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CHIP Outreach Gets More Kids Covered

August 22, 2011

From Kaiser Health News: By Phil Galewitz August 18th, 2011, 5:31 PM If you build it, they will come … at least some of the time. The number of children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)  but not enrolled fell to 4.3 million in 2009 from 4.7 million the prior year, according to…

State Health Care Cuts Could Fill Nursing Homes

July 18, 2011

From The Associated Press: By JOHN SEEWER–7/16/2011 Born with cerebral palsy, Jennifer McPhail relies on a home health aide to help her get dressed for work and ready for bed at night. Her motorized wheelchair keeps her active, working as an organizer with a disability rights group in Austin, Texas, and volunteering to help people…

Health Officials Move To Loosen State Requirements

July 13, 2011

From the Los Angeles Times: By Noam N. Levey–July 12, 2011 Washington— The Obama administration moved Monday to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the healthcare law the president signed last year.The state-based exchanges are intended to make buying health insurance comparable…

Contradicting Surveys Create Public Confusion

June 22, 2011

From The New York Times: Douglas Holtz-Eakin headed a group of 105 economists opposed to the ACA By MILT FREUDENHEIM— June 20, 2011 The debate over the effects of the federal health care law on employer-provided insurance has been intensifying in recent weeks, with controversial polls and consultants contradicting one another about whether employees will…

Doctors Fear Lowered Provider Rates After S.C. Cuts

June 21, 2011

By Matt Kennard–June 20 2011 19:10 Doctors treating the poor in the US are braced for significant reductions to their services amid increased pressure from both the Obama administration and Republicans for deep cuts in health spending. Twenty-nine Republican governors have called for greater flexibility in how states administer Medicaid programmes for the poor, a…

Medicaid Block Grant Forebodes Declines In Enrollment

June 21, 2011

From the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families: By Martha Heberlein– June 15, 2011 8:57 AM A recent study from the folks at the Urban Institute provides state-by-state enrollment projections under the House budget plan. I don’t think any regular Say Ahhh! readers will be surprised to learn that the news isn’t good. Under…

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