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Medicaid Managed Care Firm To Cut Reimbursements To Iowa Providers

KHN Morning Briefing

Dozens of agencies that provide services to Medicaid enrollees with disabilities will be affected by the cuts announced by AmeriHealth Caritas, which is the largest of the three firms hired by the state to handle the Medicaid program. Managed care programs in Tennessee and California are also in the news.

Medicaid Block Grants Advocated By GOP Could Reduce Federal Spending By $150B Over 5 Years

KHN Morning Briefing

The analysis by consulting firm Avalere also suggests states would have to put in more money to keep the same services. In other news, efforts to overhaul the health law raise concerns about new Medicaid coverage among the homeless, Medicaid issues are on the agenda in the Kansas legislature and a doctor staffing company agrees to pay $60 million to settle allegations that it overbilled Medicaid and Medicare.

Utah Seeks To Expand Medicaid To Cover Up To 5,000 More Low-Income Parents

KHN Morning Briefing

The state last year asked federal officials to approve a plan to expand Medicaid to 9,000 to 11,000 Utahns but that hasn’t yet received a review. Also in the news, Indiana officials are asking the Medicaid program to not cover one form of the drug Suboxone, which is used to treat addiction, because they are concerned about its proliferation in the state’s prisons and jails, where some people use it to get high.

Former Tenet Senior Exec Charged With Medicaid Fraud

KHN Morning Briefing

John Holland, 60, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Miami federal court to four counts of fraud. He is charged with allegedly having a role in a $400 million kickback scheme.

Republican Lawmakers Begin Hearings On Revamping Medicaid But Bypass The Big Issues

KHN Morning Briefing

The House subcommittee looked at specific issues such as third-party liabilities and excess spending but didn’t tackle some of the larger questions on whether to keep the health law’s expansion of Medicaid or turning to a block grant program. Also, Democrats complained about claims by some conservatives that the expansion left many disabled people on waiting lists for services.

Obama Administration Report On Medicaid Examines Future Growth Of Costs

KHN Morning Briefing

The report, released this week but prepared by Obama administration officials, says spending by states and federal government together increased 4.3 percent in 2016. Continued growth could “displace spending on other important programs, or additional taxes or other revenue sources could be required to fund Medicaid,” according to the report. Meanwhile, news outlets report on a Fitch analysis of Medicaid’s impact on localities and developments in Ohio and Alabama.

GOP’s Medicaid Plans Could Bring Fundamental Changes In Who Is Eligible And What’s Covered

KHN Morning Briefing

Prescription drugmakers are raising concerns that revamping the Medicaid program will leave some patients unable to get expensive treatments. Meanwhile, patient advocates point out that under the current system Medicaid can expand during economic downturns to help people without work. News outlets also report on a new study about Medicaid coverage of gunshot injuries and developments in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Kansas and Connecticut.