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Think Medicaid Is Safe? Think Again.

August 9, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Sarah Kliff 11:20 AM ET, 08/05/2011 Medicaid advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief when the debt debate wrapped up early this week. The entitlement program, initially seen as vulnerable in negotiations, was protected from across-the-board cuts in the trigger deal. A federal exemption, however, is only half the story.…

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How Effective Will A Federal Health Exchange Be?

July 20, 2011

From Politico: New state health insurance marketplaces are supposed to be set up in every state  by 2014. By J. LESTER FEDER | 7/18/11 10:31 PM EDT Will there really be a strong federal health insurance exchange to take over for states that don’t build their own? Or is it a paper tiger? That question…

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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…

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A Closer Look At The Right’s Favorite Medicaid “Fact”

July 7, 2011

From The Washington Post: Witnesses at a hearing on Medicaid legislation in Florida last month By Glenn Kessler– 07/05/2011 “Cash-strapped states are also feeling the burden of the Medicaid entitlement. The program consumes nearly 22 percent of states’ budgets today, and things are about to get a whole lot worse.” — Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah),…

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