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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is one of more than a dozen states where new Medicaid enrollees under President Barack Obama's health law have surpassed initial projections.

The projected newly eligible enrollment for fiscal year 2015 initially was 164,724.

The initial estimated cost was about $31 million for fiscal year 2017, when states begin paying their share.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal inspector general says Maryland improperly billed Medicaid for services in hundreds of thousands of cases involving the developmentally disabled and the state owes the federal government more than $34 million.

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Only 23 percent of millennials in Delaware are signing up for the Affordable Care Act.

And that is among the lowest in the nation and 5 percent below the national average.

These are people between the ages of 18 and 34.

Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf told the Wilmington News Journal that she was hesitant to think that there has not been enough outreach.

Landgraf said that Medicaid enrollment may have contributed to the low signup rate for millennials.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A federal audit says Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and is recommending the state pay the money back.

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services is releasing the audit Friday.

It says Maryland misallocated costs to federal grants instead of the Medicaid program in 2013 and 2014. The audit says Maryland did not use updated estimated enrollment data when it became available.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a new state budget that includes a pay increases for state employees, boosts cash benefits for welfare recipients and has more money for the governor to spend on economic development.

The Democratic governor signed the budget Thursday at the Capitol while touting his good working relationship with Republican leaders on the state's spending plan.

McAuliffe did not try and amend the budget that state lawmakers approved last month.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland says 289,131 residents enrolled in health care in the second sign up period.

The state says 122,778 enrolled in private plans. Of those, 87,007 received an advanced premium tax credit. There were 35,771 enrolling in private plans without a subsidy.

There were 166,353 enrolled in Medicaid.

The state says 88 percent of applicants were determined eligible for financial assistance, either through Medicaid or subsidies for private plans. That's up from 80 percent a year ago.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers are continuing their review of budget requests for one of Delaware's biggest government agencies, the Department of Health and Social Services.

Wednesday's agenda includes a discussion of the Medicaid and medical assistance programs, which account for more than half of the entire department's budget.

One concern for lawmakers is how to cut down on fraud and waste in the Medicaid program, which costs state taxpayers about $700 million a year.

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Signups for Maryland's Health connection are down by 10.4 percent so far.

That's despite efforts to increase the enrollment numbers, including a larger call center staff and a streamlined website.

February 15th was the enrollment deadline.

And, only 264,245 people have signed up.

That's compared to 295,077 during last year's longer open enrollment period.

But, the numbers are not final yet.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off their 2015 session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

Entering his second term in office, Democrat McAuliffe will be seeking to make his mark on a General Assembly that's now firmly in control of Republicans following the surprise resignation of a Democratic senator last summer. He delivers his second Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

The governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state's biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers.

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Delawareans who earn from the $16-thousand to $47-thousand a year will lose health coverage through the state’s Community Healthcare Access Program beginning on February 1st.

The program is run by the state and offers discounted medical services for those not eligible for Delaware’s Medicaid program.

$478-thousand from the tobacco settlement had been earmarked for the program.

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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.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association filed its annual lobbying disclosure form with the state earlier this month. The form covered spending from May 2013 to April 2014.

The $400,000 the association reported spending is a large increase from the year before, when it reported spending only $93,000.

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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.

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.  

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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.

Senate Finance Co-Chairman Sen. Chuck Colgan made the comments Monday following Democratic Sen. Phil Puckett's resignation.

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.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state report says a mistake with Maryland's defective health care exchange could cost the state $30.5 million.

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.

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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.

The Republican controlled House voted against the expansion of eligibility when they approved their version of the state budget.

Meanwhile, the Democratically controlled Senate with a few Republicans going along voted for the expanded coverage.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote against a proposal to accept federal Medicaid funding.

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.

Democrats and a few Republican senators want Virginia to take the federal funds, saying the state's working poor need the extra help.

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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.

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.

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Governor Martin O’Malley says he believes that Maryland’s troubled health insurance exchange will meet its enrollment goal by the end of March.

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.

While exceeding expectation on the Medicaid front the state has only enrolled just over 20-thosuand people in private plans.

The goal is 150-thousand.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A recent report has found that Maryland's decision to expand its Medicaid program could save the state more than $2 billion.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Markell is chair of the National Governors Association and led a six member delegation to meet with the nation’s chief executive.

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's largest drug wholesalers. Delaware is among 30 states involved in the settlement with the McKesson Corporation.

Biden's office announced Tuesday that the settlement resolves claims the company artificially inflated prices Medicaid paid for prescription drugs.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials are moving ahead with plans to expand eligibility for Medicaid to residents living at 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that states can't be forced to expand Medicaid eligibility under the national health care reform law. But officials believe a Medicaid expansion in Delaware makes sense because it would bring a higher percentage of federal matching funds.

 

 

            The state of Delaware could be facing some budget cuts for the next fiscal year with yesterday’s revenue projections coming in at $22.7 million lower than the December estimates making total expected revenue projection $3.4 billion.

            In addition, the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council predicted there would be $6 million less in revenue this year.  

 

       DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are mulling over spending for Delaware's costly Medicaid program.

     The Joint Finance Committee is holding hearings on the

     Department of Health and Social Services' proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The committee was to hear Wednesday from the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance.