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  • Anthem, which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans in 14 states, forecast 2015 adjusted earnings to be more than $9.70 per share and operating revenue of between $78 billion- $78.5 billion. It also operates Medicare and Medicaid plans. The company's net profit rose to $506.7 million, or $1.80 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $148.2 million,...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas' public schools, prisons and Medicaid program would receive boosts in funding while most other state agencies would see a small cut under a $5.2 billion budget plan Gov. Hutchinson proposed increasing the Medicaid budget by $80 million and boosting money for public schools by nearly $51 million. The governor is proposing using about...

  • Indiana gets Medicaid expansion approved Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:05 PM ET
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

    The Obama administration approved Indiana's plan to provide Medicaid benefits to nearly all poor adults, with some cost-sharing features.

  • A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said insurance coverage would cost $964 billion from 2015 to 2024, $68 billion below its April 2014 projection, due to factors including lower than expected enrollment in federal and state insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. Even with slower enrollment in private insurance, CBO...

  • WICHITA, Kan.— A former executive who sued a firm managing part of the privatized Medicaid program in Kansas asked a judge Monday to toss out counterclaims accusing her of trying to extort $3 million, calling those claims a "not so thinly-veiled campaign of retaliation." The latest legal dustup comes in the federal lawsuit filed against Sunflower State Health...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. About 20 percent of traditional Medicare payments, a sum worth $72 billion, currently go to...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Hospital officials gave their backing Monday to a Kansas House committee's effort to expand the state Medicaid program to capture additional dollars under the federal health care overhaul, despite opposition to the plan from Republican leaders. They said expanding Medicaid as contemplated by the 2010 federal health care law would provide...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Republicans in the Ohio House are looking at ways to stabilize Medicaid and ensure recipients can lift themselves out of the taxpayer-funded program, as they grapple with how to move forward with an expansion of the health program. John Kasich's administration extended Medicaid eligibility in 2013 to cover thousands more low-income...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. About 20 percent of traditional Medicare payments currently go to providers with cost-saving...

  • WASHINGTON— Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3- trillion health care system. The shift won immediate support from insurers and the American Hospital Association. But American Medical Association...

  • Medicaid, firing squads on agenda for Utah Legislature Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 11:01 AM ET

    Utah leaders are grappling with how they'll help thousands of poor Utah residents get health coverage under Medicaid, in what's expected to be one of the most hotly debated issues of the session. In Utah, that's about 90,000 people. Rather than having more people on Medicaid, Utah Gov.

  • BOSTON— More than 82,000 people have picked and paid for insurance plans through the state's Health Connector website since the start of the latest open enrollment period in mid-November. An additional 195,000 have been enrolled in MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program, during the same period. Charlie Baker announced he was extending through Jan. 28 the...

  • Asa Hutchinson called on lawmakers Thursday to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through the end of next year while a proposed task force looks at the future of health care in the state. More than 213,000 people are enrolled in the program, crafted two years ago as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the federal health law.

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A Missouri Republican proposed expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income military veterans and their families Tuesday as a slimmed down alternative to a broader Medicaid expansion that has been opposed by many of his GOP colleagues. Ryan Silvey would expand Medicaid coverage for veterans and their families making up to 138 percent of...

  • Medicare chief steps down, ran health care rollout Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 10:11 AM ET

    Marilyn Tavenner's departure underscores the uncertainty overshadowing President Barack Obama's health care law nearly five years after its party-line passage by a then-Democratic-led Congress. Tavenner survived the technology meltdown that initially paralyzed HealthCare.gov, and she remained in place even as her boss, former Health and Human...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON Jan 15- U.S. healthcare executives say Obamacare is likely here to stay, despite repeated calls from Republican lawmakers for repeal of the 2010 law aimed at providing health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. Top executives who gathered in San Francisco this week for the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference, say that...

  • Stingy Medicaid: How much does it really save? Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:29 AM ET
    People wait for evening dinner outside the Salvation Army in Texarkana, Ark., last May.

    The New York Times reports that a tightfisted government imposes very real costs, especially for those benefiting from Medicaid. The NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON— Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama's health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday. The health care law offers subsidized private insurance to people who don't have coverage on the job, combined with expanded Medicaid...

  • U.S. uninsured healthcare rate fell in 4th qtr - Gallup Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    Jan 7- The percentage of Americans without health insurance fell 4.2 percentage points to an average of 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to the expansion of coverage through the U.S. The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid coverage to more people in about half the U.S. states and also introduced new coverage nationwide that is available to all...

  • Florida Medicaid reversal? Forecast is sunnier Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott

    Florida so far has rejected expanding Medicaid benefits to nearly all poor adults, but several factors could change that soon.