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  • NY's poor gain from health insurance changes Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A year into New York's operation of a medical insurance exchange, more than half of the people with new coverage qualified for Medicaid— the federal program for the poor— and many didn't know they were eligible until the push under the Affordable Care Act. Overall, 370,604 people were enrolled with commercial and nonprofit insurers, 525,283 in Medicaid;...

  • A look at Arizona health insurance open enrollment Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    Arizona began its second open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act with an estimated 780,000 uninsured residents out of 6.5 million people in the state, based on estimates done by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the number who gained insurance this year. Three new insurance companies are entering the individual market in Arizona on Jan. 1, including the...

  • Court: Feds right to deny Maine Medicaid cuts Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:14 PM ET

    Paul LePage's administration cannot remove thousands of low-income young people from Maine's Medicaid rolls, a federal appeals court judge ruled Monday. "By moving the goalposts and forcing Maine taxpayers to pay for more welfare, the federal government is using its heavy hand to push its agenda of putting as many people as possible on a broken Medicaid...

  • Bullock budget pushes for Medicaid expansion Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    Steve Bullock released a two-year budget proposal Monday that pushes for Medicaid expansion and water, sewer and road projects as well as money for pre-kindergarten programs and increased funding for mental health services. "I believe those values and priorities also reflect what Montana families hold dear," Bullock said. Incoming Senate President Debby...

  • Year 2 of exchanges: Experience but new challenges Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— The second time around for the health insurance exchange means New Jersey advocates for the program have experience, but it also brings the challenge of trying to persuade more people to sign up when those most willing already have. Coupled with a surge in Medicaid enrollment driven by expanded eligibility and people attempting to sign up for the...

  • Trouble already? Obamacare costs to surge in '15 Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 4:58 PM ET
    A woman speaks with a health insurance agent regarding the Affordable Care Act.

    Although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies from state to state.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 15- President Barack Obama's plan to extend private health coverage to the uninsured entered a new uncertain phase on Saturday as government-backed online insurance marketplaces opened their 2015 plans to millions of potential enrollees. A 2010 law known as Obamacare is intended to extend health coverage to millions of uninsured...

  • What you need to know for health law's 2nd year Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— As the nation heads into the second year of the health care law, the federal government and states are preparing for open enrollment. You can also find out if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid. You can apply between Nov. 15, 2014, and Feb. 15, 2015.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov 5- The Republican surge in Tuesday's U.S. elections carried Arkansas along with it, threatening to sweep away a bipartisan health insurance plan in the state that is also being studied by other states as an alternative to Obamacare. The program uses federal Medicaid funds from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to help buy health insurance...

  • With opinion polls showing the odds for Senate control increasingly in their favor, Republicans are exploring a series of efforts to repeal some of Obamacare's taxes and penalties on businesses. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell came under fire from conservatives critics last week after saying the party was unlikely to have the 60 Senate votes, out...

  • Medicare program's payment rate for hospital outpatient services will increase 2.3 percent in calendar year 2015, while the rate for ambulatory surgical services will rise 1.4 percent, the federal government announced on Friday. The Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled will also begin to pay doctors a monthly fee to coordinate...

  • Marijuana to wages: What's at stake this election Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:27 PM ET
    David Guard verifies a customer's identity before allowing him to purchase medical marijuana at Capital City Care in Washington, D.C.

    With the midterm elections Tuesday, businesses in select states have much at stake with ballot outcomes that could impact marijuana use, minimum wages and Medicaid.

  • Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    Oct 30- U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups. With the start of enrollment barely two weeks away, their assessment is dramatically different from a year ago, when it was unclear how many Americans would apply for the brand new insurance...

  • Oct 29- U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as its medical costs stayed low, and it forecast continued earnings growth in 2015.. Some hospitals have said customers are have more procedures because of a turn in the economy, while others have cited new insurance and Medicaid plans offered under...

  • WellPoint beats expectations as customers grow Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    WellPoint's profit beat expectations as the company's customer numbers grew due Medicaid growth and new subsidized individual health plans.

  • Oct 29- WellPoint Inc on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as the company's customer numbers grew due to growth in Medicaid and the creation of new subsidized individual health plans under the national healthcare reform law. The company reported net profit of $630.9 million, or $2.22 per share, compared with $656.2...

  • Oct 28- Health insurer Centene Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as it signed on more Medicaid members. Centene, which provides services to government-sponsored healthcare programs, said total membership increased 42 percent from a year earlier to 3.7 million as of Sept. 30. Net profit attributable to Centene rose to $82.6...

  • Oct 28- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Tuesday that third-quarter profit rose as the benefits of its Coventry government healthcare acquisition offset higher medical costs in its commercial business. This is also the first full year of owning the Coventry business, which specializes in Medicare and Medicaid plans from the U.S....

  • Oct 28- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a better-than-expected adjusted profit in the third quarter as it signed on more Medicaid members. About 70 percent of the total were Medicaid members. Net profit attributable to Centene rose to $82.6 million, or $1.36 per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $49.4 million or 87 cents per share.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- The United States on Monday joined a lawsuit accusing New York City and Computer Sciences Corp of defrauding Medicaid into making millions of dollars of improper reimbursements by exploiting a computerized billing system that the company designed. The U.S. attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said some of these services might have been...