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Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion Will Cost States Billions, Study Says
A new Commonwealth Fund study finds that states that opt out of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion will forgo billions of dollars in federal funds over the next decade. In addition, taxpayers in such states will fund the Medicaid expansion in other states but not receive any of the benefits. USA Today et al.
About 1.5M Americans Deemed Eligible for Medicaid, CHIP in October
A CMS report released yesterday says that nearly 1.5 million U.S. residents were found to be eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program in October through the state or federal health insurance exchanges. Among states that are expanding their Medicaid programs, California had the most eligibility determinations, with 149,098 state residents deemed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP. The Hill's "Healthwatch" et al.
Wyoming Gov. Opts Out of Medicaid Expansion Under ACA
On Friday, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said his state will not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. He said the problematic rollout of the federal health insurance exchange website has cast doubt on whether the federal government can effectively follow through on its pledge to pay its portion of the expansion costs under the ACA. Mead said he would consider expanding Medicaid in the future if it appears to be in the state's financial interest. Washington Post's "GovBeat."
Study: Medi-Cal Long-Term Care Spending To Double by 2023
A UC-Berkeley study finds that Medi-Cal spending on long-term care services in California is expected to increase from $6.6 billion this year to $12.4 billion annually by 2023 as the number of elderly state residents increases by more than two million. Sacramento Business Journal, Department of Health Care Services release.
Leaders of Suspended Medi-Cal Clinics Were Involved in Other Crimes
An investigation finds that the operators of several California rehabilitation clinics that have been suspended from the Drug Medi-Cal program also were convicted of or charged in unrelated crimes, such as participating in a Medicare fraud scheme or engaging in prescription drug trafficking. Center for Investigative Reporting.