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Medicaid rate increases for providers are coming next year

Medicaid rate increases for providers are coming next year

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 25, 2018

The majority of state Medicaid agencies are planning to issue raises next year for providers thanks to the stronger economy. States are also seeing the first drop in Medicaid enrollment in a decade.

CMS denies North Carolina's proposal to pay down docs' debt

CMS denies North Carolina's proposal to pay down docs' debt

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 24, 2018

While the CMS approved North Carolina's Medicaid waiver to transition to managed care and offer federal funding to address social determinants of health, it rejected a proposal to use federal funds to pay doctors' debt.

CMS hands states more power for waiver process

CMS hands states more power for waiver process

By Erica Teichert and Virgil Dickson  |  October 22, 2018

In a dramatic overhaul of the current 1332 waiver process, the CMS said state legislatures will no longer have to approve waiver plans. Instead, governors will be able to take action on their own. The agency also changed how it will evaluate waivers.

Q&A: MetroHealth's Tracy Carter's fight to save Medicaid coverage

Q&A: MetroHealth's Tracy Carter's fight to save Medicaid coverage

By Matthew Weinstock  |  October 20, 2018

For Tracy Carter, vice president of government relations at Cleveland-based MetroHealth System, protecting Medicaid is intertwined with the public health system's overall mission. In recent budget battles, her team fought off cuts that would have cost MetroHealth nearly $25 million.

Medicaid expansion is about reclaiming dollars, Va. governor says

Medicaid expansion is about reclaiming dollars, Va. governor says

By Susannah Luthi  |  October 18, 2018

For states that haven't expanded Medicaid, the push to do so isn't just about leaving money on the table. It's also about no longer subsidizing other states without benefit, according to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia.

4,100 more Arkansans lose Medicaid over work requirements

4,100 more Arkansans lose Medicaid over work requirements

By Harris Meyer  |  October 15, 2018

More than 4,100 Medicaid expansion enrollees in Arkansas will lose coverage for the rest of 2018 because they did not comply with the state's work requirement. That's on top of the 4,353 people who were dropped last month.

States call on hospitals to disclose 340B discount use

States call on hospitals to disclose 340B discount use

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 11, 2018

Colorado's and Mississippi's Medicaid programs have ordered hospitals to report which medications they receive 340B discounts for, marking the latest effort to curb state drug spending.

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