medicaid http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Virginia Hospital Association Spends Record Money to Expand Medicaid http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-hospital-association-spends-record-money-expand-medicaid <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The trade group representing Virginia hospitals is reporting it spent more than $400,000 on lobbying expenses while it was a leading advocate for expanding Medicaid.</p><p>The Virginia Hospital &amp; Healthcare Association filed its annual lobbying disclosure form with the state earlier this month. The form covered spending from May 2013 to April 2014.</p><p>The $400,000 the association reported spending is a large increase from the year before, when it reported spending only $93,000.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:36:27 +0000 Don Rush 57774 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Hospital Association Spends Record Money to Expand Medicaid VA Budget Advances Without Medicaid Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/va-budget-advances-without-medicaid-expansion <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee has advanced a new state budget without Medicaid expansion - a major step toward ending a months long stalemate.</p><p>But a floor vote on the budget plan was delayed Thursday night as Republican senators privately debated a proposal by Sen. Dick Black to ensure that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot expand Medicaid without legislative approval.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:10:49 +0000 Don Rush 55951 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net VA Budget Advances Without Medicaid Expansion VA Democrat: Save Medicaid Expansion for Special Session http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/va-democrat-save-medicaid-expansion-special-session <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Senate Democrat says he wants to pass a state budget without expanding Medicaid eligibility and revisit the issue in a special session.</p><p>Senate Finance Co-Chairman Sen. Chuck Colgan made the comments Monday following Democratic Sen. Phil Puckett's resignation.</p><p>His position largely mirrors what GOP lawmakers have pushed for. But Colgan said he "would love" some assurances that Medicaid expansion would pass during a special session, which would be unlikely given the strong Republican majority in the House of Delegates.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:01:04 +0000 Don Rush 55686 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net VA Democrat: Save Medicaid Expansion for Special Session MD Health Exchange Website Problems Costs State $30 Million http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-health-exchange-website-problems-costs-state-30-million <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state report says a mistake with Maryland's defective health care exchange could cost the state $30.5 million.</p><p>The report made public Thursday by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services says the problem relates to Medicaid enrollees in the exchange. The report says the system is currently incapable of handling determinations of whether people remain eligible for Medicaid.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:47:48 +0000 Don Rush 50069 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Health Exchange Website Problems Costs State $30 Million Virginia Legislature Splits on Medicaid Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-legislature-splits-medicaid-expansion <p>The Virginia House and Senate split over whether to accept federal Medicaid funds to expand health insurance to as many as 400-thousand low-income residents.</p><p>The Republican controlled House voted against the expansion of eligibility when they approved their version of the state budget.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Democratically controlled Senate with a few Republicans going along voted for the expanded coverage.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:29:33 +0000 Don Rush 49666 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Legislature Splits on Medicaid Expansion Virginia GOP Pushes Against Medicaid Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-gop-pushes-against-medicaid-expansion <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote against a proposal to accept federal Medicaid funding.</p><p>A largely symbolic full floor vote is scheduled for Thursday. Republican leaders said they wanted to show they are united in opposition to a proposal by the Democratically controlled Senate to expand publicly funded health insurance coverage for low-income Virginians.</p><p>Democrats and a few Republican senators want Virginia to take the federal funds, saying the state's working poor need the extra help.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:00:36 +0000 Don Rush 49599 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia GOP Pushes Against Medicaid Expansion MD Board of Public Works Okays Health Exchange Modifcation http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-board-public-works-okays-health-exchange-modifcation <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract modification of up to $2 million due to technical problems with the state's health care exchange.</p><p>The board approved the emergency modification 3-0 Wednesday. However, Comptroller Peter Franchot criticized the procurement process. Franchot says more than $160 million in contracts should have come before the Board of Public Works for greater scrutiny, instead of a separate health exchange board.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:29:03 +0000 Don Rush 49551 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Board of Public Works Okays Health Exchange Modifcation Governor Says Maryland Will Meet Health Insurance Exchange Goals http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/governor-says-maryland-will-meet-health-insurance-exchange-goals <p>Governor Martin O’Malley says he believes that Maryland’s troubled health insurance exchange will meet its enrollment goal by the end of March.