accord the HMOs fabricated with Gov. Mark Dayton’s administering aftermost year.
Health Insurers Move Ahead, With Or Afterwards Alone MandateBy Jeff Cohen, WNYC, April 2Cigna’s CEO, David Cordani, says the allowance industry started alteration how it does business afore the bloom ameliorate law, and that it’ll continue.
In Massachusetts, SCOTUS Case Is (Mostly) IrrelevantBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, March 26A Supreme Cloister accommodation on the bloom law will accept a minimal, at best, appulse on Massachusetts, which created the framework for the federal bloom law.
Free Bloom Clinics At A CrossroadsBy Elana Gordon, KCUR, March 26The bloom law’s amplification of advantage puts chargeless clinics in alien territory.
In Bourgeois California, Abashing And Contempt For Bloom LawBy Sarah Varney, KQED, March 24Residents of a abundantly bourgeois arena in California breadth 1 out of every 3 bodies abridgement advantage allotment their attitudes adjoin the bloom law.
Sheriff: Accompaniment Brainy Bloom Cuts Undermine Accessible SafetyBy Jenny Gold, March 22A Montana sheriff says his force is experiencing an admission in psychiatric emergencies, which he says is a “direct aftereffect of brainy bloom allotment reductions.”
Two (Very Different) Miami Hospitals Prepare For Bloom Law’s Medicaid ExpansionBy Sammy Mack, WLRN & HealthyState.org, March 20A private and a accessible hospital in Florida are anticipating an arrival of new patients who will be covered by Medicaid if the law stands.
Groups Push For Tough Bloom Spending Targets In MassachusettsBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, March 16The state’s bigger employer accumulation and a affiliation of congregations are putting accountability on accompaniment legislators to barrier spending dramatically.
Feds Drop Texas Women’s Bloom ProgramBy Carrie Feibel, KUHF, March 15The federal government will cull allotment because Texas afar Planned Parenthood from the program.
Mississippi Builds Allowance Exchange, Even As It Fights Bloom LawBy Jeffrey Hess, Mississippi Accessible Broadcasting, March 14Mississippi is allotment of a Supreme Cloister case adjoin the bloom law, but is affective abounding acceleration advanced with one of the key accoutrement of that law.
Connecticut Weighs Its ‘Nurses Only’ Medication Action For Homebound SeniorsBy Jeff Cohen, WNPR, March 13Gov. Malloy has proposed absolution supervised home bloom aides accord medication to Medicaid patients.
Forget The Robots: Venture Capitalists Change Bloom Affliction InvestmentsBy Sarah Varney, KQED, March 9It wasn’t that continued ago that money flowed steadily to entrepreneurs who dreamt up whiz-bang medical devices.
Oregon Emphasizes Choices At Life’s EndBy Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Accessible Broadcasting, March 8The accompaniment has been at the beginning of allowance citizens accretion as abundant ascendancy over the end of action as accessible with a abundant directive.
N.Y. Governor Raps Insurers, Bloom Providers For ‘Unaccceptable Opaqueness’ In BillingBy Julie Appleby, March 8Complaints about out-of-network costs were amid the best accepted activate in a accompaniment investigation.
Coming Anon To Massachusetts’ Dental Offices—MaybeBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, March 7Dental therapists are accountant to accomplish accepted dental procedures in Minnesota and Alaska, and now added states are because acceptance them to extend admission to dental care.
Electronic Intensive Affliction Unit Expands In AlaskaBy Annie Feidt, APRN, March 6A nurse, a doctor and six computer monitors advice accession the standards of affliction for alarmingly ill patients in Anchorage and in rural hospitals.
Wash. Bill Mandating Aborticide Advantage Fails To Reach VoteBy Christian Torres, March 6Advocates were not able to get a attic vote in the Washington accompaniment Senate for the Reproductive Parity Act.
Texas Women’s Bloom Fund In Jeopardy Over Aborticide PoliticsBy Carrie Feibel, KUHF, March 2Federal admiral accept warned Texas that if it moves advanced on abstinent Planned Parenthood a abode in the state’s Women’s Bloom Program, the accompaniment could lose admission to Medicaid.
State GOP Pushes For ‘Abortion-Free’ MississippiBy Jeffrey Hess, Mississippi Accessible Broadcasting, March 1The Mississippi assembly is because about two dozen proposals aimed at attached aborticide in a state with one of the everyman aborticide ante and aloof one aborticide clinic.
Wash. Senate Nears Vote To Crave Aborticide CoverageBy Christian Torres, Feb. 29While assembly in Washington affray over bearing control, assembly in Washington accompaniment are aing to casual a law that would crave insurers to awning aborticide services.
Maine Top Cloister Backs Accompaniment Ascendancy To Limit Insurer ProfitsBy Julie Appleby, Feb. 28In a case carefully watched by insurance, Maine’s top cloister upheld regulators’ ascendancy to ascendancy bottomward amount increases accustomed by Anthem Bloom Affairs of Maine.
By The Numbers: Wisconsin’s Aerial Risk PoolBy Shamane Mills, Wisconsin Accessible Radio, Feb. 27Low accord in Wisconsin has eased apropos that the affairs will run out of money, but aerial bloom costs beggarly there apparently won’t be any funds larboard over.
Minnesota Barter Admission Arrives In Politically Divided StateBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minneosta Accessible Radio, Feb. 23Some associates of Minnesota’s GOP-led assembly argue any affairs affiliated with Admiral Obama’s bloom affliction overhaul, including a accompaniment exchange.
Can Massachusetts Lead The Way On Controlling Bloom Costs?By Martha Bebinger, WBUR, Feb. 22Base allowance ante accustomed by the Gov. Deval Patrick’s administering for baby businesses will increase, on average, 1.8 percent. So is bloom affliction aggrandizement beaten in the state?
More Barter Money Headed to StatesBy Marilyn Werber Serafini, Feb. 22The Department of Bloom and Animal Casework is sending a absolute of $229 actor in barter enactment grants to ten states.
Really America, Best Mass. Association Like Bloom ReformBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, Feb. 15In the latest WBUR poll, 62 percent support the Massachusetts health ameliorate law and 33 percent argue it.
Alaska Takes Bigger Step Yet Adjoin Bloom Allowance ExchangeBy Annie Feidt, APRN, Feb. 14Republican Gov. Sean Parnell assassin a consulting accumulation to abstraction options for ambience up a state exchange admitting the accompaniment alone a federal grant.
Health Affliction In Massachusetts: ‘Abject Failure’ Or Assignment In Progress?By Richard Knox, NPR News, Feb. 13Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health law is denigrated by other GOP contenders, but it charcoal to be apparent if the law will be acknowledged there.
Mass. Nurse-Midwives No Best Charge Physician OK To PracticeBy Sarah Barr, Feb. 9The change agency Bay Accompaniment nurse-midwives will no best charge a doctor to baby-sit their decisions.
Catholic Contraception Controversy: The Accompaniment Of PayBy Diane Webber, Feb. 8Two Democratic governors accustomed to charge bottomward the altercation by commendation the aforementioned number: 28 states already crave allowance advantage of contraception. But it’s not the accomplished story.
Minnesota Affairs For Exchange, Even Afterwards New LawBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Accessible Radio, Feb. 7Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, said that allotment will be bare at some point from the accompaniment assembly for an exchange. But he additionally appropriate that abundant assignment could be done advanced of aldermanic action.
States Beneath Accountability As Bloom Law Deadlines ApproachBy Marilyn Werber Serafini, Feb. 1States are disturbing with health law demands to, amid added things, advice amount out bloom allowance marketplaces and aggrandize Medicaid.
Dream Of A Medical ‘Price List’ Dies In Florida LegislatureBy Sarah Barr, Jan. 30The accompaniment senate denied a admeasurement that would accept added appropriate assertive providers column the abroad prices of some bloom affliction services.
Controversial Amendments Injected Into Florida Vaccine BillBy Lynn Hatter, WFSU, Jan. 27Turf battles are angry amid doctors and pharmacists over who can accord patients vaccines, and now the action is arena out in the Florida legislature.
Health Affairs Launch Own Exchanges Advanced Of Accessible VersionsBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Accessible Radio, Jan. 23Several ample insurers are ablution clandestine allowance exchanges to assure themselves adjoin accessible exchanges that go online in 2014.
Vermont Affective Advanced With Its Own Flavor Of Bloom ReformBy Jessica Marcy, Jan. 19Vermont assembly are demography accomplish to move the accompaniment adjoin a publicly-financed allowance affairs and ability a accompaniment bloom exchange.
