2012 February Health Care News

Issue Date: 
February, 2012
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The February issue of Health Care News describes how the states are wrangling with the challenge of deciding whether to comply with President Barack Obama’s health care law by establishing health insurance exchanges.

Also in this issue:

  • A study in Oregon shows expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income individuals not otherwise eligible for the program resulted in better reported health and greater financial well-being for the recipients, but also higher health care costs and greater utilization of care.
  • Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ reforms have achieved much bigger employee buy-in than in other states and the private sector.
  • A newly recommended board will decide when Massachusetts insurers can raise their prices.
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has declined to push for a rules waiver from the Obama administration even though rising Medicaid costs are crowding out funding for other state government services.
  • Florida wants to expand a successful Medicaid pilot plan to the rest of the state.
  • At least 113,000 Californians are being dropped from the Medicare Advantage rolls because of Obamacare changes to the program.
  • Don Berwick, the controversial head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, steps down after a shortened tenure marked by citizen opposition.

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