Medicaid enrollment has surged between October 2013 and the end of this August, rising by nearly 9 million overall. That has boosted total enrollment in the Medicaid program by 14.7 percent.
Delaware's department of Health and Social Services will stop offering Medicaid coverage through Delaware Physicians Care, an Aetna health plan, reports The News Journal.
Although the open enrollment period for the first year of the Affordable Care Act ended months ago, enrollment in the Medicaid program is expected to record large increases again in the coming months.
Ohio's Medicaid expansion may not last, University Hospitals Chief Executive Tom Zenty told a Cleveland audience recently, reports Kaiser Health News.
To help ensure a smoother enrollment process this year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is working with state health insurance exchanges, especially ones that struggled amid technical difficulties last year, as well as Medicaid officials.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it overpaid hospitals in Vermont to defray the costs of a state-level provider tax, and has demanded more than $12 million in refunds, Vermont Public Radio reported.
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has been an overall success for insurers in most states that have implemented it; however, the story is different in Kansas, which switched its entire Medicaid program to a private model.
CarePoint Health's new CEO Dennis Kelly plans to further expand the business beyond its Hudson County, New Jersey roots while focusing on keeping patients healthy and better coordinating care.
For three southern states--Arkansas, Kentucky and Texas--Medicaid expansion popularity continues to grow. Nearly 80 percent of residents in these states favor the expansion and many view Medicaid as comparable to or even better than private insurance when it comes to quality and affordability, according to a recent study from Health Affairs.
As insurers continue the shift toward value-based reimbursement, two Medicaid health plans improved members' health outcomes and lowered costs by combining value-based payments with a fee-for-service approach.