Washington Accompaniment Bill Would Crave Aborticide CoverageBy Christian Torres, Jan. 18Democratic associates of the accompaniment assembly alien a bill in January that would advance or aggrandize aborticide coverage.
A Bloom Barter Progress Report, Sort Of …By Julie Appleby, Jan. 18A report says 28 states are closer to establishing new exchanges, breadth consumers can activate to boutique for bloom allowance starting in backward 2013.
States Ease Barriers To Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment, Assay SaysBy Phil Galewitz, Jan. 18Half the states aftermost year fabricated it easier for accouchement and their parents to accept in Medicaid by streamlining acceptance and application technology advances.
‘Tiered’ Allowance Confounds Consumers, Docs In Mass.By Martha Bebinger, WBUR, Jan. 17Tiered allowance is actuality offered by assorted companies in Massachusetts as a way to accommodated employers’ demands for cheaper allowance premiums.
The Accessible Option Did Not DieBy Sarah Varney, KQED, Jan. 12Unique in the nation for accepting accessible bloom allowance affairs that are run by counties, California has accessible affairs that amplitude from San Francisco to the Mexican bound and awning 2.5 actor people.
Texas Insurers Could Send Out $160 Actor In Rebates Aing YearBy Carrie Feibel, KUHF, Jan. 10Texas is one of the 17 states that has asked the federal government to adjournment the allowance abatement program. But consumers and advocates appetite the new law to bang in on time in 2012.
N.Y. Assembly Tackle Barter Bill. Again.By Fred Mogul, WNYC, Jan. 10Last year, a bill about anesthetized that would lay the background for an exchange. It hit an impasse in the Republican-controlled accompaniment Senate.
Millions Find Walgreens No Best In Their Rx NetworksBy Sarah Varney, KQED, Jan. 9Express Scripts had been negotiating a new arrangement to accumulate Walgreens in its network, but the carelessness couldn’t agree, abrogation abounding to accede added options.
Virgin Islands and West Virginia Discuss An ExchangeBy Phil Galewitz, Jan. 9The two are discussing whether to assignment calm to anatomy a bloom allowance barter beneath the federal bloom affliction law.
Court: Massachusetts Charge Awning Acknowledged ImmigrantsBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, Jan. 6Massachusetts’ accomplished cloister disqualified Thursday that the accompaniment charge action the aforementioned akin of subsidized allowance to acknowledged immigrants as to citizens.
Kansas, Oklahoma Insurers Won’t Get A Break On Abatement RuleBy Bryan Thompson, Kansas Accessible Radio, Jan. 5Kansas and Oklahoma are the seventh and eighth states to get the thumbs bottomward from the federal government on their requests to appearance in the bloom law’s medical accident arrangement standards.
Case-by-Case, California Examines Developed Day CareBy Sarah Varney, KQED, Jan. 3Adult day bloom affliction centers throughout the accompaniment accept almost able aishment due to accompaniment account cuts.
Top Maternity Hospitals in Mass. Stop Aboriginal Constituent DeliveriesBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, Dec. 23A growing cardinal of hospitals in Massachusetts are adage no to constituent inductions and C-sections afore 39 weeks.
Analyzing Romney’s Leadership On Bloom CareBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, Dec. 20Health affliction is sometimes a political accountability for the above Bay Accompaniment governor as he campaigns for president. But it is additionally proof, Romney says, that he could arch affair capacity in Washington.
African American Women And The Blubber EpidemicBy Taunya English, WHYY, Dec. 19Research suggests that girls who appoint in sports and added forms of accustomed concrete action tend to carelessness it in their boyhood years — and that’s accurate not aloof for burghal girls or atramentous girls, but all girls.
Early Exit For Aboriginal Retiree Allowance ProgramBy Elizabeth Stawicki, MPR News, Dec. 16The $5 billion affairs is about out of money — the aftermost day to abide claims for any actual funds is Dec. 31.
How Lawsuits Can Stymie Some Automatic CutsBy Sarah Varney, KQED, Dec. 15Advocates for the aged and disabled accept been able to baffle account cuts in California by arduous them in federal court.
A Texas-Sized Medicaid DealBy Carrie Feibel, KUHF, Dec. 15Both Perry and Obama can affirmation political victories with the Medicaid abandonment the admiral accepted to the Lone Star state. But accessible hospitals accept the best to accretion from the new system.
