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  • AUSTIN, Texas— All 20 Texas Senate Republicans sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama demanding more flexibility for their state to administer Medicaid— but also vowing that, without it, expanding the program under the White House's signature health care law remains "not worth discussing." Dan Patrick, Schwertner likened federal reimbursements...

  • Judge sets date to hear Medicaid plan lawsuit Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    PHOENIX— A judge will hear arguments July 10 on whether the main funding source for Arizona's Medicaid expansion was legally enacted. Jan Brewer's Medicaid plan a severe blow by allowing a lawsuit challenging the plan to proceed. Republicans who control the Legislature argue the assessment in the 2013 law expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 poor Arizonans...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Roughly 61,000 Ohioans in Medicaid are expected to lose their coverage this weekend after failing to take steps to renew their health benefits as required, the state's Medicaid director said Thursday. Federal law requires states to "redetermine" annually whether recipients remain eligible for Medicaid. It's unclear how the number of people...

  • SALEM, Ore.— An Oregon judge has ordered technology giant Oracle Corp. to continue hosting Oregon's Medicaid health insurance system for low-income Oregonians even after the company's contract expires this weekend. Marion County Circuit Judge Courtland Geyer ruled Wednesday that Oracle should host Medicaid for another year. Earlier this month, Oracle...

  • Lawyers representing Oregon told Marion County Circuit Judge Courtland Geyer during the first of a two-day hearing that Oracle's plans to pull hosting services would result in Medicaid enrollment grinding to a halt. The Medicaid system runs on parts of the technology that Oracle built for the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange. Witnesses for the state...

  • Medicaid enrollment up, uninsured rate moves down Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:06 PM ET

    Enrollment in Medicaid continued a strong upswing as the uninsured rate reached a record low, according two new reports.

  • Utah Senate gives early OK to governor's Medicaid plan Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:01 AM ET

    Gary Herbert's proposal to expand Medicaid passed a key test Tuesday afternoon as Utah's Republican-controlled Senate voted to give an initial approval of the plan. After an hour-long debate, the Senate voted 21-8 to advance the plan for a final vote in the chamber, which is expected to happen Wednesday. Final approval in the Senate would send the measure to the...

  • Feb 20- The U.S. government on Friday announced proposed payments to health insurers for 2016 Medicare Advantage plans that it said were fairly stable compared with 2015.. The proposal, released in a document by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sets out the parameters for reimbursement by the government for Medicare Advantage.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The Obama administration said on Friday it would create a special enrollment period for tax filers who were unaware they could face penalties for missing the Feb. 15 deadline to obtain health insurance through the federal marketplace. "We recognize that this is the first tax filing season where consumers may have to pay a fee or claim an...

  • Wyoming House rejects Medicaid expansion amendment Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 3:04 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— The Wyoming House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a proposal to expand the federal Medicaid program. Dan Zwonitzer, R- Cheyenne, floated the proposed budget amendment to commit Wyoming to a two-year expansion of Medicaid. The state Senate earlier this month also voted against Medicaid expansion.

  • Florida has highest number of enrollees under health law Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 3:24 PM ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health coverage through new insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, according to federal statistics released Wednesday. Florida's enrollment win comes despite significant Republican opposition in the state and a much smaller...

  • Simply Healthcare offers Medicare and Medicaid plans in 60 Florida counties. It has 177,000 customers for Medicaid, the state-federal program that covers the poor and disabled people. In late 2012, it completed a $4.46 billion acquisition of Amerigroup Corp., which runs Medicaid coverage in several states.

  • Arkansas to end alternative Obamacare plan for poor Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 2:29 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb 12- Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas has signed legislation that will end by 2017 the state's innovative but controversial adaptation of the Affordable Care Act, which has provided nearly 190,000 residents with health coverage. Arkansas' "private option" plan uses federal funds from the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to...

  • Feb 4- Nearly 7.5 million people have signed up for 2015 Obamacare health plans through HealthCare.gov with demand increasing as the Feb. 15 enrollment deadline approaches, a senior U.S. health official said on Wednesday. The two top states for sign-ups were Florida, with 1.34 million people having selected plans as of Jan. 30, and Texas, with 969,461 plans.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- The Obama administration said on Monday it would seek authority to negotiate pricing for high-cost drugs under the federal government's Medicare Part D program, which offers private insurance drug coverage for senior citizens and the disabled. President Barack Obama's new $3.99 trillion budget for fiscal-year 2016 proposes allowing...

  • U.S. health insurers eye higher Obamacare profit margins Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- Top U.S. health insurers say their businesses offering medical coverage under so-called Obamacare are turning into profitable ventures and that they are now aiming to be on par with other sought-after government health programs. This puts the business closer to a profit margin that many insurers earn on the government's Medicare Advantage...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...