Ark. Gov.-Elect Stays Quiet On State Plan To Privatize Medicaid
Meanwhile, Georgia doctors deal with the end of their enhanced Medicaid pay.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
Hutchinson Stays Quiet On Medicaid Option
Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday still demurred from announcing his opinion on the expansion of the Medicaid private option in Arkansas.Hutchinson discussed the forthcoming legislative session, which starts Monday, at a forum hosted by the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors at the state Capitol. The governor-elect said he plans to make a "major speech" on health-care reform in the state sometime toward the end of the month. (Kloap, 1/6)
Georgia Health News:
Medicaid Physicians Back In Same Spot After Long-Awaited Raise Expires
The Affordable Care Act had awarded primary care doctors treating Medicaid patients a two-year pay increase. It was funded entirely with federal money, and pushed their Medicaid pay to the level of Medicare reimbursement. But that additional Medicaid reimbursement, which went to family physicians, pediatricians and internists, ended Jan. 1. And doctors will be missing it. (Miller, 1/6)