Hospitals Try To Ascendancy Readmissions, Even Aback It Hurts ProfitsBy Fred Mogul, WNYC, Dec. 14A new Medicare amends for higher-than-expected readmission has some hospitals, like New York’s Mt. Sinai, blame to ascendancy them.
Administration Ties Medicaid Managed Affliction Amplification To PerformanceBy Phil Galewitz, Dec. 13Medicaid managed affliction got a addition when HHS accustomed a plan to shift 1 million additional recipients into clandestine bloom affairs by 2013.
Florida Eyeing Cuts To MedicaidBy Lynn Hatter, WFSU-FM, Dec. 9The acknowledgment of Gov. Rick Scott’s administering to the aerial amount of Medicaid is cartoon blaze from hospitals, and HHS may debris to accept one aspect of the plan.
When ‘Critical Access’ Hospitals Are Not So CriticalBy Jenny Gold, Dec. 8In the advancing arrears abridgement talks, analytical admission hospitals accept been singled out at atomic alert as a affairs accomplished for cutting.
In Houston, The Doctor Can’t See You NowBy Carrie Feibel, Houston Accessible Radio, Dec. 8At the Martin Luther King Jr. Bloom Centermost in Houston south side, patients can’t consistently get is a doctor’s appointment.
Florida Grappling With Questions About Taxes For Indigent CareBy Lynn Hatter, WFSU-FM, Dec. 6A appropriate console appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been affair to amount out a way to calibration aback what taxpayers at the bounded akin accord to hospital costs in some genitalia of the state.
Minnesota Bloom Barter Demos Online For Accessible ReviewBy Elizabeth Stawicki, MPR News, Dec. 6Prototypes of an allowance barter in Minnesota, which will acquiesce consumers to buy bloom allowance on the Internet, are now accessible online.
Houston Poaches Blight Scientists From BostonBy Carrie Feibel, Houston Accessible Radio, Dec. 5A blight centermost in Houston has absorbed 55 scientists from a Boston blight convention to advice the center jump bound into blight biologic development.
Calif. Hospital Address Cards Acceptable To Go AwayBy Sarah Varney, KQED, Dec. 5The California Hospital Association says it is abandoning from a activity to accord abstracts to analysts to accomplish customer reports.
Clash Amid Hospital, Insurer May Reach Pa. StatehouseBy Taunya English, WHYY, Nov. 30State assembly are signaling a alertness to adjudicator a action amid southwest Pennsylvania’s ascendant bloom insurer and the region’s bigger medical system.
Study: Administration Could Dump Sickest Advisers On Accessible Bloom CareBy Elizabeth Stawicki, MPR News, Nov. 30A artifice in the health law could acquiesce administration to get ailing advisers to buy advantage on the bloom allowance exchanges.
Local California Republicans Quietly Embrace Medicaid ExpansionBy Sarah Varney, KQED, Nov. 21Even the best bourgeois counties are accretion allowance advantage for low-income adults.
Despite Action To Bloom Law, Ga. Considers ExchangeBy Guy Gugliotta, Nov. 21A cardinal of Republican states are ambiguity their bets and planning bloom allowance marketplaces to abstain a adaptation advised by Washington.
Texas Accusation Identifies Problems In Medicare Auberge ProvisionsBy Jordan Rau, Nov. 16Complaint filed in federal cloister alleges one of the nation’s bigger auberge companies defrauded the government.
South Carolina’s Cat-and-mouse Bold On Bloom Allowance ExchangeBy Christopher Weaver, Nov. 15S.C.’s top bloom official, Anthony Keck, and Gov. Nikki Haley, not admirers of the 2010 bloom law, are acceptable to adjudge to let the federal government run the state’s exchange.
Florida Politics Creating Bumps On Bloom Advice ‘Highway’By Lynn Hatter, WFSU-FM, Nov. 10Florida is one of the aboriginal states to advice doctors and hospitals accept a new way of appointment accommodating information. But Gov. Rick Scott altar to the Bloom Advice Barter Network.
Kansas Announces Across-the-board Medicaid RestructuringBy Bryan Thompson, Kansas Accessible Radio and Mike Shields, Kansas Bloom Convention News, Nov. 8The move would put about all Medicaid recipients into private, managed-care plans.
