DeSantis Vetoed $1.75M for Medicaid Program Assessments in Florida

Tallahassee, Florida – The state of Florida has allocated significant funds towards promoting healthcare price transparency in recent years. However, Governor Ron DeSantis has recently vetoed a $750,000 budget allocation aimed at conducting an independent study to assess the effectiveness of the data collection efforts currently in place within the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration. The proposed study, directed by the Legislature, was intended to analyze all costs associated with healthcare tools over the …

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Medicaid Shake-Up Looms: Texas Officials Reject Insurers’ Attempts to Cancel Proposal

Austin, Texas – Texas officials faced backlash on Thursday as they rejected proposals from major insurers to drop nearly 2 million low-income Texans from the state’s Medicaid program. The controversial decision would shake up the coverage of needy families, sparking criticism from various stakeholders. The $116 billion Medicaid contracts intended to be awarded by the end of summer would eliminate three major health plans operated by nonprofit children’s hospitals in Texas. This move would impact …

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Medicaid Waivers Could Fund Nutrition and Housing in Colorado: A Game-Changer for Public Health

Denver, Colorado is on the brink of potentially pioneering a new approach to utilizing Medicaid funds for non-healthcare related expenses, joining a growing number of states exploring this innovative option. The Biden administration has begun approving waivers that allow Medicaid dollars to be used for nutrition and housing assistance, recognizing the critical impact that factors like living conditions and diet have on overall health. According to Jake Williams, the CEO of Healthier Colorado, access to …

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Colorado Health Clinics Facing Surge in Uninsured Patients Amid Medicaid Coverage Loss

Littleton, Colorado – Health clinics in Colorado are grappling with a surge in uninsured patients, marking the highest numbers since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act a decade ago. Leaders in the state are expressing concerns about the need to address the growing population lacking coverage. Following the completion of Medicaid coverage reviews in Colorado, a large portion of the half-million individuals who lost their coverage did not complete the necessary paperwork, leaving the …

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Georgians Prosper with Medicaid Expansion: Economic Benefits Await Closing Coverage Gap

Atlanta, Georgia – Nearly half a million residents in Georgia, including small business owners, farmers, veterans, and part-time, hourly, and gig workers, find themselves in a coverage gap where they cannot afford private health insurance nor qualify for Medicaid. Closing this gap is not only crucial for healthcare policy but also for economic policy, benefiting all Georgians by fostering a healthier and more productive workforce. Recent research conducted by the Georgia Health Initiative revealed that …

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Medicaid Policy Expert Emma Sandoe to Lead Oregon’s Medicaid Program

Portland, Oregon – Emma Sandoe, a deputy director of Medicaid policy in North Carolina, has been appointed to lead Oregon’s Medicaid program starting July 24. With a two-year budget of $28 billion, the program serves 1.4 million low-income individuals, providing essential medical, dental, and mental health care to over a quarter of Oregon’s population. Sandoe’s extensive experience includes serving as North Carolina’s liaison to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, focusing on health …

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Medicaid Cuts Leave Thousands of Texans Without Health Coverage

Dallas, Texas – Over the past year, one-third of Texans enrolled in Medicaid in March of last year have lost their coverage as federal health insurance program expansions put in place during the pandemic have come to an end. According to recent data, more than 2 million Texans were removed from Medicaid in the last 13 months, with another 2.1 million having their insurance renewed. As of March 31, 2023, Texas had approximately 6 million …

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Cuts to Social Security and Medicaid Proposed by Ohio Congressional Candidate Kevin Coughlin

Columbus, Ohio – During a recent on-air candidate forum in February, Ohio Republican congressional candidate Kevin Coughlin advocated for cuts to Social Security and Medicaid as a means to address the national debt. Hosted by Chris Long of the Ohio Christian Alliance, the forum delved into Coughlin’s views on how Congress can tackle the issue of national debt plaguing the country. Coughlin emphasized the necessity for entitlement reforms, pointing out that a significant portion of …

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Child Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Declines Impact Millions Across States

Austin, Texas – A recent report reveals a concerning trend in child enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) across the United States. By December 2023, 4.16 million fewer children were enrolled in these programs nationwide compared to the month before states began the Medicaid “unwinding” process. This unwinding process, following the lifting of COVID-related continuous coverage protections, has led to accelerated losses in enrollment, with significant implications for the affected children …

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Mississippi Surprises with Medicaid Expansion Milestone after Years of Resistance

Jackson, Mississippi – After years of being one of the holdout states on Medicaid expansion, Mississippi lawmakers recently made a groundbreaking decision. The state, known for its conservative leanings, reached an agreement to extend Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, providing health coverage to an additional 200,000 low-income residents. This move comes as a significant shift in Mississippi’s healthcare landscape, where dire health outcomes and struggling rural hospitals have been a pressing issue. The agreement …

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