RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia expands Medicaid, big victory for Democratic leader

RICHMOND, Va.  — About 400,000 newly eligible low-income Virginia adults can start enrolling in Medicaid, a major achievement for the state’s Democratic governor. Medicaid expansion enrollment starts Thursday in Virginia for coverage that will start at the beginning of 2019. Expanding Medicaid was among the biggest legislative priorities for Gov. Ralph Northam, who plans a … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia expands Medicaid, big victory for Democratic leader

MINNEAPOLIS | Target to pay $3M to resolve Massachusetts Medicaid claim

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated rules of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program. Federal and Massachusetts authorities allege that Minneapolis-based Target violated federal and state False Claims Acts by automatically refilling Medicaid recipients’ prescriptions and seeking payment from Medicaid. Massachusetts is among several states that prohibit pharmacies … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Target to pay $3M to resolve Massachusetts Medicaid claim

WASHINGTON  | Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

WASHINGTON  — Low-income people in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report due out Monday amid election debates from Georgia to Utah over coverage for the needy. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office worked with the National Center … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

MADISON, Wis. | US rejects Wisconsin’s drug-testing plan for Medicaid

MADISON, Wis. — President Donald Trump‘s administration on Wednesday rejected a plan from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to require drug screening and testing for adults on Medicaid with no dependent children, but approved a wide array of other get-tough changes to the program. Walker, who is seeking a third term in Tuesday’s election, argued the … Continue reading MADISON, Wis. | US rejects Wisconsin’s drug-testing plan for Medicaid

Oregon voters to decide Medicaid funding as costs rise

PORTLAND, Ore.  /January 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured — one of America’s lowest rates. Now, with the reduction of a federal match that covered those enrollees, the state is calling on voters to … Continue reading Oregon voters to decide Medicaid funding as costs rise

LINCOLN, Neb. | Medicaid expansion becomes key issue in GOP-leaning states

LINCOLN, Neb. — For nearly a decade, opposition to former President Barack Obama’s health care law has been a winning message for Nebraska Republicans. It’s helped them win every statewide office, control the Legislature and hold all the state’s congressional seats. So it was something of a surprise for Bob Tatum when he set out … Continue reading LINCOLN, Neb. | Medicaid expansion becomes key issue in GOP-leaning states

Missouri News: St. Louis County woman, Joyce Terry, ordered to repay more than $5,000 for Medicaid fraud

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that a St. Louis County woman was ordered to repay more than $5,000 to the MO HealthNet program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges. “Missourians have a rightful expectation that Medicaid dollars will be spent on services, not on fraudsters,” said Schmitt.   “My office … Continue reading Missouri News: St. Louis County woman, Joyce Terry, ordered to repay more than $5,000 for Medicaid fraud

TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas Medicaid expansion in doubt despite governor support

TOPEKA, Kan. — Democratic and moderate Republicans lawmakers worked together last year to try to make Kansas the latest state to expand Medicaid, only to see their bipartisan effort rewarded with a veto from former conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback. The election this month of a governor who supports Medicaid expansion seemed to remove the … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas Medicaid expansion in doubt despite governor support