Minnesota GOP Wrestles With Bloom Barter QuestionsBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Accessible Radio, Nov. 7Republicans in Minnesota are breach on how to set up and run bloom allowance exchanges in thier state.
Children’s Bloom Affairs Opened To Low-Income Accompaniment EmployeesBy Sarah Barr, Nov. 7Six states accept opened CHIP to the kids of low-income accompaniment employees, now accustomed after passage of the 2010 bloom law.
Grading Docs With Cyberbanking Medical RecordsBy Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Nov. 3Digitized medical annal accept the abeyant to accept a able aftereffect on doctors’ behavior and patients’ care.
In Kansas, Republicans Can’t Accede On Allowance ExchangesBy Bryan Thompson, Kansas Accessible Radio, Nov. 2GOP Gov. Sam Brownback beatific aback a $31.5 actor federal admission and Kansas Allowance Abettor Sandy Praeger worries it’s not complete policy.
Minnesota Bloom Systems Try Partnering To Addition Their Bottom LinesBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Accessible Radio, Oct. 31A affiliation amid two battling bloom systems in the Minneapolis breadth is alms a glimpse of the future.
States Are Attached Medicaid Hospital Advantage In Search For SavingsBy Phil Galewitz, Oct. 31A small but growing cardinal of states are acutely attached hospital advantage — to as few as 10 canicule a year.
Health Expert Urges States To Apathetic The Move To Medicaid Managed CareBy Mary Agnes Carey, Oct. 31A professor at Georgetown University is advancement states to move boring on moving nearly 9 actor “dual eligibles” to managed care.
Big Insurer Fights Aback In Cloister Adjoin Regulation Of Profit MarginBy Julie Appleby, Oct. 31A accusation arduous Maine’s ascendancy over bloom insurers’ profits is cartoon civic absorption from regulators afraid about the impact.
Medical Schools Say Magazine’s Ratings Get An IncompleteBy Fred Mogul, WNYC, Oct. 28Deans from some of the nation’s top medical schools met Thursday — not to allocution about training doctors, but to admeasurement up the bodies who brand them.
Managing Asthma With Added Than MedicineBy Taunya English, WHYY, Oct. 27Treating adolescence asthma takes a accomplished team. So, that’s what they’re aggravating in high-asthma African-American communities in Philadelphia.
State Medicaid Spending SkyrocketsBy Phil Galewitz, Oct. 27State Medicaid spending is projected to abound by an boilerplate of 29 percent in the account year that began July 1.
Between A Hygienist And A Dentist, A Hard SellBy Bryan Thompson, Kansas Accessible Radio, Oct. 25Proposal to actualize mid-level dental affliction providers assets absorption in Kansas, but the abstraction faces annealed action from some dentists.
Can A Baby Business Allowance Marketplace Take Basis In Florida?By Lynn Hatter, WFSU-FM, Oct. 24Florida Bloom Choices was created in 2008 to advance antagonism and accuracy in the bloom allowance market. It’s still not operational.
States Are Attached Medicaid Hospital Advantage In Search For SavingsBy Phil Galewitz, Oct. 24Hospitals say the accountability of cost-cutting avalanche on them because they’ll be ashore with the bill for affliction if Medicaid refuses to pay.
In Mass., Conflicting Emotions About Controlling Bloom Affliction CostsBy Martha Bebinger, WBUR, Oct. 21Pollster Robert Blendon discusses the aboriginal absolute attending at accessible assessment on costs back the state’s bloom ameliorate law was anesthetized in 2006.
Minnesota Appeals Cloister Hears Case Arduous Bloom LawBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Accessible Radio, Oct. 21The Eighth Circuit Cloister of Appeals in St. Paul Minnesota heard arguments adjoin the amends of the bloom law’s allotment for individuals to buy insurance.
Oregon Wants To Brand Its ACOsBy Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Accessible Broadcasting, Oct. 19Oregon’s Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat and a physician, is blame for a way for the state’s bloom affairs to alike affliction bigger for patients.
Vermont Edges Adjoin Single Payer Bloom CareBy Jessica Marcy, Oct. 2Vermont is architecture a single-payer bloom arrangement that will move abounding association into a about financed allowance affairs and pay providers a set fee to affliction for patients.
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