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Preliminary Report Finds Oregon Mismanaged $78M In Medicaid Funds

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The report from the state Health Authority director says the figure comes from overpayments to some contractors and money it still owes other companies. In addition, he said budget and accounting problems kept the state from collecting $34 million that the Medicaid program is owed. Other Medicaid news comes from Kansas, Florida and Georgia.

Feds Give States $600 Million To Tide Over Children’s Coverage Programs

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Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired at the end of September and lawmakers say they want to renew it, but they haven’t agreed on where to get the money. In other Medicaid news, a study looks at the toll of low reimbursements to doctors, another article explores how the health law’s expansion of the program has helped patients overcome medical debt issues and North Carolina releases its enrollment numbers.

Policy Perspectives: The Individual Mandate Fight Goes On – This Time, In A Tax Bill

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Opinion writers question the policy rationale, math and impact involved as Congress considers a GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as part of a Republican tax overhaul proposal. They also examine other health policy issues, including how rising health care costs cut into everyday American’s take-home pay and a program that involves unions and home health workers.

Likelihood Of Medicaid Requiring Enrollees To Work Sparks Controversy

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The announcement by Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, that the Trump administration will look favorably at state requests to institute work requirements has raised fears of lower enrollments, prompted concerns about law suits and brought cheers from some states. Also other Medicaid news from Iowa, Ohio and Illinois.

Maine Gears Up For Funding Fight Next Year Over Medicaid Expansion

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The governor says he won’t implement the expansion approved by voters in a referendum this month unless lawmakers fully fund it. Elsewhere in the news, other states consider the Maine experience while considering their own voter referendums on expansion, one family in Iowa bemoans the experiences trying to get specialized care for their son from his Medicaid managed care plan, West Virginia officials consider work requirements for Medicaid enrollees and health care jobs are at stake as Ohio cuts reimbursement rates.

In Aftermath Of Election Success, Democrats May No Longer View Health Care As A Liability

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“There has been a major change here,” says Robert Blendon, an expert on public opinion about healthcare at Harvard’s Kennedy School. “Democrats for years wouldn’t talk about healthcare. … Now, the implication is that if you are a Democrat running in 2018, you can talk about protecting healthcare for millions of Americans.”

Medicaid Chief Says Federal Officials Seeking To Relieve Paperwork Burdens On States

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Brian Neale, who heads the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, tells state Medicaid directors that he wants to help states get away from cumbersome chores. In other news, Montana lawmakers stop a plan to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates, and Iowa lawmakers hear that state officials knew one insurer was leaving the Medicaid managed care program a month before alerting the public.