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In Second Month Of Arkansas’ Work Requirements, Thousands Fail To Report Hours Even Though They Meet Them

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The beneficiaries have to log hours through other programs, so officials know that they’re meeting them and simply just not reporting them. Critics warned of this scenario before work requirements were instituted because, according to analysts, one in three Medicaid adults never use a computer or the internet and four in ten do not use email. Medicaid news comes out of Ohio, as well.

Administration Optimistic It Can Sidestep Judge’s Ruling On Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirements

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The judge blocked Kentucky’s attempt to add work requirements to its Medicaid program because officials had failed to consider the estimate that it would cause 95,000 low-income people to lose coverage. Now, Trump administration officials say that if they provide a fuller record showing that they considered the evidence that they’ll be able to move forward.

In Latest Swipe At Health Law, ACO Program That Failed To Save Government Billions Will Be Overhauled

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Accountable care organizations were set up under the Affordable Care Act with the intention of improving quality and efficiency. But government data shows that they’ve fallen short of the savings that were projected. “After six years of experience, the time has come to put real ‘accountability’ in Accountable Care Organizations,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement. “Medicare cannot afford to support programs with weak incentives that do not deliver value.”

Confusion, Worry Plague States As They Try To Navigate Federal Rule On Association Health Plans

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State insurance regulators are also concerned that the Labor Department won’t provide guidance on how much regulatory authority the states have. In other health law news: a lawmaker wants details about information on Medicare that was removed from a website; proposed rates continue to come out of states; and the Connecticut insurance commissioners is asked to ban short-term health coverage.

Bipartisan Majority Knocks Down Cruz’s Attempt To Kill D.C.’s Version Of Individual Mandate

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Following the defeat of the measure, Mayor Muriel Bowser said, “Senator Ted Cruz — who otherwise loathes federal government intrusion — launched the most recent attempt to undermine the will of Washingtonians, and we are grateful that a bipartisan majority in the Senate tabled his amendment.” News on the health law comes out of Missouri and Illinois also.