2013 July Health Care News

Issue Date: 
July, 2013
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The July issue of Health Care News reports the findings of a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing the Oregon Medicaid program to be ineffective at improving the health of enrollees. There were no significant differences in health outcomes between those who remained uninsured and those on Medicaid.

Also in this issue:

  • Fiscally strained state and local governments are considering forcing some of their employees onto the new federal health insurance exchanges, while others will cut back hours and add part-timers to avoid hefty penalties for failing to provide adequate insurance.
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is rejecting the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare for now but could pursue it in the future.
  • Costs and bureaucratic problems continue to increase in Vermont as the state attempts to implement the nation’s first fully single-payer system.
  • The costs of Obamacare aren’t confined to the states but stretch to counties as well in the form of compliance demands, as Minnesota is finding out.
  • Health care providers pushing for Medicaid expansion are doing so at the cost of billions from the nation’s taxpayers.
  • Oklahoma offers a compelling story of how Medicaid reform alternatives offer improved outcomes for patients and lower costs for states.
  • Implementation of Obamacare’s subsidies and mandates is raising new legal challenges from individuals and small businesses.

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