2013 June Health Care News

Issue Date: 
June, 2013
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The June 2013 issue of Health Care News reports Arkansas is aiming for a middle ground between accepting the Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law and rejecting it, passing a bill with the intent of using Medicaid dollars to allow recipients to purchase a form of private insurance. There is broad skepticism the plan will function as well as legislators hope.

Also in this issue:

  • A group of attorneys general is pushing back against the controversial mandate requiring insurance coverage of contraceptives and abortifacients.
  • Minnesota’s approach to cataloging genetic information from newborns comes under new scrutiny.
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid has run into obstacles in the state legislature among fellow Republicans.
  • The federal small business exchange will be able to offer only one plan to participants initially, in another blow to the implementation of the government-run marketplaces.
  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam sought to follow Arkansas’ lead on Medicaid but was unable to make the approach work to the satisfaction of his legislature or the federal government.
  • According to a new study from the Society of Actuaries, Ohio and Wisconsin will top the list for pain under coming Obamacare premium hikes.

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