Tag Archives: Medicaid

Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court’s order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to […]
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Public charge provisions hurt citizen children too

Taking action to stop the proposed change from taking place is incumbent. The proposed regulation change has the potential to exert a “chilling effect” on citizens’ use of public benefits, worsen immigrant families’ health, and lead to unnecessary health care costs. This week, The Urban Institute released a powerful new report showing that one-fifth of […]
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Oregon Backs Off Opioid Cutoff Plan For Chronic Pain Patients, Adding Non-drug Treatments

After an uproar from patients, an Oregon pain advisory committee has abandoned a proposal to taper chronic pain Medicaid patients off opioids altogether.

Oregon Aims to Eliminate Hepatitis C Infections

The Oregon Health Authority is moving to expand treatment for hepatitis C to everyone on the Oregon Health Plan who’s infected. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon Aims to Eliminate Hepatitis C Infections

Oregon Health Authority Aims to Cover All High-Risk Populations In New CCO Regions

The state announced that coverage areas in its next round of Medicaid coverage will be based on county lines, not Zip codes, though there may be exceptions. The Oregon Health Authority announced coverage areas for the next round of the state’s Medicaid system on Wednesday based on county lines rather than Zip codes, which is […]
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State Plan To Implement Next Version Of Medicaid Unfinished, Unclear

Oregon health officials are weighing various options for enrollment and rates. The Oregon Health Authority is three months out from requesting applications to manage the next overhaul of Oregon’s Medicaid program, but key logistics remain unclear. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: State Plan To Implement Next Version Of Medicaid Unfinished, Unclear | […]
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Are work requirements inherently, irredeemably flawed?

As noted in an earlier column, Arkansas’s first-in-the-country, first-in-history Medicaid work requirements have been backfiring. The state has already purged 12,000 from the Medicaid rolls over the past three months. These Arkansans are not necessarily being booted because they’re failing to work, however. Some have lost their insurance because the state has made it so ridiculously complicated […]
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Oregon budget officials predict $623 million shortfall

Rising Medicaid and state personnel costs are contributing to Oregon’s budget shortfall. Oregon’s humming economy might not yield enough tax revenue to avert a gap in the next two-year budget, the states’ budget analysts said in a report on Monday. The state’s general fund and lottery revenues could total $23.6 billion from 2019 to 2021, […]
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State mismanagement hurts patients

More than a year after Gov. Kate Brown fired its director, the Oregon Health Authority still can’t seem to avoid controversy and questions about its ability to manage the state’s massive Medicaid program. The OHA’s most recent scandal involves severely mentally ill patients kicked out of locked facilities at the recommendation of an outside contractor […]
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Arkansas’s Medicaid experiment has proved disastrous

A policy intended to help people get jobs is, instead, costing them. This summer, Arkansas became the first state to require poor people to prove they’re employed to receive Medicaid. Critics say the state is trying to save money on the backs of the poor. That’s nonsense, Arkansas officials reply. They want to help  the poor. Backed by the Trump administration, […]
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