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Increases In Medicaid Enrollment Widespread Due To Job Losses

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Caseloads rose on average 8.4% through July in 30 states for which researchers have enrollment information. And in 14 states with enrollment data through August, the average is 10%. Other news is on CMS pulling back from a financing proposal, as well.

Health Care Issues Heat Up On Campaign Trail

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While the coronavirus crisis dominates national attention, 2020 candidates are highlighting broader health care policy messages on the trail and in ads.

Georgia Governor Applies To Opt Out Of Obamacare Exchange

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Gov. Brian Kemp (R) wants the Trump administration to let him block state residents from using the federal exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act and force Georgians to seek out their own commercial options instead. In other health law news: Texas medical professionals urge the governor to expand Medicaid; and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) fails to offer up his promised ACA alternative.

Premium Refunds: Blue Cross Michigan Saw Many Fewer Claims

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Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers must issue rebates for individual plans if they collect too much premium. Other industry news is on HIV services, slow prescription mail deliveries, praise for teleheath expansion and more.

‘He Cannot Meet This Moment’: Convention Speakers Excoriate Trump’s Ability To Handle Pandemic

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“He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is,” said former first lady Michelle Obama in the keynote speech of the first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention. Other speakers who made waves are Govs. Gretchen Whitmer (Mich.) and Andrew Cuomo (N.Y.), as well as a woman who’s father died from COVID-19: His “only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump.”