Medicaid expansion has improved access to palliative care for cancer patients

Medicaid expansion has improved access to palliative care for cancer patients

By Kelsey Waddill July 13, 2023 — Medicaid recipients with advanced-stage cancer may have greater access to palliative care in states that have adopted Medicaid expansion, according to a study published in Health Affairs. The researchers leveraged the National Cancer Database to perform this assessment. The individuals in the sample ranged in age from 18 … Read more

With Medicaid cuts, can Oklahoma avoid the health disaster?

Medicaid discontinuation began April 30.  Nationwide, as many as 24 million are projected to lose Medicaid coverage, according to estimates by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

More than 300,000 Oklahomans are projected to lose their Medicaid coverage in the next nine months, and increased awareness will be the only way to avert a potential health care catastrophe. This is in addition to the more than 623,000 uninsured in Oklahoma. The state must reduce enrollments in its Medicaid program, known as SoonerCare, … Read more

Ohio spends a lot on Medicaid. But is his overall health up to par?

Marin Ackerman, 10, of Upper Arlington, receives a bandage after receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic for children ages 5 to 11 in 2021 at Nationwide Children's Hospital.  Children represent 1.33 million Ohioans who have Medicaid.

With the end of pandemic-era policies and benefits, Ohio officials estimate that as many as 280,000 of Ohio’s 3.55 million enrolled residents could lose Medicaid. About 1 million Americans have already lost coverage from the government-paid health insurance program for children, low-income adults, seniors, and people with disabilities since federally mandated automatic re-enrollment into the … Read more

Georgia launches Medicaid expansion in closely monitored test of job requirements

FIILE - Cassandra Welchlin, executive director of the Mississippi Black Women Roundtable, speaks during a news conference on groups pushing for lawmakers to extend postpartum Medicaid from 60 days to 12 months, Jan. 26, 2023, at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson.  A Mississippi law that goes into effect on Saturday, July 1, 2023 authorizes one full year of postpartum Medicaid coverage.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia is offering a new deal to some uninsured adults starting Saturday: Go to work or school and the state will cover you. But advocates denounce the plan, which will insure far fewer people than a full-blown state Medicaid program, as unnecessarily restrictive and expensive. The program is likely to be followed as … Read more

New insurer joining state Medicaid program gives Iowans more options

Liz Matney, director of Iowa Medicaid.

Beginning Saturday, Iowa’s new Medicaid insurer Molina Healthcare will administer benefits to 205,181 Iowans under Medicaid and Hawki as the insurer officially joins the state program. July 1 marks the start date for two managed care agreements with Iowa Medicaid, a joint state and federal program that funds approximately $7 billion annually in health care … Read more

Illinois health policy experts discuss Medicaid managed care and the future of eligible dual coverage – State of Reform

Illinois health policy experts discuss Medicaid managed care and the future of eligible dual coverage - State of Reform

Value-based healthcare experts have outlined federal governments changes to the proposed rules for Medicaid managed care and how they report improved alignment and quality of care for dual Medicaid-Medicare eligible special needs plans (D-SNP) at the 2023 Illinois State Health Care Policy Reform Conference earlier this month. Get information on upcoming events, insights from key … Read more