</p><p>During an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” O’Malley admitted there were problems with the complex technology but said that the state is more than half way towards meeting its goal.</p><p>While exceeding expectation on the Medicaid front the state has only enrolled just over 20-thosuand people in private plans.</p><p>The goal is 150-thousand.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:25:42 +0000 Don Rush 47590 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Governor Says Maryland Will Meet Health Insurance Exchange Goals Medicaid Expansion in Maryland Saves Money http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/medicaid-expansion-maryland-saves-money <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - A recent report has found that Maryland's decision to expand its Medicaid program could save the state more than $2 billion.</p><p>The Daily Record reports that an assessment of the economic impact of the expansion of eligibility to another 146,000 people starting in January found that Maryland could see a net savings of more than $2 billion from 2014 to 2020.</p><p>The report prepared by George Washington University and Regional Economic Models predicts direct savings to Medicaid, new state revenue and reduced spending on other health care programs.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:41:05 +0000 Don Rush 44755 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Medicaid Expansion in Maryland Saves Money Health Plan Cancellations in Md, Virginians Get Health Insurance Tax Credits http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/health-plan-cancellations-md-virginians-get-health-insurance-tax-credits <p><strong>Maryland</strong></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Insurance Administration says carriers have notified the state that they plan to discontinue non-grandfathered individual health benefit plans affecting more than 73,000 members in Maryland next year.</p><p>Individual health insurance policies are being canceled for millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies as federal health care reform requires plans to cover certain benefits. Policies are being discontinued because they don't meet the higher benefit requirements of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:58:06 +0000 Don Rush 44156 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Health Plan Cancellations in Md, Virginians Get Health Insurance Tax Credits Fiscal Cliff Could Endanger Medicaid Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/fiscal-cliff-could-endanger-medicaid-expansion <P>Governor Jack Markell met with President Obama at the White House yesterday telling him that if a deal is not reached to avert the fiscal cliff the cuts in Medicaid would force states to rethink expansion of health care for the poor under Obamacare.</P> <P>Markell is chair of the National Governors Association and led a six member delegation to meet with the nation’s chief executive.</P> <P>The <A href="http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20121205/NEWS02/312050038/Cuts-may-constrict-state?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CHome&amp;nclick_check=1">Wilmington News Journal </A>reports that Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:32:15 +0000 Don Rush 25630 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Fiscal Cliff Could Endanger Medicaid Expansion Medicaid Drug Settlement in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/medicaid-drug-settlement-delaware <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says the state is recovering $115,000 for its Medicaid program as part of a settlement with one of the nation&#39;s largest drug wholesalers. Delaware is among 30 states involved in the settlement with the McKesson Corporation.</p><p>Biden&#39;s office announced Tuesday that the settlement resolves claims the company artificially inflated prices Medicaid paid for prescription drugs.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:47:54 +0000 Don Rush 17912 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Pushes Forward With Medicaid Expansion Despite High Court Decision http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-pushes-forward-medicaid-expansion-despite-high-court-decision <p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; color: #333333">DOVER, Del. (AP) &mdash; Delaware officials are moving ahead with plans to expand eligibility for Medicaid to residents living at 133 percent of the federal poverty level.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:44:03 +0000 Don Rush 15871 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Lower Revenue Estimates in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/lower-revenue-estimates-delaware <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The state of Delaware could be facing some budget cuts for the next fiscal year with yesterday&rsquo;s revenue projections coming in at $22.7 million lower than the December estimates making total expected revenue projection $3.4 billion.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In addition, the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council predicted there would be $6 million less in revenue this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 12:58:31 +0000 Don Rush 9878 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Legislature Reviews Proposed Increased for Medicaid http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-legislature-reviews-proposed-increased-medicaid <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature&#39;s budget-writing committee are mulling over&nbsp;spending for Delaware&#39;s costly Medicaid program.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Joint Finance Committee is holding hearings on the</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Department of Health and Social Services&#39; proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The committee was to hear Wednesday from the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:26:08 +0000 Don Rush 8255 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net